This sermon series will encourage us to live beyond the normal limits of life and experience the unlimited power of God on a regular basis. Based on the lives of the Hebrew heroes of the Old Testament, we will learn to overcome our barriers, conquer our fears, realize our goals, and start over when we fail.
Week 1 (07.05) – Abraham: The Journey of Faith – Click here for this week’s study guide.
This week we are looking at the courageous faith of Abraham and breaking down his journey of faith. Faith is the key that unlocks the power of God in our lives. It enables us to live by His promises and experience His blessings in our personal lives. The first reference to believing in God is in story of Abraham. His journey of faith started at the age of 75. Although he did not live a life of perfection he is known as the paragon of faith, a friend of God, the forefather of Israel, and was credited righteousness. Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible, and receives the impossible.
Week 2 (07.12) – Jacob: Overcoming the Obstacles – Click here for this week’s study guide.
Week 3 (07.19) – Joseph: Starting Over, When it All Falls Apart – Click here for this week’s study guide.
Have you ever felt that you lost your sunshine? Like you were in the pit of despair? Or as if God has forgotten you? You are not alone! While these experiences are unavoidable, we can learn from Joseph that no matter how deep we may find ourselves in “the pit”, God’s grace is deeper. Let us discover how God takes our oppositions and uses them for opportunities – how He takes our set-backs and uses them as set-ups for something beyond our wildest dreams, and how God fulfills His promises despite the series of disasters that may occur. Faith is the key that unlocks the power of God in our lives… especially when it appears that we are surrounded by hopelessness.
Week 4 (07.26) – Moses: Faith that Chooses and Refuses – Click here for this week’s study guide.
A person with courageous faith is someone who is not shaken by circumstances; someone who may experience fear but does not live in fear; someone who is secure and strong no matter what. This type of faith is not limited to the “super heroes” in the Bible or the “super saints” of today but this faith is available to all. Instead of reacting to circumstances, we are called to make decisions in advance. This preparation allows us to be courageous when situations arise because our faith is based upon God’s promises, not on our own fear or comfort.
Week 5 (08.02) – Joshua: I Will Serve the Lord – Click here for this week’s study guide.
God does the extraordinary and impossible out of ordinary people. He is calling us to do great things, but they are often difficult and we can struggle with His calling. We are afraid, uncomfortable, challenged, and sometimes lost in our own self-constructed clutter of daily responsibility; however, someday, in some way, at some time, God will speak to us clearly and we will once again become aware of His faithfulness and His Presence in our lives. That is when the impossible will become possible. What it comes down to for us as God’s children is a simple choice: Will we choose to serve ourselves, or will we choose to serve the Lord? Joshua was one to say, “As for me and my house, I will serve the Lord”.
Week 6 (08.09) – Gideon: Zero to Hero – Click here for this week’s study guide.
Courageous faith requires believing that God will do the impossible things with your life regardless of your fears, feelings of inadequacy, or lack of resources. We see this all throughout the Scriptures, and especially with Gideon. Since Gideon was obedient to God, God took his ordinary life and used him to do extraordinary things. He went from being a zero to being a hero! He went from being a “nobody” to be being mentioned in the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11. What God has done through Gideon, He also wants to do for you! Listen to Him carefully; there is a good chance that He is calling you, so be ready to say “YES”!
Week 7 (08.16) – Jephthah: Can I Buy a Vow? – Click here for this week’s study guide.
Jephthah was a strong leader and warrior who led Israel into victory over the Ammonites, but he was far from a role model for us as Christians today. Let’s learn from Jephthah today, not about how not to be a good parent, or how to make a vow to God, but learn about how God uses imperfect people, even those who have been outcast by society, to do extraordinary things when walk in courageous faith. Join us as we re-discover God’s loving character and witness how the Holy Spirit does not discriminate nor reject people because of their past or their upbringing. Regardless of your heritage, status, position, race, or gender, God’s Spirit will empower you to fulfill His will, and His Spirit will lead you into areas of victory in your life if you choose to serve and obey the Lord alone.
Week 8 (08.23) – Courageous Faith | Samson: Most Likely to Succeed – Click here for this week’s study guide.
Samson would have been voted “most likely to succeed” in high school. He was handed everything he needed to be successful, and he had all the advantages of leadership. He also had God’s blessings upon him from the moment he was born. God gave him a special job to lead and protect the Israelites, and God’s Spirit gave him unique power, both spiritual and physical to do the job.
Although he was set up for success, he yielded to sin and temptation, which ruined his life, but Samson is still remembered today as the man who received the grace of God despite his sins. That grace, since it is a free gift from God, is available to each one of us no matter what we have done in our past.
Week 9 (08.30) – Courageous Faith | David: After God’s Own Heart – Click here for this week’s study guide.
Having courageous faith requires more than having faith. It requires having a loving heart for God. Long before David slayed a giant, became a mighty warrior, or stepped up as the greatest King of Israel, he was a 15 year old shepherd boy who worshipped God while tending the sheep. When the time came for God to look for new King, God was not looking for a man of status, stature, prestige, or experience. He was looking for a person who had a big loving heart for Him. This person was David. He is the only one to be known as ‘the man after God’s own heart’. Learn how David substantiated this passion for God throughout the seasons and challenges of his life and how we should do the same.
Week 10 (09.06) – Courageous Faith | Jonathan: A True Friend – Click here for this week’s study guide.
We may get the impression that people who practice courageous faith always get the spotlight, but this is often not the case. Jonathan was at least equally as courageous as people like Abraham, Moses, Gideon, and even David himself, yet we mistakenly see Jonathan as someone who is insignificant.
The truth is, Jonathan’s allegiance to God and sacrificial love for David changed the course of history. His life demonstrates the epitome of true friendship, and it teaches us the necessity, results, blessings, and characteristics of true friendship. Courageous faith is greatly enhanced by friends who would surrender their own life for yours. We demonstrate courageous faith by being a friend who is willing to do the same.
Week 11 (09.13) – Courageous Faith | Daniel: Stand Up – Click here for this week’s study guide.
The hardest part of standing up for what you believe in is staying true to your beliefs while existing in a culture that may not agree with those beliefs. Perhaps no one knows this better than Daniel. He was kidnapped from his homeland and forced to live in a pagan culture which challenged his beliefs and lifestyle. With great victory, Daniel demonstrates how we can have courageous faith by predetermining what we will and will not accept.
Week 12 (09.20) – Courageous Faith | Nehemiah – Click here for this week’s study guide.
Courageous faith is the key that unlocks the power of God in our lives, but not without criticism. Almost every great thing that has been accomplished for the glory of God has been ridiculed, condemned, or criticized. Let us learn from Nehemiah. Not only was he able to lead a group of unskilled people to do the impossible task of rebuilding an ancient wall, but he also demonstrated how it could be done while others surrounded them with threats and insults. And through it all, the people became stronger in their faith and more joyful in their praise.
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