1.27.19 - Believe (Kenny Camacho)
Deuteronomy 10:12-17; Romans 2:25-29; Mark 9:23-25
Belief isn’t simply agreement with an idea; it’s something that only really happens when we act. In the Old Testament, the Law teaches that the mark of being part of God’s people is male circumcision. But in the book of Deuteronomy, and again, in Paul’s letter to the Romans, God warns that circumcision is only part of the picture: true belonging within the people of God only happens when we submit our hearts to Him. The connection here is that our faith in God isn’t only about rituals: instead, rituals are a starting point for a lifelong relationship where we test our beliefs, and as God sustains them, our confidence in His promises deepens. Beliefs are meant to be wrestled with; to be stretched, tested, and corrected. Our hope is that Revolution can be a safe place where we can “work out” our beliefs in community with one another.
What are a few of the most important beliefs in your life?
Have those beliefs changed over time? If so, what has made them grow stronger/weaker?
What do you believe about God? Would you consider yourself a Christian? Why or why not?
Do you think you have to have certainty about something in order to believe it? What particular beliefs about Jesus or about God do you wrestle with? How can you act on those beliefs, even as you hope for more certainty about them?
How can prayer be a part of the way you explore and test your spiritual beliefs? What can you pray about this month, and what kinds of answers or results can you be looking for?