Strong Faith


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Stronger Things Week #2
Strong Faith
 
Ephesians 3:17a – “so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,”
 
Faith as a S.T.R.O.N.G. acronym
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1) Sacrifice
 
Galatians 2:20 – “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
 
2) Time
 
Ephesians 4:11-16 – “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”
 
3) Resilience 
 
James 1:2-4 – “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
4) Opportunity 
 
5) Normalize
 
Your normal part of the day is your routine as it relates to Christ.
 
Give up approval. People with strong faith follow Christ no matter what the cost.
 
Give up contaminated people who are constantly negative in your life.
 
6) God
 
Strong faith doesn’t answer every question in life. 
 
“Blind” faith is putting your trust in where God is leading and what He’s doing.
 
We all have a God given purpose which means we’re not ordinary, we’re extraordinary.