Session 2: Trust God


Read this before your meet-up. It will give you some great background information to help make the most of your time together.

It is important that we know the truth about God, but it’s also crucial that we respond to that truth with faith. In other words, it’s not enough to mentally believe the right facts about God, we also have to trust God himself (See James 2:19).

Faith is the beginning of the Christian life. We came to God when we “were dead in the trespasses and sins in which [we] once walked” (Ephesians 2:1) and he “made us alive together with Christ” (Ephesians 2:5). This is salvation: we are sinners, but we are forgiven; we were dead, but we are resurrected. This salvation comes only by God’s grace (Ephesians 2:5) but it is applied to our lives through faith (Ephesians 2:8, “by grace you have been saved through faith”). Grace is the free love of God which has purchased our salvation; faith is the vehicle by which our salvation is delivered to our own lives. This is why we must believe in Christ (Acts 16:30–31).

Faith is the vehicle of our salvation because, trusting God to provide it all, we don’t contribute anything. We simply come to God with the open, empty hands of faith, saying “I trust YOU to save me.” He is strong, we are weak. He is wise, we are foolish. He is the hero, we are not. And so we trust him.

This kind of saving faith is always accompanied by repentance, which is turning away from sin and turning towards God (Acts 2:38). Repentance is an act of faith, because we trust God to guide us rather than our sin; we trust God to satisfy us, rather than our sin; we trust God’s Word to teach us what is right and what is wrong.

Saving faith is shown in the ordinance of baptism, which is an act of “repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Mark 1:4). Baptism doesn’t wash our sin away or make us clean in itself (1 Peter 3:21), but is a crucial act of faith for Christians to take after their conversion. When Christians are baptized, they become a living picture: Just as Jesus died for sins and was buried under the ground, we testify that our old self has died and we are buried under the waters; and just as Jesus rose victoriously, we are pulled up out of the waters to live with him. (Romans 6:4–11).

Faith is not just the beginning of our lives, we also live by faith every day:
  • We trust God to provide for us, and this enables us to give generously of ourselves (Philippians 4:10–19).
  • We trust God to guide us, and this enables us to obey his commands (1 Thessalonians 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 1:11).
  • We trust God to protect us, and this enables us to hope confidently (2 Corinthians 5:6–7).

Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6, Romans 14:23). We must seek to do everything by faith — trusting that God is real, and personally providing for, guiding, and protecting us.

Seeing the Kindness of God

The center of the Christian worldview is the kindness and mercy of God, which is seen supremely in the work of Christ (Exodus 34:6–7, 1 Corinthians 2:2), so every session will include a reminder of how this topic points us to God’s unfailing kindness.

God calls us to come to him with our empty hands, not based on our worthiness or anything we could bring to him. He doesn’t just demand our trust; he has shown himself to be trustworthy. Moreover, God himself gives us the faith that he requires (Ephesians 2:8–9, Philippians 1:29), not because we’ve shown ourselves worthy, but because God is full of grace.

Reflection Questions
Answer these before your meet-up.
  1. What is the difference between faith and grace?
  2. Do you know when God gave you saving faith for the first time?
  3. What is repentance?
  4. What is an area of your life where it is difficult to trust God right now?
  5. What is one question that you have about baptism?

Meet-Up Guide

review your action step
From your last meetup
  1. Were you able to read the Bible and consider what it taught you about God? Why or why not?
  2. Did this plan help you focus on God (rather than yourself) in your Bible reading?
  3. What were some of the things you learned or enjoyed about God in your Bible reading this week?
review the pre-reading
Answer these questions
  1. What does it mean for faith to be the vehicle of salvation?
  2. We trust God to provide, guide, and protect us. Which of these areas comes the easiest to you right now? Which is the most difficult?
  3. What is an area of your life where it is difficult to trust God right now?
hebrews 11:1-6

1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. 4 By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. 5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

study questions
Answer these questions in your meet-up
  • Read verse one several times and define each word. Use an English dictionary or another Bible translation to help you.
  • Who is Abel (v. 4)? Read his story in Genesis 4. Why did God accept his offering? How does this story point us to Jesus?
  • Who is Enoch (v. 5)? Read his story in Genesis 5:21–24. What happened as a result of Enoch’s faith? How does this story point us to Jesus?
  • The word “for” often shows reason or grounds — it explains why something took place. What is being described in verse six and what reasons are given for it?
  • What does this passage promise for our faith?
application questions
Answer these questions in your meet-up
  • What does this passage teach us about God?
  • What are some areas of your life that are difficult to trust God in? Why? How do you think you can grow your faith in these areas?
  • What things about the future/eternity are you personally looking forward to with confidence? (See verse one)
  • Why is it important to remember that faith is a gift?
Create an action step
Create one together
  • Make a list of things in your life you struggle to trust God with. 
action step:

At least three times before your next meet-up, pray over the list you just wrote, asking God to strengthen your faith.

Pray together
Pray together to close the meeting

Thank God for giving you faith and pray that he would strengthen it.