This fall, every campus and ministry of Calvary Church will focus on the same emphasis: DARING FAITH. Each weekend from now through October, we will explore a new passage from the life of Abraham and discover how he dared to overcome with God's power. He could have spent his life wandering in doubt; instead, Abraham chose to embrace God’s destiny for his life. The result? His descendants were as numerous as the stars in the sky!

Come back every week as we explore practical ways to live by faith in today’s world, and discover how your life can change when you dare to trust God!

Weekly Recap

Week 3: Dare to Do the Right Thing

Sept. 22/23

Truth

It's always the right time to do the right thing.

Dare

Choose the one area in your life which God is calling you to do the right thing and trust Him with the outcome.

 


Week 2: Dare to Worship

Sept. 15/16

Watch this message (by Pastor Ross) on our sermons page.

This weekend, we looked at when Abram went out and built an altar to honor and worship God. After that, Abram continued to visit the altar in good times and in bad. An altar is somewhere you meet God in a holy, sacred gathering place. Through Abram, God shows us that devoting our hearts and time to him will always lead us closer to his heart and his plan for us.

God has a plan for you, but it is in his timing, not yours. You have to wait on the Lord. You have to have patience. Sometimes, God's best will take a long time. Little things take a little time. Big things take a lot of time, and God's plan is deep and broad. He takes time to purify you and work in your life.

It's time to build your altar. If it's been scattered, build it again. It's never too late. God will send the fire, but first, you have to put the work in. Are you just beginning your journey? Are you realizing that you're not growing, not following Him? Wherever you are, it's time to get up and listen for God's voice.

The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring, I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him. From there he went on toward the hills east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. There he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.

Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev. Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe.
Genesis 12:7-10

Truth

Each moment of God's faithfulness creates an altar in your life.

Dare

Take 15 minutes every day this week to reflect on moments of God's faithfulness in your life.

 


Week 1: Dare to Begin

Sept. 8/9

This weekend, we looked at when God called Abraham out and gave him the great promise. Abram's family left their home for Canaan but stopped before ever getting there. Often, we find ourselves on a journey, but we stop. Maybe we choose to stop, maybe something stops us. God shows us, through Abram's calling, that it's never too late to be used by God and continue our journey. 

God is calling you to be a part of a world-changing movement. He's calling you to have the courage and the faith to start your spiritual journey again. It doesn't matter your age, it doesn't matter what you've been through—you just need to say, "Lord, yes! I want to discover who you are and all you have for me." God has a plan for you, but you have to believe that following Him is the only way to get it done. And if you just take those small steps and begin a journey of Bible study and fellowship, of growing and seeking Him, He's going to lead you to where you never thought possible. Imagine what God can do in your life if you start letting Him speak to you!

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
“I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.”

Genesis 12:1-3

Truth

In our Journey of faith, we must always make the choice to keep going.

Dare

What have you given up on? Dare to start again, whether it's a Bible reading plan, prayer, serving, etc. 

 


Small Group Leaders

Note to small group leaders:

  • You may use these questions to enjoy conversation during your relational time, prior to your study, or at the beginning of your discussion time as a precursor to your study. Some general questions are provided below if you prefer this approach.
  • If you prefer to use these questions as the curriculum for your entire group, please consider the complete set of questions below. Feel free to use the general questions as an icebreaker to get the group talking.

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS WEEK # 3

General Questions:

 

Questions for Discussion:

 

 

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS WEEK # 2

General Questions:

  1. How do you define worship?
  2. Describe a time in your life when you clearly identified God’s presence in your life. What emotions surfaced? How did you respond to God’s presence?
  3. What is your favorite Bible verse about worship?

Questions for Discussion:

  1. A truth in this week’s sermon is that God’s plan takes time.
    1. Illustration (by Pastor Michael Smith): I recall a time in my life when I did not have enough money to pay my monthly tuition bill when I was a student in Bible College. God miraculously provided just enough money for me to pay my bill. Later in life, I served on staff as a youth pastor at a church who changed insurance companies. In the process, we lost insurance because my wife was expecting our second child. This was deemed a pre-existing condition. I prayed weekly in my youth staff prayer meeting for God’s provision, and the youth staff recognized my faith. Again, God miraculously provided for our family and met our needs. God prepared me for that moment by the victory He provided to me when I was in college.
    2. Share an example of when God unfolded His plan for your life over time.
  2. Read Genesis 12:7-8. This text records that Abraham built an altar… He stayed connected with God. (Ask the first questions to the group, and have people answer it. Then ask the next questions, and let people share responses. Finally, ask the last question).
    1. How do you stay connected with God?
    2. In a perfect world, with nothing competing against your desires – how would you like to connect with God?
    3. What is one action you can take to move closer to your desires in a perfect world?
  3. What comes to mind when you hear the word altar? (like the one Abraham built)
    1. Pastor mentioned that an altar is a place of atonement, or where sacrifice is made for sin. It’s also a place of protection. It is a place where God speaks to us.
    2. How has God used an altar to speak to you in your life?
  4. This week’s truth: When you experience the reality of God, You can’t help but worship Him
    1. This week’s DARE: Set aside time in your schedule to discover who God is… and worship Him!
    2. How will you live out this week’s DARE in your life?
  5. What is your greatest learning from this discussion (and Pastor’s sermon) regarding worship? Or regarding an altar?

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS WEEK #1

General Questions:

  1. Share a story of a time when you displayed great faith. What did you learn?
  2. Share a story of a time when you displayed weak faith. What did you learn?
  3. What inspires you about Abraham’s story?
  4. How do you define faith?
  5. What is your favorite Bible verse about faith?

Questions for Discussion:

  1. Abraham is the father of faith. Read Hebrews 12:1-2 and share a definition of faith in your own words.
  2. Look throughout Hebrews chapter 11 and share what happened/happens by faith.
    1. What do we learn about faith in Hebrews chapter 11?
  3. Read Galatians 3:6-9:
    1. According to this text, what does it mean to be a child of Abraham?
    2. As a child of Abraham, what blessings have we been promised (Consider Genesis 12:1-4).
  4. According to Genesis 12:2-3, what is Abraham’s clear promise from God?
  5. In today’s sermon, pastor alludes to the fact that faith is simple, yet profound. Simple, because faith is about trusting God. Profound, because faith is about trusting God (same words for simple and profound).
    1. What makes this definition so simple?
    2. What makes this definition so profound?
  6. Faith depends on hearing the voice of God. Two miracles happened with Abraham:
    1. One, God spoke. Two, Abraham heard God.
    2. What is God speaking to you? And, how will you respond? What is God calling you to?
  7. In Sunday’s message, Pastor communicated that God blesses those who live by faith. Share a story of a time where you enacted faith, and saw God’s blessing.
    1. This could be a story about someone else…
  8. What is your greatest learning from this discussion (and Pastor’s sermon) regarding faith?