Faith Out of the Shadows

What do you do when you’re struggling with your faith in Jesus? How do you strengthen your faith so that Jesus is your primary focal point? We’re going to deal with these questions and more in our upcoming 10-week Life Groups series, Faith Out of the Shadows. This series is a journey through Hebrews, a book written to first-century believers who were struggling with their faith because Jesus was no longer at the forefront of their focus. Today, we struggle with the same problems as the first-century believers. Rather than looking to ideas, people, feelings, or the past for personal validation, we must focus on Jesus to strengthen our faith. He is better than everything in the past and anything in the present or future.

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Faith Out of the Shadows | Lesson 1: Everything He Did, He Did for You

Week 1 |

Welcome to the first week of our new series, “Faith Out of the Shadows.” Over the next 10 weeks, you’re going to hear about how God uses water to build and strengthen our faith. Believe it or not, our faith can be deep and powerful because of what Jesus’ sacrifice for us. To kick off our series, David Kendrick helps us to understand the concept that everything Jesus did was for us by reminding us that we can make a difference—even when we doubt ourselves.

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Faith Out of the Shadows | Lesson 2: Fixate on Jesus- Never Turn Away

Week 2 |

It’s easier to lose focus in life than ever before. Before we know it, life’s distractions can even pull us away from Jesus. How can we keep our focus on Jesus when everything else is competing for our attention? In this second lesson, Adriana Cervantes teaches us about the biblical concept of focus and how to reorient our attention back to Jesus.

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Faith Out of the Shadows | Lesson 3: Are You Tired of Being Tired?

Week 3 |

Believe it or not, there are some Christians who feel they are “bothering God” if they bring their requests to Him in prayer. Others have superstitions about God—where He will ignore their prayer or something bad will happen to them if they don’t approach Him in the corrector manner. But are these healthy outlooks on a Christian’s relationship with God? To help us, Susana Colón takes us on a deep dive into Hebrews 4:16 to learn how to best approach God.

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Faith Out of the Shadows | Lesson 4: Don’t Be a Baby

Week 4 |

Today, there seems to be an overabundance of Christians who are plateaued in their faith. Some haven’t grown spiritually since they first accepted Jesus ten or thirty years ago. So, what does it look like to grow in our faith? In this lesson, Caleb Kaltenbach suggests some ideas for spiritual growth and how to avoid pitfalls of a plateaued faith.

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Faith Out of the Shadows | Lesson 5: Out of the Shadows, We Have a Savior!

Week 5 |

Ever heard the phrase, “Out with the old, in with the new”? Well, not only is it a timeless saying, but it holds some degree of truth. As creatures of habit, we like “what we’ve always done” or “what’s worked in the past.” As Christians, how do we battle the temptation to value other things as more important than Jesus? As we reach the middle of our series, Jeff Walling discusses Jesus, faith, and mustard!

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Faith Out of the Shadows | Lesson 6: No Bull- The Church is Still Essential

Week 6 |

Is attending church really necessary? While this question has been asked ever since the church began, increasing numbers of people and Christians are asking this question. Sadly, some have answered the question with their assumptions or by valuing other events and programs more than the church. Drawing from both Hebrews 10:19-25 and even her family, Nikko Dumas shares her reasons for believing the church is and always will be essential.

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Faith Out of the Shadows | Lesson 7: Faith Heroes

Week 7 |

Many Christians don’t realize how many blessings they have received from God through leaders from long ago… leaders like Abraham. One of the many blessings we’ve received from Abraham is the example and results of his faith. While much can be gleaned from his life, Abe Anaya has a crucial question for us to consider: What if our faith has a more profound and lasting impact than we know?

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Faith Out of the Shadows | Lesson 8: Believers Need Discipline

Week 8 |

We live in a time when it feels like a lot of Christian leaders are “falling” into sin. Truth be told, this has always been the case not only for church leaders, but for Christians too. Even though God is a loving God, it’s easy for Christians to despise God’s discipline of us when we fall. Derieck Lopez talks to us about the meaning of God’s discipline, how it should encourage us, and what it should inspire us to do.

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Faith Out of the Shadows | Lesson 9: Our God is a Consuming Fire

Week 9 |

In the very last verse of Hebrews 12, the author writes, “…for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’” These words have sparked a fair share of opinions, debates, and even fear. However, should this verse ignite any feelings of toxic fear? As we wind down the series, Brianne Bookout shares the meaning of Hebrews 12:28-29 and its promise to Christians.

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