To introduce this session, ask the men to consider a time in their life when they lost faith and hope in life. Ask what object, situation, position, or person their hope hinged upon at the time. Emphasize that faith in anything other than Jesus Christ is fleeting and that only His sacrifice on the cross is permanent.
Introduce the video by stating that believers must focus our faith upon the hope found in Jesus Christ. It is not enough to want something or desire something to go well in our lives, we must have faith, a sure hope that God provided all we will ever need through the work of Jesus Christ.
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Ask the men to discuss the true meaning of Jeremiah 29:11. Point out that it does not mean God will give us what we desire. It means that God provides what He has in store for us. His plans are greater than anything we could ever conceive.
Substitute the following question for Question 2 in the Personal Study Guide:
- Have you ever wanted something so badly that you tried to force things to happen your way instead of praying about it? Describe that situation. How would things have turned out differently if you had simply had faith that God would take care of you?
Substitute the following question for Question 5 in the Personal Study Guide:
- What advice would you give someone who has no faith or hope?
Share your thoughts! How are you introducing focused faith with your men’s group?
These options for men’s groups for “Resilient Faith” were written by Kevin Garrett. Kevin is Associate Pastor in Education and Outreach at Parker Memorial Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. He is co-author of “The Two-Minute Drill to Manhood: Becoming The Man God Meant You to Be” along with John Croyle and has been a regular contributor/writer for Lifeway. Twitter account: @kevinleegarrett