Summer Soak: Introduction

Summer Soak, it’s time to soak in what we’ve learned about faith.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1 ESV

Faith is being assured of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what it looks like to walk with God. To be a disciple of Jesus. No matter where you are in your faith journey with God, you have placed your hope in His promises and stepped out into the unseen.

Read John 3:16 and 7:38

Both of these verses reveal something about faith in Jesus through the words: believe in.

The Greek for believe means to trust, have faith in. Believe in a way that moves you to action. It is not just intellectual assent (believing in your mind). It is something we live out. If you want to know what you really believe, look at how you live. What are you trusting in? Where is your faith?

The Greek, eis, translated as in adds depth to the understanding of what kind of belief the Scripture intends us to walk in. It is a word with a sense of motion going deeper and deeper. Eis is not a stagnant word. When connected to believe it means we are to trust more and more of our life to God through Jesus by way of the Holy Spirit. Do you trust Him more than you did last year? the last five years? ten years?

Faith or belief is ultimately about trust. An ongoing ever deepening trust.

Jesus said the entire law, our entire life of faith, could be summed up as: Love God, love others (Matthew 22:36-40).

And that’s exactly what we’re going to do. Delve into God’s definition of love, examining what it means, how well we are doing it, and how to do it better when it comes to loving Him and loving others as an act of trusting faith. We find God’s definition of love in 1Corinthians.

Read 1Corinthians 13:4-7

We’ll be looking at each aspect of love revealed in these verses over the coming weeks.

Summer Soak may look a bit different than other Bible studies. We envision coming together weekly to teach each other, share with each other, what we are experiencing in our spiritual lives as we put what we know about faith into practice.

Some may have more experience with faith than others, but that’s why we gather. No one person has the same walk with God. Each of us has experienced Him uniquely up to this point in our lives. That’s why we gather to share our stories and learn from one another.

Read Matthew 28:16-20

What specific instructions did God give the disciples?

Jesus told the disciples to go, make disciples, baptize, and teach. Jesus commissioned them to do these things with His power and authority. This doesn’t only apply to the eleven who were with Jesus, it applies to all of us. Because we are all His disciples (John 8:31-32).

Do you think we are all called to teach? Why or why not?

Carol says:

I can’t help it. I’m a word junkie. I can’t help but look into the original language of the text. He has given me this weird spiritual bent to want to know what these translated words said when He spoke them to those He called to write Scripture.

The word which caught my attention this time? Go.

One aspect of the original Greek means: to pursue the journey on which one has entered, to continue on one’s journey (Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon).

Do you see what that means? Our journey of faith is only pursued and continued by following Jesus’s commission, through making more disciples, baptizing, and teaching. This is all part of our journey to grow deeper in faith. To continue on the path He set us on. This is why all His disciples are called to teach.

Read Colossians 3:16

According to this Scripture what are Believers supposed to do?

Every Believer is teaching someone somewhere. Every single day we teach with our intention, our actions, and then our words. Colossians tells Believers we should teach each other.

Where do you receive teaching? Where do you find yourself as the teacher?

Read Galatians 6:6

This Scripture captures the heart of our Summer Soak study. Coming together as a community to soak up what God is doing in us and through us. Learning and growing with each other as we soak up the Son.

The study has very little formal teaching.. Each week’s topic will post on Wednesdays right here, at SisterTalkFaith.com. In the post you will find:

  • A Scripture Memory Verse
  • A Short Lesson on the topic for the week.
  • A Spiritual Discipline
  • Summer Soak Journal Questions

Move through these as the Spirit leads you during the week.

You may want to designate a journal or spiral notebook for this journey. Journaling in itself is a great spiritual discipline which gives us a record of how we have grown. We ask you to approach this study with an open heart to His Spirit and to the ones you gather with. This is the first step in moving toward loving God and loving others more.

We will meet weekly on Tuesdays with our sisters. If you can’t join us, we hope you find a set of sisters to meet with to share what you’ve learned. You’re also welcome to leave comments telling us what you’ve learned.

Have a great week. We can’t wait to see what you have to teach us.

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