The second series of "Seeking Him" Bible Study was held at New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia on Thursday morning, Oct. 10 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
New participants joined the group, and the first lesson in the series was "Faith: Believing Without Proof."
The lesson began by participants articulating in their own words the meaning of the word "faith" as they understood it. They were encouraged not to use Hebrews 11:1 in their definition because faith is more than mere quoting that scripture that says, "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
After the discussion of what faith means, the group moved on to discuss the five types of faith: doctrinal faith, saving faith, justifying faith, indwelling faith, and daily faith.
The next discussion was about activating one's faith. Just as a credit card cannot be used until it is activated, faith needs to be activated in order to be used to its full capacity. That discussion led into ways to test one's faith.
The participants were asked to explain what is meant by everyone has "a measure of faith" no matter what the size. It could be a thimble full, a cup full, a jar full, or any measure.
Also, there was a deep discussion about faith being "venture capital." Because we are kingdom entrepreneurs, we should make a deposit on our faith just as we use money to pay for what we buy. In other words, our faith is the down payment on what we expect to receive as long as it lines up with the word of God.
The session concluded with participants discussing effective faith vs. ineffective faith.
Next Thursday's lesson is "Stewardship: More Than Just Tithing."