Walking by Faith, not by Sight
By Scarlett Stough
To prepare for the study, please read Luke
chapters one through two, and the Women
in Christ Commentary: Mary and Grace
Part I Mary's Example
1. Luke 1:26-34 What was Mary's first reaction to the message Gabriel brought?
2. Luke 1:35-38 What was her decision?
3. Luke 1:45 On what did Mary base her decision?
4. Luke 2:1-7; Matthew 2:13-18; Luke 2:34-35; John 19:25-27; Mark 3:21, 31; John 8:41 What difficulties did Mary have to endure?
5. Luke 1:46-55; 2:19, 51 How did Mary
respond to the unusual events of her life?
6. What relationship do you see between Mary's faith and her faithfulness?
7. Name at least three characteristics
of Mary for a woman in Christ to imitate?
Part II Foundation of Faith
1. Hebrews 11:1 What is the Bible definition of faith? Does this mean that we can hope for just anything and be certain that we will receive it? What hope is sure?
2. Hebrews 11:11 On what did Abraham and Sarah base their faith? Compare this to what Elizabeth said about Mary in Luke 1:45.
3. Hebrews 11:6 Name two aspects of faith described in this verse. How is faith different from an optimistic outlook on life?
4. Hebrews 11:13-16, 39-40 Have people of faith received the object of their hope? Why did they continue to hope throughout their lives?
5. I Corinthians 15:16-22 What evidence did Jesus provide that our hope is sure?
6. John 3:13-18 In whom do we put our trust?
7. I John 1:1-5 What evidence is available to prove our faith in Christ is well placed?
8. Romans 8:16 What additional evidence do the children of God have for the certainty of our faith?
9. Job 13:15; Daniel 3:16-18 Did the faith
of these men depend on everything in their lives going well? Who were they
trusting? Why were they willing to remain faithful even to death?
Part III Faithfulness
1. Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 5:22-23; I Corinthians 12:9; Romans 10:17; What is the source of faith?
2. II Corinthians 10:15; Romans 12:3,6 Is faith static?
3. Matthew 24:12-13; Luke 18:6-8; II Timothy 2:16-18 What are some enemies of our faith?
4. II Thessalonians 1:3-4; I Corinthians 16:13-14; Colossians 1:22-23; 2:2-12; Titus 1:9; I Peter 1:3-9 How is faith built and strengthened?
5. I Peter 1:9 What is the goal of our faith?
6. I Thessalonians 1:2-10 What do you learn about faith from this passage? Who did the Thessalonian Church trust? How did they learn about faith? What did they do with their faith? For what were they hoping and waiting?
7. II Corinthians 5:7, 1-6; Philippians 4:11-13 How does a Christian handle adverse circumstances?
8. James 2:18- 26 What responsibility comes with faith?
9. Ephesians 6:13, 16; II Corinthians 1:24; I John 5:3-5; Revelation 17:14 What does faith enable the faithful to achieve?
10. Matthew 25:14-30 What did the lazy, wicked servant lack? (Think about the two aspects of faith in Hebrews 11:6.)
11. II Peter 1:5-11 What characteristics does God want his children to add to the foundation of faith? Why is this important?
12. Ephesians 2:8-10 What relationship do you see between faith, faithfulness, and grace?