Information about all events listed can be
found at www.orlandowoc.org or on the
• December 1: Women’s Soiree – Details and
registration online or on the app.
• December 2: Prayer Walk at Barber Park
@ 7:30 a.m.
• December 8: BeMen Gathering @ 7 p.m.
• December 17: Christmas Production! Invite
your friends, family, and co-workers.
Please remember: when we transition into
our new building, our service times will
be 8am and 10am.
• What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
Why did you take it?
• If you have heard Sunday’s message, what
is one idea that really stood out to you?
Why did this idea grab your attention?
Now faith is confidence in what we
hope for and assurance about what
we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
So faith comes from hearing, that is,
hearing the Good News about Christ.
Romans 10:17 (NLT)
The key to living a victorious Christian life is
having complete trust in Jesus Christ. The
more we know Him, the more we will trust
Him. Our faith will grow as we read and obey
For some, faith is a difficult concept to grasp.
Let’s look at a basic definition before moving
forward: Faith is being active in what we
believe, not just what we say. Faith is a gift
from God (Romans 12:3) and it’s also a way
of living – living like what God says is true! It
doesn’t negate reality, but shows us the truth
about who we are and where we are going.
Now, let’s discuss how faith pleases God,
obeys God, and overcomes the world.
Faith Pleases God
• Hebrews 11:6
• Romans 1:17
For the genuine Christian, the major
motivating factor for all of life is the desire to
please God, not man. The key to pleasing God
is faith. Having or not having faith will
determine failure or growth in our walk with
Christ. The maturity of our faith depends on
how active we are with daily prayer, reading
the Word, quiet-time, devotion, etc...
• What is your prayer life like right now?
Hit-and-miss? Thriving? Non-existent?
• Talk about a time when you prayed for
something and God answered your prayers.
• Tell about a time when you were in a weak
place in your life and you needed to call on
God. Why did you go to God instead of
through it on your own?
Faith Obeys God
• Hebrews 11:8
• Galatians 2:20
Abraham is called the father of faith. His faith
in God always manifested itself in obedience to
God’s commands. If you look at the life of
Abraham, there were many times he could have
given up and walked away – leaving his family
and going to a country where he didn’t know
anyone, waiting years for his promised son to be
born, being asked to sacrifice that same son, or
not fully understanding the promise God gave
him of being the father of many nations.
But Abraham trusted God each step of the way.
Even in his moments of doubt, he trusted and
obeyed. He taught us that you will put your faith
in what you believe is the most real thing in the
moment you’re facing a challenge. Is your
situation or God’s Word more real?
What or who will you follow?
• Talk about a time you prayed hard for
something, but you felt it wasn’t answered the
way you wanted it. What was the final
• Talk about a time when you were unsure about
obeying God but did. What was the outcome?
Faith Overcomes the World
• 1 John 5:4-5
• 1 Peter 1:6-7 (Read in the Message)
The foundation of all spiritual victory is absolute
trust and faith in God, even in the times when
our faith is being tested. We can stand in
confidence knowing that “He gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians
• Tell about a time when your faith was tested.
How did you get through it? How did God
show up in that situation?
• Take time this week to read and reflect on
Hebrews chapters 10 and 11. Journal your
thoughts and how you can apply the scripture
to your life. Write down what you believe God
is speaking to you and how you can grow in
• We grow in our faith by reading God’s Word
and prayer. Do you spend enough time with
God for your faith to grow? If not, what needs