Dec. 8, 2019
In Matthew 1, Rahab the prostitute is listed as one of the ancestors of Jesus. Her story, which is found in the Old Testament book of Joshua, is a story of remarkable faith and trust in the God of Israel. From her story, we see that God delights in showing his goodness through the faith of people who are deemed weak and outcast by society.
What is the connection between true faith and action? How can this connection be misunderstood or misconstrued?
How can success and prosperity be an inhibitor to genuine faith? How might your own faith be negatively affected at times due to success and prosperity?
What sorts of things are you prone to put your trust in over-and-above God? How do those things ultimately fail us? How can we help each other see those areas of misplaced trust?
Why does God prefer to show his grace and glory through the down-and-out, the weak, and the despised? Why is it such good news that Jesus came in weakness and humility?
Pray that God would increase our faith, causing us to trust in him at a deeper and deeper level.
Pray for deeper humility and a willingness, like Jesus, to be associated with the outcast.
Pray for faith to believe that God would save people in your life who have yet to come to know Jesus.