"Mine" Series (Week 1)

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SCRIPTURE

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine andputs them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his

house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash” (Matthew 7:24-27 NIV, emphasis added).

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves (James 1:22 NLT).

TEACHING OUTLINE

Do you have any awkward family photos? I do. NOTE: Share some awkward photos of your own. Part of being and becoming an adult is slowly becoming your own person. And just like in every other area of life, that’s true in your faith, too.

Part of being an adult is moving from a faith that’s “theirs” to a faith that’s “mine.” Lots of people have ideas about how you develop or grow your faith: Some people think it’s about learning a bunch of stuff; others think it’s by going to church a lot.

In this series, we’re going to look at how people grow spiritually and how God propels our faith forward. Here’s the reality: God wants you to grow in your relationship with Him more than you do.

Today, we’re going to take a look at a message Jesus gave called the “Sermon On The Mount.” The sermon was basically talking about what your life would look like if you had a big, vibrant, and alive faith.

Jesus’ list wasn’t just good things to believe; it was things we do because we believe. Notice that Jesus mentions two big ideas: hearing His wordsand putting them into practice.

If you and I don’t DO any of the things Jesus talked about, our faith will never change. Jesus is saying that there’s more to our relationship with Him than just hearing His words.

In this verse, Jesus points out the reason the house made it through the storm, and it wasn’t just because somebody KNEW ABOUT the right way to build it; the wise man actually DID SOMETHING with what he knew.

Strong faith is about doing, not just knowing.

You and I can listen to sermons, do devotionals, and show up for small group—and we SHOULD—but it also needs to be about you and I doing more than just that.

The people who develop an adult faith are people who learn to hear and then put into practice.

One simple exercise is to think back on things you’ve heard or learned recently or in the past. Ask yourself: “Am I doingthis? Am I even trying? Or have I been fooled into thinking that knowing is enough?”

Practice makes our faith more real.

As you head out today, I want you to think about some of the ways you’ve grown up the past couple of years.

God’s desire is to have a relationship between you and Him, and for you to develop a real-life, growing faith that leads you to know Him better.