7 Bible Verses to Reinforce Your Faith

by Katy Kauffman

How many times have we stood on the edge of the unknown and we knew we should move forward in faith? Has it happened recently to you? We hesitate to enter the unknown because we can’t see how things will turn out. We can’t see the safety net either—God’s invisible hand. Human reasoning tells us to run back the way we came, to depend on what we can see, and to trust in our own abilities. But a still, small voice tells us to jump in faith. We recall how God has helped us in the past. We remember when He taught us to fly.


I can’t count how many “unknowns” I’ve stood before, unsure of what was ahead. But I do remember that each time I jumped in faith, either God caught me or He taught me to fly. When I have depended on Him, He has never let me plummet into darkness. He was the light I needed and the hand that upheld me.


Faith. How do you define it? Is faith believing God without evidence? Or is it believing the evidence that God gives?

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Door Post Verses: Faith

How many times have we stood on the edge of the unknown and we knew we should move forward in faith? Has it happened recently to you? We hesitate to enter the unknown because we can’t see how things will turn out. We can’t see the safety net either—God’s invisible hand. Human reasoning tells us to run back the way we came, to depend on what we can see, and to trust in our own abilities. But a still, small voice tells us to jump in faith. We recall how God has helped us in the past. We remember when He taught us to fly.

I can’t count how many “unknowns” I’ve stood before, unsure of what was ahead. But I do remember that each time I jumped in faith, either God caught me or He taught me to fly. When I have depended on Him, He has never let me plummet into darkness. He was the light I needed and the hand that upheld me.

 

 

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Bible Application for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

What kind of relationship does Jesus want with believers? How does He describe Himself in John Chapter 14? What does He promise us, and what does He want us to do?

John Ch. 14  The Relationship Built on Trust

.1-6         Believe in Me:   “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (v.6).
v.7-12     Believe Me: “I am in the Father, and the Father in Me” (v.10).
v.13-14  Believe Me: “Whatever you ask in My name, that I will do” (v.13). ...

 

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Bible Application for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

The Good Shepherd

Scripture is so rich, that 10 people might get 10 different sets of application for the same chapter, depending on what emphasis they saw in it. Which of the following do you like the best for this reassuring chapter in John?

John Ch. 10  Believe Me: I Am the Good Shepherd.

v.1-6      His privilege:  The sheep follow only the Shepherd.
v.7-10    His position:   I am the door for them to salvation and abundant life.
v.11-21  His plan:         I will give My life for them.
v.22-30  His promise:   I will give them eternal life.
v.31-39  His proof:       Believe Me because of My works.
v.40-42  His purpose:   “Many believed in Him there” (v.42). ...

 

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Bible Application for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

In John Ch. 7, Jesus’ brothers did not believe in Him, the Jews wanted to kill Him, and the people were divided on whether He was a good Man or a deceiver. But some of the people considered Jesus’ words and the signs that He did, and wondered whether He was the Christ.

John Ch. 7  Is this Man the Christ?

v.1-9      Familiarity alone can’t prove it.
v.10-13  There will be conflicting opinions.
v.14-18  If anyone wants to do God’s will,  he will know if Jesus’ doctrine is God’s.
v.19-24  Judge Him with righteous judgment.
v.25-30  Would God choose Jesus to be His Representative? ...

 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

1 John Ch. 3 Choose your abiding place:

abiding in God, in love, and in righteousness brings life and assurance;

abiding in sin, in the world, and in the devil brings death.

v.1      Because of His love for us, God has called us to an identity and reality in Him that the world doesn’t understand or value—being His children.

v.2-3   As a child of God, aspire to have purity like your Father’s, and do your part of realizing it.

v.4-6  Choose to abide in Jesus in whom there is no sin, because to the extent that you 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

Every time I study a book of the Bible, I find reasons to think it could be one of my favorites. But I think the Gospel of John is my favorite of all. It showcases the person and ministry of Jesus in ways that are unique, even compared to the other three gospels. John Ch. 4 shows us a glimpse of the heart of Jesus. He traveled to a well where He could talk to a woman who came that day to draw water, and He stayed to minister to the people of the town where she lived. The three sets of application statements (What does God want us to know, or to do?) or phrases show various perspectives on the chapter.

The word “believe” is in the Gospel of John more than any other book in the Bible, and “Believe in Jesus” is the message and the invitation of this beloved book.

Gospel of John:  Believe in Jesus—Get to know Him, choose Him for yourself, and live in union and fellowship with Him.

John Ch. 4  Sowing the word reaps a harvest of belief.

v.1-6 God may send you ...

 

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Bible Outlines for Reading, Teaching, or Discussion Groups

Precious Promises

Nehemiah 9:7-8 tells us that God made a covenant (a binding agreement) with Abraham and his descendants—all those who believe (Rom 4:11) of every generation, including us today. Chapter 9 lists some of the blessings that God gave His people, and ends with the people reaffirming or refreshing their covenant with God. What can we learn (Rom 15:4) from this chapter about how God blesses those who believe in Him? In other words,

What does God covenant to do for His people?   
v.8 give us a home with Him
v.8 perform all His words ...

 

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