Don’t Shipwreck Your Faith
(1 Timothy 1:18-19, MSG) “I’m passing this work on to you, my son Timothy. The prophetic word that was directed to you prepared us for this. All those prayers are coming together now so you will do this well, fearless in your struggle, keeping a firm grip on your faith and on yourself. After all, this is a fight we’re in.There are some, you know, who by relaxing their grip and thinking anything goes have made a thorough mess of their faith.”
(Acts 27:21-26, MSG) “With our appetite for both food and life long gone, Paul took his place in our midst and said, “Friends, you really should have listened to me back in Crete. We could have avoided all this trouble and trial. But there’s no need to dwell on that now. From now on, things are looking up! I can assure you that there’ll not be a single drowning among us, although I can’t say as much for the ship—the ship itself is doomed. Last night God’s angel stood at my side, an angel of this God I serve, saying to me, ‘Don’t give up, Paul. You’re going to stand before Caesar yet—and everyone sailing with you is also going to make it.’ So, dear friends, take heart. I believe God will do exactly what he told me. But we’re going to shipwreck on some island or other.”
• “Shipwreck Faith” – means to reject your belief in God, it means not to trust God, lose confidence in God’s faithfulness, etc.
• Discussion Questions:
1. What is challenging your faith today?
2. Why is it important to not dwell on the past, but to look forward?
3. What do you have to detox from so that you can keep your faith intact?