To be a disciple of Jesus in the real world, we have to be ready to have our faith challenged by circumstances. If it turns out that our faith is immature, or that we don’t really have much faith at all, we may well need what we’re calling a “faith upgrade.” So it helps to assess where you are spiritually. What does faith mean? How can you plan for any changes you may decide that you need to make?
Get together with another person from your class—literally or by phone. (This kind of activity usually works better if you work with someone other than a spouse or close loved one.)
Consider questions like:
- “How did you respond to your last difficult situation?”
- “Did you immediately begin praying about it?”
- “Whom did you turn to first when you were in difficulties—your insurance agent, 911, or Jesus?”
- Discuss together whether you think your faith needs an upgrade. If you come to the conclusion that you do need a faith upgrade, then do the following:
- Write one or two specifics related to each of the three faith-building strategies.
- Discuss how the two of you may plan specific ways to help and support one another.
- Discuss your reactions and emotions in this exercise. Did you feel comfortable sharing this sort of thing? Was it difficult for either of you? Was it impossible?*