The Gray Faith Online Study is finally here!! I’ve been waiting for this and I’m so excited to share these free resources with you. Please feel free to share this material with someone, use it to lead your own study offline, or share/comment on the blog to add your voice to the conversation! This chapter is all about digging into YOUR stories and backgrounds, and I’d love to hear whatever you feel comfortable sharing. Check out the video to learn a bit more about the heart of the study and chapter 1.
Happy “Gray Faith-ing”!
Write a summary of your own life story- be as brief or detailed as you want. Consider how your childhood laid the foundation for your current identity and beliefs. Allow yourself to dwell on the emotions that arise and give yourself permission to question things that you may have been afraid to question. There’s no right or wrong in this space; you are simply an explorer, searching through your past to find pieces of who you are today. As you write, ask God to begin to show you where your faith might be a bit plastic or built on certain assumptions of the Christianity or faith you grew up with. If you feel comfortable, share your story with a friend or your small group.
Chapter 1 Study Questions:
1. What’s your story? Who are the people and circumstances that most shaped your life and faith?
2. In the first section of chapter one, I talk about how “good Christianity” lied to me. Have you experienced your own assumptions of “good Christianity”? If so, what has made you question those assumptions?
3.Read the parable of the Lost Son in Luke 15:11-32. Which brother do you relate to and why?
4. Whose crazy story have you watched that inspires you to step out in faith yourself?
5: What is your God-given passion beyond your means to produce or create on your own? Whether it’s something you’re still dreaming about or you’re in the middle of living it out, I challenge you to share that dream with someone and let them pray and journey with you.
6.What does it look like to accept brokenness, doubts, and mistakes as part of our journey of faith? Do you believe that as Christians we’ll always have room to grow?
7. Are there any beliefs that you hold in your head that you’ve struggled to experience with your heart? What’s one small step you could take to embrace that belief physically, instead of just mentally?
Bible passages for further study:
Luke 15:11-32 (The Parable of the Prodigal Son); Deuteronomy 6:1-3 (Passing Faith to our Kids); Proverbs 22:6 (Raising Children); Galations 3 (Faith vs. the Law); Matthew 9:13 (Jesus came for sinners); Luke 18:18-35 (Heart vs. Rules)
(All study material in this blog comes directly from the “Gray Faith” book. If you’d like to purchase a copy or ebook, click HERE!)