Believe

What is “Believe”?

Beginning on January 10th, 2016, our church and will begin a new 30-week sermon series called “Believe”. Believe is a unique spiritual growth journey that helps you to think, act, and be more like Jesus. In it, general editor and pastor Randy Frazee walks you through the ten key Beliefs of the Christian faith, the ten key Practices of a Jesus-follower, and the ten key Virtues that characterize someone who is becoming more like Jesus.

Each chapter uses short topical passages from the New International Version to help you live the story of the Bible. As you journey through this book, whether in a group or on your own, one simple truth will become undeniably clear: what you believe drives everything. Each chapter includes both Old Testament and New Testament Scripture passages that relate to the specific belief, practice, or virtue in that chapter. Chapters being with a key question, a key idea, and a key verse to guide the reader, along with helpful introductions, summaries, and through-provoking questions. Using this edition of Believe, church families around the globe can now embrace a full ministry year through worship services, small group studies, and family activities.

About the BELIEVE experience

Know what you believe and why it matters.

Grounded in Scripture, BELIEVE is a unique discipleship experience that helps Christians of all ages become more like Jesus in their beliefs, actions, and character. This series illuminates the core beliefs of the Christian faith to help you think, act, and be more like Christ.

The BELIEVE experience includes books of carefully selected Scripture for adults, students, and kids; a companion book for discipleship and growth; a storybook and a coloring book for children; and curriculum for every age group. All editions of BELIEVE unpack 30 key ideas of the Bible: 10 key beliefs, 10 key practices, and 10 key virtues of a Christian, so your whole church can learn to be more like Jesus together.

How to Think, Act, & Be

THINK. What do I believe?
What you believe drives everything. The way you behave, the habits you form, the character that defines you at your core – all are driven by what you believe. It’s not enough to believe something as the right answer; you must believe it as a way of life. BELIEVE helps you understand the key beliefs of Christianity that, when embraced in the mind and heart, create true change in our individual lives, in the church, and in the world.

ACT. What should I do?
Understanding what you believe is just the beginning. To become like Jesus, your beliefs need to not only inform you but also transform you. It is the practice of reaching up to God and out to others that drive beliefs from your head…to your heart. BELIEVE teaches you the life-giving spiritual disciplines that will lead you in fulfilling your mission to love God and love your neighbor.

BE. Who am I becoming?
Jesus wants us to bear fruit that glorifies God and brings great joy to us and to others. For this to happen, we must remain in Christ. And the longer we remain in community with Christ, the more spiritual fruit, or virtues, we will produce. BELIEVE illuminates the virtues – the outward life changes in us – that are formed by the 10 beliefs and cemented through the 10 practices. It is a grand cycle that shapes us into the image of Christ more and more every day.

Learn more about this whole-church experience at BelieveTheStory.com

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Date Chapter No. & Title Key Idea Key Verse Session Videos 
THINK—Key Beliefs: What Do I Believe? Download this grid
January 10th, 2016 Introduction to Believe Session Video
January 17th, 2016 1. God I believe the God of the Bible is the only true God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 13:14 Session Video
January 24th, 2016 2. Personal God I believe God is involved in and cares about my daily life.  Psalm 121:1-2 Session Video
January 31st, 2016 3. Salvation I believe a person comes into a right relationship with God by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  Ephesians 2:8-9 Session Video
February 7th, 2016 4. The Bible I believe the Bible is the Word of God and has the right to command my belief and action. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Session Video
February 14th, 2016 5. Identity in Christ I believe I am significant because of my position as a child of God. John 1:12 Session Video
February 28th, 2016 6. Church I believe the church is God’s primary way to accomplish his purposes on earth. Ephesians 4:15 Session Video
March 6th, 2016 7. Humanity I believe all people are loved by God and need Jesus Christ as their Savior. John 3:16 Session Video
March 13th, 2016 8. Compassion I believe God calls all Christians to show compassion to people in need. Psalm 82:3-4 Session Video
April 3rd, 2016 9. Stewardship I believe everything I am and everything I own belongs to God. Psalm 24:1-2 Session Video
April 10th, 2016 10. Eternity I believe there is a heaven and a hell and that Jesus will return to judge all people and to establish his eternal kingdom. John 14:1-2 Session Video
ACT—Key Practices: What Shall I Do?
April 17th, 2016 11. Worship I worship God for who he is and what he has done for me. Psalm 95:1-2 Session Video
April 24th, 2016 12. Prayer I pray to God to know him, to find direction for my life and to lay my requests before him. Psalm 66:18-20 Session Video
May 1st, 2016 13. Bible Study I study the Bible to know God and his truth and to find direction for my daily life. Hebrews 4:12 Session Video
May 8th, 2016 14. Single-mindedness I focus on God and his priorities for my life. Matthew 6:33 Session Video
May 15th, 2016 15. Total Surrender I dedicate my life to God’s purposes. Romans 12:1 Session Video
May 22nd, 2016 16. Biblical Community I fellowship with Christians to accomplish God’s purposes in my life, in the life of others and in the world. Acts 22:44-47 Session Video
June 5th, 2016 17. Spiritual Gifts I know my spiritual gifts and use them to fulfill God’s purposes. Romans 12:4-6 Session Video
June 12th, 2016 18. Offering My Time I invest my time in fulfilling God’s purposes. Colossians 3:17 Session Video
June 12th, 2016 19. Giving My Resources I give my resources to fulfill God’s purposes. 2 Corinthians 8:7 Session Video
June 19th, 2016 20. Sharing My Faith I share my faith with others to fulfill God’s purposes. Ephesians 6:19-20 Session Video
BE—Key Virtues: Who Am I Becoming?
June 26th, 2016 21. Love I am committed to loving God and loving others. 1 John 4:10-12 Session Video
July 3rd, 2016 22. Joy Despite my circumstances, I feel inner contentment and understand my purpose in life. John 15:11 Session Video
July 10th, 2016 23. Peace I am free from anxiety because I have found peace with God, peace with others and peace with myself.  Philippians 4:6-7 Session Video
July 17th, 2016 24. Self-Control I have the power through Christ to control myself. Titus 2:11-13 Session Video
July 24th, 2016 25. Hope I can cope with the hardships of life because of the hope I have in Jesus Christ. Hebrews 6:19-20 Session Video
July 31st, 2016 26. Patience I am slow to anger and endure patiently under the unavoidable pressures of life. Proverbs 14:29 Session Video
August 7th, 2016 27. Kindness/Goodness I choose to be kind and good in my relationships with others. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Session Video
August 14th, 2016 28. Faithfulness I have established a good name with God and others based on my loyalty to those relationships. Proverbs 3:3-4 Session Video
August 21st, 2016 29. Gentleness I am thoughtful, considerate and calm in my dealings with others. Philippians 4:5 Session Video
September 4th, 2016 30. Humility I choose to esteem others above myself. Philippians 2:3-4 Session Video