Deep Dive: Called to Faith

We are about to descend into the depths of God’s Word. Get ready to dive 100 feet into the ocean of God’s truth and grace. The intent for our Deep Dive: Called To Faith Series is to be immersed in biblical topics and studies without being overwhelmed. Deep Dive provides intentional opportunities for growth and allows us to step out of our comfort zones and into deeper spiritual growth and understanding.

Scuba diving is a blast. A diver puts on scuba gear and swims into the ocean, exploring the amazing marine life below. It is joy and tremendous fun. Now and then, we get to dive when the visibility is not the best. I went down to about 80 feet on one dive, swimming through low visibility. In the past, the water usually clears up at around 60-70 feet. On this day, at 80 feet, I could not see much more than my hand in front of my mask.

At 80 feet deep in the dark cloudy water. It was somewhat disorienting. In a situation like this, an inexperienced diver unable to see your hands in front of your face, not sure which way is up, can feel some anxiety. What do you do? Feel the bubbles.

When it’s dark, and you are unsure which way is up, all you need to do is reach up with your hand and feel the bubbles. The bubbles always drift to the surface. When you can’t trust your feelings or judgment, you can always trust the bubbles to get you back to the top. I felt the bubble and verified my ascent while looking at my depth gauge.

As the people of God, we need a way to determine what is real and true. Sometimes in life, we get disoriented and anxious. At other times, we may find ourselves without visibility. God knew that we would need help and instructions about how to live. In the 66 books of the Bible, we have the equipment necessary, letters, guidelines, and examples from God that tell us what is up. Feel the Spirit of God, watch your spiritual gauges, and rise up. The Lord has us.

2 Timothy 3:16–17 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

It is Friday, but Sunday is coming. Our first Deep Dive is about understanding who Our Heavenly Father is. Let’s prepare as we reflect on these truths and scripture passages:

  • Our Heavenly Father’s patience and kindness never run out. – Psalm 106:1
  • Our Heavenly Father is always approachable. – Hebrews 4:16; Psalm 138:3
  • Our Heavenly Father’s love is unconditional and everlasting. – Romans 8:38-39
  • Our Heavenly Father is never selfish and always gives us grace. – Romans 8:32
  • Our Heavenly Father’s timing is always perfect. – Psalm 84:11
  • Our Heavenly Father gives wisdom generously. – James 1:5
  • Our Heavenly Father knows us intimately. – Psalm 139:1-3

Looking forward to diving deep on Sunday!
Pastor Steve

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