Questions about Trusting God

I'm really enjoying the conversation around our new series Three Letter Word. (If you missed the messages so far, you can catch up online or get the podcast on iTunes.)

The series is probing this question:  why do we always want to trust God for things?  Why don't we simply trust God?

Frankly, it's a question that strikes my heart.  And it can totally change up our prayer life.  After all, it's easy for our prayers to become a list of things we want to make our lives:


more convenient

more successful

less painful

We assume that somehow our will equates with God's will, or that God owes us things.  And so we pray for the tests to turn out the way we hope, for the diagnosis to come in negative, for the promotion to happen, for the raise to come through, for our friend to be healed.  And when it doesn't happen, we think God has failed.

I've had lots of conversations already with people from both of our campuses about how this is messing with their concept of God, their prayer life and their faith (in a good way).

We have three weeks left in the series.  What are your questions?  What would you like to learn more about?

As we wrap it up over the month of March, I'd love to speak into the issues you're curious about on this subject and try to help us all grow closer to God.  Because here's what I believe the bible teaches:  when we stop trusting God for things and simply start to trust God, our faith grows.

So what are your question?

Oh…and by the way…this is a GREAT series to invite friends to.  I have met so many people who stopped attending church or never attended church because of their disappointment with God.  You could be the friend in their life that helps reverse that. Invite them to join you this weekend.

– Carey



  1. Linda says, March 3, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Carey…LOVE, LOVE this series!!

    Here’s a question for you. I have a friend who has grown up Catholic and kids go to a Catholic school. She’s mentioned that she has a very hard time trusting God. She has a ton of guilt (even about coming to Connexus), and really not sure how to get past that. The other day, she pretty much asked me how can she change her lifelong way of thinking and simply trust God?

    (By the way…she’s coming this weekend!! 🙂

    • Carey Nieuwhof says, March 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks Linda. So glad you are bringing your friend.

      That’s a big question. We addressed guilt a year back in the 180 series. I wonder if the Guilt to Gratitude message might help her. Here’s the link.

      I’m really going to think about your question. It’s deep. I wonder if we can address in Parts 4 and 5. Thanks!

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