Britt Merrick was born and raised near Santa Barbara, California, in a little town on the beach named Carpinteria. He grew up entrenched in the surf industry, working for his parents' business, Channel Islands Surfboards. Starting by sweeping out the shaping rooms, soon he was making surfboards alongside his father (Al Merrick) for some of the best surfers in the world. Britt was also handling the famous company's advertising, marketing, and amateur surf team. Although he received Jesus as a young child, Britt had never known what it was to walk with him. He had both feet in the world, using drugs and alcohol, and getting into trouble. In his early twenties, Britt was introduced to the transforming power of the Word of God, and thus began a new life. Shortly after recommitting his life to the Lord with a fresh fire for the Truth, Britt began to teach Bible studies at his parents' home for the surfer kids in Carpinteria. These Bible studies eventually led to Britt teaching and preaching at a Friday night college ministry at a local church in Santa Barbara. In the fall of 2003, sensing a further call to ministry, Britt laid Channel Island Surfboards aside and he and his wife, along with some close friends, started a church called Reality in his hometown of Carpinteria. Since then, the Reality family has grown to include churches in Ventura, Los Angeles, Stockton, San Francisco, and London. Reality is focused on biblical faithfulness, community transformation, church birthing, and equipping the next generation of leaders. Britt continues to pastor full time and lives with his wife Kate, and their two children in Carpinteria.
Big God with Study Guide: What Happens When We Trust Himby Britt Merrick
Faith is trust. It is a confidence in the power and goodness of God that leads us to make good decisions and allows us to surrender our lives to him. As we strive to mature spiritually and lead lives pleasing to God, we all want more faith. Hebrews 6:12 says that we are to be "imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises." One of the best ways to grow in faith is to imitate the lives of people who have shown great faith. Hebrews 11 guides us through the lives of men and women--like Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Rahab, David, and others--who have done just that. Real people with real lives and real problems, who had faith in a great God and trusted him at pivotal moments in their lives. By drawing on some of the greatest lives of faith in the Bible, readers will come to see that God was worthy of these men's and women's trust and faith during biblical times in the same way that he is worthy of ours today.
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This is one of those books that makes you greatful for what you have and gives you the opportunity to reevaluate things.
A book about faith from someone who is walking in faith. The main part of of the book goes through people recognized for their faith in Hebrews 11 and identifies a primary attribute of their faith. The author writes about how that attribute was manifested in their lives. Some stories about how that attribute is manifested in somes life today. THen how that attribute can be manifested or blocked in our lives today. Brett is walking the talk as he has been going through a cancer diagnosis with his five year old daughter. Francis Chan has spoken of Britt as someone who lives out the faith God wants us to have. Britt grew up making surf boards and surfing the beaches in California and occasionally his writting is a little too surf oriented for my taste, but it really doesn't get in the way of the books content. There are also lots of free study guide materials posted on the net, so it can make a great book to go through with a small group.
Britt Merrick has written an outstanding take on faith. This book really squares us away to how impactful our faith needs to be in our lives. This book takes a look at Hebrews 11 and how integral faith is to our lives. He pushes us to the different steps faith needs to take in growing in maturity as a Christian. It is very insightful and something we don't think about at all. As I was reading this book, I realized my lack of faith in Jesus Christ - and this book helped me figure some things out. While I am still on a path after the Lord, I can know with certainty that He is my Savior. Merrick helps us focus on that. I had one qualm with the book - there are a few times Merrick makes the comment "I'm not boasting." after speaking of something he has accomplished in his faith. To me, it did come across a little self-righteously. But honestly, take those parts with a grain of salt and look past it toward the real message - that we have a God who saves and longs for us to trust Him. You won't be disappoint with this book!
How big is your God when times are tough, the mission impossible and the knees are weak? Big God is a new book by Britt Merrick on one of my favorite chapters in the Bible, Hebrews 11. "We need a bigger picture of the supremacy of Christ, the glory of Christ and the mission of Christ, and our lives should be subsumed by and submitted to Him." pg. 219 When your heart is overwhelmed with the worst possible news about life and death you better know some Bible, you better know Jesus. The central message of this book and why its worth reading in Britt's own words: "What do you do as a Christian when the doctor tells you that your five-year-old has cancer? How do you deal with that? If you're a Christian, your mind goes to Jesus." pg. 18. This book helps you along that path by exploring nine key elements of faith from Hebrews chapter eleven. Another book about God and faith seemed a bit of a stretch for me with all the thousands of titles written on the subject in the last decade alone, not to mention antiquity. Britt disarms those thoughts as soon as you read the introduction and sense that this man has been battle tested with Jesus, through the Scriptures, anchoring this man's soul in very rough seas. The easy to read and understand exposition of the great faith chapter, Hebrews 11 was very well done and laid out. I wish for scholarship sake that he would have been defined the origin of faith itself as coming from God Himself as a gift and actual result of regeneration. (Rom. 10:17, Eph. 2:8-10, Titus 3:3-8) Regardless, I was moved closer to Christ and encouraged to press on with the Gospel message and that is the benchmark for a book worth reading and recommending. You will be impressed, as was I, by his very high view of the Scriptures, Christ and the glory of God. The Solas of the reformation ring true and bright with this one. Britt, thank you for your work on this. You can warm yourself by my theological fire anytime. Note: I received a free copy of this book from Gospel Light / Regal Books with no expectations or endorsements required. I write these words under my own motivation and desires.
I thought I had faith and trusted God with my life until i read this book, truly inspiring. Im growing closer to the lord and trusting him more everyday.