Big God: What Happens When We Trust Him

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Faith is trust. It is confidence in the power and goodness of God. But how can you know that He is trustworthy, that He is big enough to deserve your faith? By seeing how He has shown Himself faithful in the lives of people just like you.

The stories of men and women who put their trust in God at critical, pivotal moments of their lives fill the pages of the Bible. These people were not perfect, but when it really mattered, they chose to trust the big God who knew and loved ...

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Overview

Faith is trust. It is confidence in the power and goodness of God. But how can you know that He is trustworthy, that He is big enough to deserve your faith? By seeing how He has shown Himself faithful in the lives of people just like you.

The stories of men and women who put their trust in God at critical, pivotal moments of their lives fill the pages of the Bible. These people were not perfect, but when it really mattered, they chose to trust the big God who knew and loved them. And once they did, these men and women of faith found out exactly what happens when God's people put their faith in Him.

The Bible issues this challenge to anyone who longs for a closer walk with God: "Be imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises" (Heb. 6: 12). Big God will introduce you to some everyday people who trusted God's promises and saw those promises fulfilled. By looking at their lives you will see that throughout history God has shown Himself faithful to His promises and His people-time and time again. You will learn that He is worthy of your trust today, and that no matter how overwhelming your problems, heartaches and circumstances appear to be, God is bigger.

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I thank God for men who not only teach the Word accurately but also live it out. This book describes the faith God wants us to have, and Britt’s life exemplifies it.
Francis Chan
Author of Crazy Love
Pastor of Cornerstone Church, Simi Valley, California

God has not promised that our skies would always be blue or that the road would always be smooth.He has promised that He will always be with us in the fiercest storm to see us safely through. It is one thing to know this intellectually, but quite another to know it experientially. Britt writes out of experience, and thus has proved thorough his own experiences the faithfulness of God, which makes this book authentic not just in theory but also in actual practice.
Pastor Chuck Smith
Pastor, Calvary Chapel of CostaMesa
CostaMesa, California
 

Pastor Britt’s powerful book is well known to my family. The instruction, lessons and Spirit-filled knowledge were the basis of our Bible study for more than a year at Reality Carpinteria, where my family and I attend. Big God will allow those seeking a closer walk with Jesus Christ to realize the endless love that our Lord offers us every moment . . . and why our greatest goal is to live in harmony with Him. Pastor Britt’s courage in the face of adversity demonstrates that he lives his life according to Scripture. Learn from this brave, humble man of God. Your family will be blessed by his great wisdom and gifts.
Kathy Ireland
Author, Entrepreneur and Model

Britt and the entire Merrick family are an inspiration to many believers, including myself. The honesty and vulnerability they witness in this book remind me of how big our God is, and it encourages me to go toward the impossible by faith.
Bryan Jennings
Professional Surfer and President of Walking on Water Ministries
 

The greatest defense of faith is not all of the evidence or the rationale. The greatest defense is truth backed up by a lifestyle. Britt Merrick shows us how the heroes of faith did it, how he seeks to do it and how we can too. When we embrace a big God, we will have a big faith.
Josh D. McDowell
Speaker and Author of Evidence that Demands a Verdict and Evidence for the Resurrection

I am very encouraged when I meet young leaders such as Britt Merrick. He is a voice of the future; a leader we all can follow. Not only can he tell a story and motivate a crowd, but he is also biblically solid. It doesn’t get any better than this.
John M. Perkins
Author of Follow Me to Freedom and Let Justice Roll Down

I have written many books about spiritual breakthrough. It is something we all want. In Big God, Britt Merrick shows us a key to all spiritual breakthrough: simply having faith in a big God. Thank you, Britt.
Elmer Towns
Author of Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830752225
  • Publisher: Gospel Light Publications
  • Publication date: 3/11/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

BRITT MERRICK was born and raised near Santa Barbara, CA 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 re-committing 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.

 
 
 

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11

Preface 13

1 When My Heart Is Overwhelmed 15

2 The Hall of Faith? 33

3 Faith Worshiping (Abel) 49

4 Faith Walking (Enoch) 69

5 Faith Working (Noah) 89

6 Faith Willing (Abraham) 107

7 Faith Waiting (Sarah) 129

8 Faith Well-Tried (Abraham with Isaac) 149

9 Faith Winning (Moses) 171

10 Faith Welcoming (Rahab) 193

11 Faith Warring (David and the Rest) 215

Epilogue 237

About the Author 239

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

    I really enjoyed this book

    This is one of those books that makes you greatful for what you have and gives you the opportunity to reevaluate things.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Hard hitting book about Faith From Hebrews 11 and beyond.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

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    I like books that don't pull any punches

    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!

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    Must read if you want to grow as Christian

    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.

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