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New Year's Sermon (2005)

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New Year’s Sermon (2005)


(1)   A new year = a new start

(2)   This year, let us resolve to have a faith that knows, grows, and shows.


I.                   A Faith that Knows

A.    Unfortunately, many people are “destroyed for a lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).

B.     Instead, we need to be prepared to make a defense (cf. 1 Peter 3:15).

C.     As Paul, we should be ser for the defense of the gospel (cf. Phil. 1:16).

D.    In order to accomplish this, we must study (cf. 2 Tim. 1:15).

E.     As a result, we will know in whom we have believed (cf. 2 Tim. 1:12).

II.                A Faith that Grows

A.    We are to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord (cf. 2 Pet. 3:18).

B.     We are to desire pure spiritual milk in order to grow thereby (cf. 1 Pet. 2:2).

C.     A lack of growth is equated with being fleshly minded (cf. 1 Cor. 3:1ff.).

D.    The Hebrew author rebuked some for the failure to grow (cf. Heb. 5:11ff.).

E.     In order to grow, one must abide in the vine (cf. John 15:1-11).

III.             A Faith that Shows

A.    According to James 2:14-17, a faith without works is dead.

B.     We are to let our light shine (cf. Matt. 5:13-16).

C.     A living faith will be seen:

1.      At worship services

2.      Outside of worship services

3.      In a life of service, even in the ‘small things’ (cf. Matt. 25)


-          Will you pay attention to your faith this year?

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