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Faith defined, developed, demonstrated so not destroyed

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Philippians 4:8–9 NKJV
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
Php4:8-9
By now you should have these verses memorized and not even have to think about this, but we do want to consider them, ponder them, reflect on them as we look at them and other scriptures, tonight with focus being faith.
1 Corinthians 13:13 NASB95
13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
A link between faith, hope and love joins with other passages
1 Thessalonians 1:3 NASB95
3 constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father,
Work of Faith, Labor of love, and steadfastness of hope. All take effort don’t they? But all are worthy of careful reflection and consideration
Tonight like I mentioned we are going to focus on faith.

I. Faith Defined

In general according to Eastman’s Bible Dictionary
“Faith is in general the persuasion of the mind that a certain statement is true.”
“Its primary idea is trust.”
Now adding to that Zondervan Bible Encyclopedia says
Greek word (Pistis) - “can refer to trusting or being worth trusting.
Now lets look at what the Bible says in a few translations
Hebrews 11:1 NASB95
1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 HCSB
1 Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 NLT
1 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.
Faith is assurance, it is reality of the thing hoped for, it is conviction, it is proof it is evidence of things not seen.
So in the general sense faith is the conviction, the trust in someone or something.
Now there is Faith in God.
Faith in God has conviction with reward
Hebrews 11:6 NASB95
6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
It requires belief and reward to the one who seeks Him!
But let me expand on that verse to keep in context
Hebrews 11:3–4 NASB95
3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. 4 By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks.
Heb11:3-
Hebrews 11:5–6 NASB95
5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; and he was not found because God took him up; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Heb11:
Without this type of faith, it is impossible to please Him
Then there is faith in Jesus.
John 14:1 NASB95
1 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.
This too has conviction and trust in who Jesus is
John 8:24 NASB95
24 “Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
John 11:27 NASB95
27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.”
You must believe He is the Christ or you will die in your sins
It involves conviction and trust in what Jesus did for us
John 10:10 NASB95
10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
and how about
John 1:29 NASB95
29 The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
He gives us life, life abundantly and takes away our sins
It involves conviction and trust in what Jesus said:
John 8:12 NASB95
12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
No one who follows Jesus will walk in the darkness of this world but will have the Light of life! And to have the light of life you must
John 14:6 NASB95
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
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Know that you can only come through Him. So you must come through Him to the Father to have your sins forgiven or you will die in your sins. Faith like this is developed for it is not an emotional faith. Your faith may have some emotions but is not built on emotions, it is built on the truth, the evidence

II. Faith Developed

Through God’s word faith is developed
Romans 10:17 NASB95
17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.
God’s word is designed to create faith
God’s written word is there to help create faith in Jesus
John 20:30–31 NASB95
30 Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
And then in the Epistles
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1 John 5:13 NASB95
13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
The word gives evidence intended to produce and create faith and to help develop it in you.
Faith is developed through obedience too.
First by obeying the gospel
2 Thessalonians 1:8 NASB95
8 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.
1 Peter 4:17 NASB95
17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?
Mark 1:15 NASB95
15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
If you don’t repent, believe and obey the gospel judgment is in store
But Jesus also said
John 7:17 NASB95
17 “If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself.
IF you do His will, you will know the truth and the origin of the word
As you hear, as you obey your conviction and trust grows.
Developed, obedient faith leads to salvation and the start of a new life
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Colossians 1:11–12 NASB95
11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.
Colossians 2:11–12 NASB95
11 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
Col1:
Colossians 1:13–14 NASB95
13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Developed, obedient faith’s aim should be the fullness of your faith in God
Romans 4:20 NASB95
20 yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God,
We grow strong in faith when we are obedient and allow our faith to be developed
1 Thessalonians 1:5 NASB95
5 for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
Obedient faith, that obeyed the Gospel came with power and full conviction!
Full conviction and trust leads to action
1 Thessalonians 1:3 NASB95
3 constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father,
Remember we started today with faith, hope and love, and this is it in action.
This confidence, this trust leads to more confidence in your place in Christ
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1 Thessalonians 4:14 NASB95
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.
and if that doesn’t do much for you, it should be you hope in your faith and your confidence and trust in God and in Jesus.
Another way to grow our faith is through fellowship, it is also a way to protect our faith from diminishing
Hebrews 3:13 NASB95
13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Hebrews 3:12–13 NASB95
12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
Hebrews 3:14 NASB95
14 For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end,
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We need to continue to encourage one another
1 Thessalonians 5:11 NASB95
11 Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
Active, trusting, obedient faith that is being developed is demonstrated

IV. Demonstrated Faith

Obedient faith is demonstrated
It is demonstrated in our works as compared to dead works.
Romans 1:5 NASB95
5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name’s sake,
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James 2:17 NASB95
17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
Romans 16:16 NASB95
16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.
James 2:20 NASB95
20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?
Jam2:26
James 2:26 NASB95
26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
But in the middle of this passage there is this faith that produces works
James 2:18 NASB95
18 But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”
We need to be careful to protect our faith for it can be destroyed if not used, it is easy to slip back into the world. So remember
Faith comes by hearing (Rom10:17)
People are destroyed by lack of knowledge (Hos4:6)
Faith without works is dead (Jam2:17, 26)
Don’t have trembling faith like the demons (Jam2:19)
Stay in fellowship
Hebrews 3:12–14 NASB95
12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end,
keep fanning the flames of your faith, fan your friends and families flames too.
With the Word of God implanted in the people of God, empowered by the Spirit of God like like Timothy was reminded.
1 Timothy 6:12 NASB95
12 Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
we can fight the good fight of faith! And we do it together. (lead to invitation)
So where is your faith, how is your faith, is your faith obedient to the gospel?
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