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Hello Faith
Focal Text: NRSV The Meaning of Faith 1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
Introduction
We live in a post-church era.
For many, faith has become a choice and not a necessity.
We need FAITH in a world which glorifies the FAKE and counterfeit.
The problem is that some Christians say they believe in God, yet maintain an unhealthy skepticism about God’s activity in the natural world.
unhealthy skepticism about God’s activity in the natural world.
“Faith is the state of being ultimately concerned2. The dynamics of faith are the dynamics of a man or woman’s ultimate concern.” According to Paul Tillich, Systematic Theologian, this means that our faith matters to us beyond our ability to articulate why it matters to the world. Paul Tillich, The Dynamics of Faith
dynamics of a man or woman’s ultimate concern.”
According to Paul Tillich, Systematic Theologian, this means that our faith matters to us beyond our ability to articulate why it matters to the world. Paul Tillich, The Dynamics of Faith
As we enter the third quarter of the year, we want to ensure our faith is strong.
Faith matters!
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Big Idea: Faith1 matters.
Faith is the basic building block for developing a relationship with God.
Why Does Faith Matter?
I. Faith Involves Being Concerned About Something Bigger Than You.Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
A. Hope and faith are connected.
For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.,
For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.,
The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), .,
For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. ,
For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. ,
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But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. ,
But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. ,
The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), 1 Th 5:8.1 Thessalonians 5:8,
Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.
Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.
B. Faith is conceived in the “soulish” part of us.
The faith that you have, have as your own conviction before God. Blessed are those who have no reason to condemn themselves because of what they approve.
The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), .
C. Faith moves beyond human capacities.
So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told.
Birthdays combine assurance and anticipation, and so does faith! Faith is the confidence based on past experience that God’s new and fresh surprises will surely be ours.
The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), .
I. Faith Involves Being Concerned About Something Bigger Than You.
II. Faith Is A Centered Act. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.
A. Faith is demonstrated by acts.
He charged them: “This is how you shall act: in the fear of the Lord, in faithfulness, and with your whole heart;
The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), .
B. Faith should direct and determine what we do in our personal lives.
We do not boast beyond limits, that is, in the labors of others; but our hope is that, as your faith increases, our sphere of action among you may be greatly enlarged,
The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), .
C. Faith defies or transcends reason. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
I. Faith Involves Being Concerned About Something Bigger Than You.
II. Faith Is A Centered Act.
III. Faith Comes From God. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.
A. God is the source of our faith.
in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.
The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), .
B. God is the subject of our faith.3 “God can ever be object without being at the same time subject.”-Paul Tillich
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. ;
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Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God’s wrath.
The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), . ;
The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), .
C. God solidifies or seals our faith.4 God proves God’s ultimacy by predating and outlasting everything else in creation. God was, is, and is to come. God’s ultimacy is proven in His existence.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believea in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?b
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.
b Or If it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you
The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), .
Our faith is in the God who created the entire universe by his word. God’s word has awesome power. When he speaks, do you listen and respond? How can you better prepare yourself to respond to God’s Word?
Apply It!
When you reflect on your life, your decisions, your actions, and your challenges, how does faith impact your life personally?
2. Why does faith matter to you?
“Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.” ~ Rabindran
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