TIME & PLACE: 17/02/08 ELBC
THEME: BETTER UNDERSTANDING FAITH
P/S: E.C. CAN HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF FAITH
T/S: BY OBSERVING SEVERAL ASPECTS CONCERNING IT AS SET FORTH IN THE TEXT.
INTRO: A passage of Scripture that has always gripped my attention in the last couple of years is in Luke 18 and verse 8 “I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” We are living in the last days. I was reminded of that even more so after the last few days. I have been watching my Countries election process...it isn’t looking good at all. What use to be a glorious country is now slowly becoming a shadow of what she once was. And when I look at Bible Prophecy....A strong American world power has no place in it. So this could possibly be the end of the beginning. We could possibly be even closer than we all can imagine to the final days before the Lords return. So when we look at this verse it tells us that He will be trying to find Faith when He comes back so I want to look at that topic this evening and look at the chapters that are famous for it Heb11-12. Tonight I want to look at this topic Faith and exactly what it is that Christ will be looking for. It possibly could help each and every one of us to awaken and search for that which He will be looking for in all of us when He comes. So with that being said I want to Preach on this subject....FAITH.
I. THE PRINCIPLES OF FAITH vs1-3
A. CONFIDENCE “substance of things hoped for”
B. CONVICTION “evidence of things not yet seen”
C. CONSEQUENCE “For by it the elders obtained a good report.”
D. COMPREHENSION “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God”
Note: Faith has principles that are founded
in the Scriptures. It is not as many have said of Christianity “it is
like diving out into the dark without any hope or help” My hope is built
on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.
His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.
Note: My Faith is in facts not feelings. If my faith were in feelings it would come and go, but since it is in Facts it remains and it is built upon a Solid Rock...The Truth! Thus my Faith in facts produces a feeling...and oh what a feeling....Peace, Peace Wonderful Peace
When peace, like a river,
attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though
trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
And Lord, haste the day when my
faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.
Appl: How are you concerning the Principles of Faith? Do you have a confidence that “in the beginning God!” If not you need to place your feet and faith on the Rock!
II. THE PEOPLE OF FAITH vs4-40
A. THE DESCRIPTION OF THEIR FAITH vs1-3
B. THE DEMONSTRATION OF THEIR FAITH vs4-38
1. By Faith Abel offered a sacrifice.
2. By Faith Enoch was translated because of his walk w/God.
By Faith Noah Moved w/fear,
4. By Faith Abraham Obeyed
a. Concerning his Sojourn vs8-9
b. Concerning his Stay vs9, 15
c. Concerning his Seed vs11, 18
d. Concerning his Sacrifice vs17, 19
e. Concerning his Son vs12, 17
f. Concerning his Search vs10, 13, 14
Note: Also I would like to note that he did that not knowing the Where vs8-10, the How vs11-12, the When vs13-16 and the Why vs17-19. Quite a rebuke for us in this day...when everything has to be spelled out to us!
5. Through Faith Sara received strength to conceive.
Note: I think it interesting here it states of Sara that through faith she received strength not by faith. Could it possibly be that she received strength because through Abraham’s faith she was able to have faith to believe she could conceive? Just a thought.
6. By Faith Promises/Predictions were made
a. Isaac told his sons of things to come!
Concerning Marriage of a Lover
b. Jacob told the sons of Joseph
Concerning Messiahs Lineage
Joseph told the sons of
Mass Leaving from
7. By Faith Moses Mom and Dad hid him
a. Because of being Parents “hid 3 months of his parents”
b. Because of being Proper “saw he was a proper child”
c. Because of being Persuaded “they were not afraid of the king's commandment.”
8. By Faith Moses Declared vs24, Desired vs25, Decided vs26, Delighted vs27 and Depended upon Him who is invisible!
9. By Faith 2.5mill crossed a Sea (on dry ground)
10. By Faith a city was Shouted down
11. By Faith Rahab was Rescued
Note: And what shall I more say? For the time would fail me to tell
12. By Faith of the military men that Delivered Israel
13. By Faith Samuel Anointed a King
14. By Faith Kingdoms were Subdued, Righteous acts wrought, promises obtained and Lions mouths stopped!
15. By Faith the Violence of fire was quenched, the edge of the sword was escaped, out of weakness (Samson) came strength, people waxed valiant in fight and turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
16. By Faith women received their dead raised to life (the women from Zeraphath and the Shunamite women w/ the boy)
17. By Faith many who were tortured trusted in the resurrection rather than deliverance!
18. By faith others had trials of cruel mockings, scourgings, bonds and imprisonment. Others were stoned, sawn asunder, tempted, slain with the sword, wandered about in sheepskins & goatskins destitute, afflicted and tormented
19. By Faith wandered in deserts, mountains and in dens and caves of the Earth.
Note: Of whom this World and that one is NOT WORTHY!
C. THE DEPOSIT OF THEIR FAITH 39-40
Note: After having read all the things that each of these did by Faith one may wonder what possible goal could have sustained them in their journey? The Answer is found in these 2 verses as well as verses 13-16. 13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 11:14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 11:15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
didn’t receive the Promise all they did was deposit their faith into that
Appl: If this Chapter were being written today could mine or your name be included in it?
III. THE PATTERN OF FAITH 12:1-29
A. LAYING vs1a,b
Note: Something always has to be laid aside, as we have seen by the people of faith. To live a life of Faith it cost. And to pay that price the Pattern of Faith is to “lay aside EVERY weight and THE SIN” that does so easily beset us!
B. LAUNCHING vs1c
Note: Now that we have laid things aside the next thing to do would obviously launch out and begin to run this race of Faith that is set before us.
C. LOOKING vs2-4
1. For Stability “author and finisher of our faith”
2. For Sincerity “who for the joy that was set before him endured.....
3. For Strength “for consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood striving against sin.”
D. LEARNING vs5-
1. By Discipline vs5-10
2. By Defeat vs11-14
3. By Diligence vs15-17
4. By Dependence vs18-29
Appl: So we see that the Pattern of Faith as taught in these passages we must Lay, Launch, Look and Learn. Are you doing all or just some of them?
IV. THE PERFORMANCE OF FAITH 13
Note: As Chp10:38 tells us “Now the just shall live by faith.” Faith is an action. And as James tells us Faith without works is dead being alone. So as I stated when I began Christ will be looking for a Faith when He returns. That faith is not in the mind per se as much as it is in the motives of every thing and all that we do. How do we Perform it? Chapter 13 I believe gives us 3 simple ways.
A. BY OUR DILIGENCE vs1-8
B. BY OUR DUTIES vs9-19
C. BY OUR DELIGHT vs20-25
Appl: So I reckon the question to ask is are you and I Performing based on our Faith that we have? Do others around you know that who and what you are is far more complex than what they see on the surface? If so we may just not be ashamed when He returns for us.
Inv: Hymn “It Is Well With My Soul”