The Evidence of Faith

The Evidence of Biblical Faith

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

I)      INTRODUCTION:  some think that faith is a passive thing.  if we have faith we don’t have to do anything but lay back and bask in the grace of god.  we just passively sit by god does everything for us BECAUSE OF our faith.  i do not find this true in scripture.  TEXT:  hebrews 11:1-13

II)     faith is being absolutely sure of what we have hoped for (vs 1) in Christ according to scripture.  the promises of god are better than money in the bank:  that our sins are forgiven, that we have been given eternal life, that even though our bodies die and our flesh decay that we will be given a new body, we will live in a new heaven and a new earth, that the former things will have passed away, that all things are become new..

III)     without faith it is impossible to please god. (vs 6)  we must believe that he is (he exists) and he rewards those that diligently please him.

IV)    by faith we understand that the universe was made at god’s command (vs 3)

A)    this is a good place to start: ps 19:1-3  “heavens declare the glory of god and the firmamnent sheweth his handywork…”

B)    collary:  what is seen was not made out of things visible:  molecules, protons, neutrons, electrons and subatomic particles

C)    there are many things that we cannot see:   gravity, electricity, magnetism, ultra violet light, germs, viruses etc

V)    1st evidence of biblical Faith – it based upon god’s word (vs 4-39)

A)    at the word of god the universe was created: “and god said let there be light”…and god said “let us make man in our image and after our likeness”

B)   God told Jeremiah (Jer 1:12)  “ I will hasten my word to perform it”

VI)    2st evidence of biblical faith – it is acted upon (vs 4-39)

A)     able offered an acceptable sacrifice

B)    enoch pleased god and was  translated (did not die)

C)     noah feared god and built an ark saving his family

D)    abraham obeyed god and left his homeland to go to a place god would show him

E)     abraham offered up isaac know god would raise him from the dead

F)    abraham looked for a city whose architect and builder is god

G)    moses refused to be known as the son of pharoh’s daughter: he chose to be mistreated with the people of god rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season

H)    moses kept the Passover and the children of israel were spared

VII)  3nd evidence of biblical faith – it perseveres – it’s vision is beyond this life time into eternity (vs 13 – 16)

A)    all of these were still living by faith when they died

B)    they had not received the promises but saw them at a distance

C)    they admitted that they were strangers and aliens here

VIII) 4th  evidence of biblical faith – god rewards it:  – they were not thinking of a country (or life) they left but one they were going to.  they were looking for a better life a better country – a heavenly country.  therefore god is not ashamed to be called their god.  (read rev 21:1-4 niv)

 

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