Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Faith - Part 2

Temple Baptist Church - 11-27-2019
Hebrews 11:1-3, 6


A.  Last week, we saw that true or biblical faith has both substance and evidence.  Our faith is real, not some blind following of man or some manmade book.

1.  Its Substance is seen in its past and present work.

2.  Its evidence is seen through the adherence of nature to the Word of God.  Everything in nature works just as the Bible says it does.

B.  Tonight, I want to take a short look at four aspects of our faith.  I know that tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I know of no better way to show our Thanksgiving to God than through faith.

1.  A Faith That Saves.  Hebrews 10:39  But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

a.  Saving faith is through faith alone, not works.  Ephesians 2:8-9  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  (9)  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

b.  Saving faith is Bible based, not opinion based.  Romans 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

c.  Saving faith is anchored in what Christ did for us.  Romans 10:9-10  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  (10)  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

2.  A Faith That Endures.  Hebrews 10:38  Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.

Philippians 4:12-13  I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  (13)  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

3.  A Faith That Trusts.  Hebrews 10:36  For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  (6)  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

4.  A Faith That Pleases.  Hebrews 10:35  Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.

Colossians 1:9-10  For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;  (10)  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;


Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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