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9/23/2010 ~ Real Faith


Now faith is the substance of things hoped for;
the evidence of things not seen. ... ~ Hebrews 11:1-2


"... when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"
~ Luke 18:8


REAL FAITH: NOAH

Unusual Faith

By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, ...
~ Hebrews 11:7


... a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.
~ Genesis 2:6


Unique Faith

... sorry that I have made them." But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
... ~ Genesis 6:5-12


... moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, ...
~ Hebrews 11:7


Unending Faith

And Noah was five hundred years old,
and Noah begot Shem, Ham, and Japheth. ~ Genesis 5:32


Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth.
~ Genesis 7:6


REAL FAITH: ABRAHAM

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, ...
~ Hebrews 11:17-19


Did not challenge Godís unusual request.

... God tested Abraham, ... ~ Genesis 22:1-2

... Believed Godís promise
Put NO limit on Godís power.


... concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, ...
~ Hebrews 11:19


REAL FAITH: ISAAC AND JACOB

By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith
Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons ... ~ Hebrews 11:20-21


Real faith does not need incredible actions.
Real faith teaches others.

REAL FAITH: DAVID

... "The LORD, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from
the paw of the bear, He will deliver me ..." ~ 1st Samuel 17:32-37


Stood up when everyone else hid.
Believed that no enemy could conquer God.


MISSING FAITH
↙   ↓   ↘

Scared of storms?

... "Where is your faith?" And they were afraid, and marveled, saying ... He
commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!" ~ Luke 8:22-25


Did not think Jesus could feed the multitudes ...

... "We have here only five loaves and two fish." ... ~ Matthew 14:15-18

... "Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness ...?" ... "How many
loaves do you have?" ... "Seven, and a few little fish." ... ~ Matthew 15:32-38


... "O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves
because you have brought no bread?" ~ Matthew 16:6-8


Thought demons were more powerful than Jesus ...

... "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" ~ Mark 9:20-24

Did not think Jesus could raise people from the dead ...

... she was dying. But as He went, the multitudes thronged Him. ~ Luke 8:41-42

... "Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher." ~ Luke 8:49-50

SURPRISING FAITH

A Gentile

... only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. ... ~ Matthew 8:5-10

A Canaanite woman

... Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall
from their masters' table." ... ~ Matthew 15:21-28


A thief

... "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." ... ~ Luke 23:42-43

DO YOU HAVE REAL FAITH?
                               

Creation
Godís word (reliable, sufficient, relevant)
Godís power (to provide, to heal)
Teach others
                 ... believe and therefore speak, ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 4:13

Baptism
Salvation
                 For we walk by faith, not by sight. ~ 2nd Corinthians 5:7

WE NEED REAL FAITH
        

That we STAND ON
That we LIVE BY  
That we are willing to DIE FOR  

... he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame." ~ 1st Peter 2:6

... to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus
to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. ~ Ephesians 3:20-21


"... when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"
~ Luke 18:8


Let us prove ourselves to be Real Christians with Real Faith.

"... faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. ... ~ James 2:17-24

REAL FAITH
INCLUDES WORKS

GRACE
  ↓  
Ephesians 2:4-10
Hebrews 12:14-15

Titus 3:4-8
FAITH
IN WORKS

WORKS
IN FAITH

John 6:28-29
Colossians 1:10
James 1:22-25
1st John 3:18
Galatians 6:4-10
Psalms 88:12
FAITH ALONE

James 2:19
James 2:24

Jeremiah 13:15-16
WORKS ALONE

Galatians 6:3
Matthew 7:21-23


"... faith without works is dead ... ~ James 2:26

We are commanded to act on our faith.

GLORY BE GOD BEHOLD THAT HE IS!



 

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