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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Faith is . . . (Faith Stories Series)

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 The following are my notes taken during my pastor's sermon.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  For by it the men of old gained approval.  By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.  By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks. - Hebrews 11:1-4

Hebrews 11 is also known as the Hall of Faith.

Faith-problems need a faith-answer.

What is faith?

Faith is NOT a feeling.  It is not positive thinking.  Faith is not a blind leap in the dark.

1.  Faith is rock solid confidence.  It makes us certain.  It is substance.  Faith is a fixed certain reality.  Faith celebrates now the reality of the future.

2.  Faith is recognizable in our lives.  Our family will recognize it.  A person of faith is quick to obey God.

3.  Faith is the way to righteousness.
Even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction. - Romans 3:22

But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin. - Romans 14:23

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. - Ephesians 2:8

We are either walking in faith or we are walking in sin.

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