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Faith That Works (2 of 5)
Series: Beauty for Ashes
We're in a series on the Book of Ruth. We started it last week. We're entitling this series Beauty for Ashes. And today, we want to talk about a very important subject in the Bible. It's the subject of faith.
Now the word faith - I did a little word search - the word faith in the New American Standard Bible, that word is used 250 times in the Bible and is primarily used in the New Testament. Obviously, we have other words that are synonyms of faith - belief and trust and things like that - but just the word faith is used that many times in the Bible. And we know that faith is critical, so important. That's how a person gets saved. That's how a person goes from darkness to light. That's how a person changes his eternal destination from hell to heaven. It's by grace through faith. Ephesians 2, verse 8 and 9, ''For by grace you've been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, lest anyone should boast.'' Faith is so critical. First John chapter 4 tells us about faith. It says this: ''Whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world, our faith.'' So faith is what saves me. Faith is what allows me to overcome the world. Jesus said to two blind guys when they asked Him for healing, He said, ''Do you believe I can do that?'' And they said, ''Yes, we believe.'' And He said, ''Be it done to you according to your faith.'' Faith is so critical.
You know Martin Luther, the great reformer, the verse that changed his whole life and got him off a path of dead religion into a relationship with the King of kings and Lord of lords was in Romans chapter 1 that says that the righteous man shall live by faith. Not by feelings, not by fame, not by fortune, but by faith, and that changed his life.
Now James, the half-brother of the Lord Jesus, he wrote a little epistle toward the end of the Ne ...
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