Saving Faith (1 of 6) by Daniel Rodgers

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Saving Faith (1 of 6)
Series: Defining Faith
Dan Rodgers
Ephesians 2:8, 9
February 12, 2003

INTRODUCTION:

1. This evening I want to begin a series of messages on faith. Faith is the key or essential ingredient to salvation. Without faith it is impossible to become a Christian. Without faith, it is impossible to live the Christian life. And, without faith, we cannot receive the things we need from God in order to manage or daily affairs.

a. 1 John 5:4, "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith."

2. Our first message this evening is about SAVING FAITH. I want to give you three main point to or outline:

I. THE REQUIREMENT OF SAVING FAITH
II. THE SIMPLICITY OF SAVING FAITH
III. THE CONSIDERATION OF SAVING FAITH

I. THE REQUIREMENT OF SAVING FAITH

A. It is God's requirement

1. Hebrews 11:6, "But without faith it is impossible to please him."

2. In the Old Testament God had one standard and requirement for having sins forgiven. It was a personal faith and complete trust in Him.

a. The Bible says in Romans 4:3, "For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness."

3. The Old Testament believers were required to keep the Ten Commandments. It was the Law. When the failed (and God knew they would), He provided a sinless sacrifice...an animal without spot or blemish). (Remember, the purpose of the Law was to reveal that they could not measure up to God's perfect requirement: sinless perfection

a. When the people failed, they were to confess their sins. The sins were symbolically placed on that animal. It became their substitute. This was God's plan of salvation by faith.

B. It is Jesus' requirement

1. Romans 3:25, "Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God."
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