The Patience of Faith
God's greatest commodity is Faith!
He wants to see what we have done with the faith that he has given us.
8 "I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"(NKJ)
Faith is dynamic. It is not static!
It is something that must be growing or you lose it!
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (KJV)
Faith is experienced and developed in the process!
There is learning in the process!
We plan for an event!
We feel that the important element is the event itself.
When really the important aspect was the preparation!
It was in the preparation the faith really grew and we really grew.
Illustration: Billy Graham Crusade.
One year of preparation for a four day event!
The year of preparation was more important really.
• Walls were torn down.
• Relationships were developed.
• Faith was stretched.
• Learning to work together happened.
• So much so that after a crusade in a city many times the relationship among churches continues closely!
The Process is more important than the goal.
We value the event but it is so short!
God values the process!
Even as a Church facing a Building Project!
The process is more important that the Structure!
Building the Body takes place!
People exercise faith!
People work together!
People develop relationships.
People learn to value each other!
This requires the patience of Faith!
Three steps in the process of faith!
This process requires patience!
I. The Source of our faith.
2 "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith..."
Story of the withered tree!
20 And as they were passing by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up.
21 And being reminded, Peter said to Him, "Rabbi, behold, the fig tree which You cursed has withered."
22 And Jesus answered saying to them, "Have faith in God.(NAS)
"Have the faith of God"
Faith is not something you stir up but it is a gift from God.
Faith is a gift of God to every individual.
"...God has dealt to each one a measure of faith."(NKJ)
He is the Author of our faith!
Illus. Abraham related to having a Child!
The beginning of Abraham's faith was God!
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:(KJV)
II. The Maturing of our faith.
2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
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