The Facts About Faith
February 22. 2007
1. Faith Described!
A) A Matter of Fact
B) A Matter of Force
2. Faith Demanded!
A) The Obligation of It
B) The Object of It
C) The Outcome of It
3. Faith Demonstrated!
A) Classically Demonstrated
B) Commonly Demonstrated
Martin Luther said, "Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible, and receives the impossible. Then, it accepts the impossible, does without the indispensable and bears the intolerable."
Henry David Thoreau said, "If I seem to walk out of step with others, it is because I am listening to another drumbeat."
C. H. Spurgeon said, "A little faith will take your soul to Heaven, but a great faith will bring Heaven to your soul."
The baseball Hall of Fame is in Cooperstown, New York. The football Hall of Fame is in Canton, Ohio. The cowboy Hall of Fame is in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The faith Hall of Fame is in Hebrews 11.
Hebrews 11 has aptly been referred to as the "Westminster Abbey of Scripture." It is a shrine filled with the names and lives of those triumphant people who lived lives of faith; thus, they are inducted into God's Hall of Faith.
Tonight, I want to give you the bare essentials of faith. We have heard about faith all of our lives. We sing about it, we preach about it, we teach about it, we talk about it, and we know much about it. But, I fear that it is the part we do not know about faith that keeps us from experiencing God's best in our lives.
There are 3 things about faith that I see in these familiar verses.
1. Faith DESCRIBED!
Hebrews 11:1 is NOT a definition of what faith is, but rather it is a description of what faith does. It is a declaration of the power and activity of faith. The Bible does not define a life of faith as much as it directs, and describes a life of faith. It is described as:
A) A Matter of FACT!
The word "substance" is the Greek word hupostasis. The Revised versi ...
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