Faith and Challenges (6 of 6) by Daniel Rodgers
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Acts 14:19-22; Romans 1:17; I Corinthians 15:58; Colossians 2:7; I Corinthians 16:13
Let me begin by saying, the Christian faith is not for sissies. The Christian faith is a challenging faith. It is not passive; it is aggressive. The Apostle Paul never sat around like a bump on a log, nor did any of those who chose to follow Christ, as he did. Paul set his mind to the task given him and determined never to give up, not until he was either dead or taken to glory. By the way, I believe that's exactly what happened here in vs.19.
This is the last in our six-part series on the subject of faith. Tonight I want to talk to you about the challenges to our Christian faith. Living the Christian life can be challenging, and it can sometimes overwhelm us.
The person who determines to sell out for God is certain to be met with opposition. The devil will see to it that you have plenty of sour things to occupy your life: persecution, heartache--aggravation...you name it, it will happen.
The purpose of my message this evening is to accomplish what Paul hoped to accomplish in vs. 22: "Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God."
Let me give you three things about our faith. We have...
I. A Faith Worth Living For
II. A Faith Worth Fighting For
III. A Faith Worth Dying For
I. A FAITH WORTH LIVING FOR
Jesus said, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). The Christian life is the abundant life. Can you tell me of anything else that equals salvation in Christ? And, let me add; if salvation were all we had, that would be enough.
However, we not only have salvation and forgiveness of sin, we have everything else that goes with it: comfort, peace, hope, security, joy and happiness, and access to God through prayer.
At one time ...
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