by Steve Wagers

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A FAITH–FILLED Church Member (4 of 4)
Series: The Handbook for Church Members
Pastor Steve N .Wagers
Hebrews 11
August 15, 2010

1. The Basis that Defines Faith!
A) What It Means
B) Why It Matters
2. The Behavior that Demonstrates Faith!
A) Actively Obedient
B) Expectantly Observant
3. The Benefit that Demands Faith!
A) God’s Better Promise
B) God’s Blessed People

(1 Timothy 3:15)
"…That thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth."

The longer that I preach, the more that I begin to understand the purpose, primacy and power of preaching. Much like a lawyer in a criminal case, the preacher of the gospel presents the evidence, gives a opening/closing statement, and then gives it to the congregation to deliberate, called an invitation, to render a verdict.

As it relates to the subject before us today, and how we "oughtest to behave" in the house of God, we are confronted with the necessity of being a faith–filled member. We commenced this journey by faith. We continue this journey by faith. One day, we’ll conclude this journey by faith.

• We are saved by faith (Eph. 2:8–9)
• We live by faith (Gal. 2:20)
• We walk by faith (2 Cor. 5:7)
• We stand by faith (1 Cor. 16:13)
• We overcome obstacles by faith (Matt. 17:20)
• We fight by faith (1 Tim. 6:12)
• We achieve victory by faith (1 John 5:4)

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."

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