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My Faith Looks Up (5 of 5)
Series: Foundations Of Faith
OPENING: A telephone repairman, who had been working late in an unfamiliar building got lost. Finally, he saw a woman at the end of a corridor and asked her how he could get outside.
"Dial 9," she replied.
APPLICATION: The Book of Acts tells the stories of men and women who were not pleased with their lives or than answers that others were giving them - they wanted to GET OUT of the lives they were in and GET INTO what God had to offer them.
When they heard the message the apostles preached they repeatedly asked the same question: "What must I do (to get out)?"
I. When someone wants to become a Christian here, one of the 1st things we ask is that they repeat "the good confession."
You'll find it in Matthew 16:15-18 (read)
Jesus asked: "Who do you say that I am?" and finally Peter responds: "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God." That's the "good confession."
REPEAT that good confession with me now (do it in unison).
Did you realize that when you said "I believe" you were saying some very significant things?
When you said "I believe... in GOD":
you were saying you were not an atheist, who says God doesn't exist.
you were declaring you weren't an agnostic, who says, "I don't know if God exists."
When you said you believed in "the Living God" you were declaring that:
You're not an idolater, that worships images made of wood, stone or gold.
You're not a worshipper of dead ancestors (Buddha, Confucius, Taoism, Shintoism).
You're not a nature worshipper (Hindu).
You're not a fire worshipper (Zoroastrianism).
When you professed to believe in "THE living God" you were professing that
You're no polytheist, who says there are many gods.
When you declared your faith in "The Son of the living God" you were saying you were:
Not a pantheist, that says, "all is God" (Sikhism).
Not a deist, that thinks God created the world and never involve ...
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