Faith

Test of Faith

Genesis 12:10-13:4

Luke 4:16-32

Faith 

The chief characteristic of this present age is materialism. A wave of rationalism and faithlessness is surfacing around and abroad. Faith is being strangled and many wrecks are being cast upon the hard facts of reason. Faith is a long-lost virtue. It is old fashioned and absolute and does not meet the needs of modern life. “Facts, not faith – substance, not shadow – and present, not future” is the cry today. The Esaus today are selling their birthright for a morsel of bread and losing the blessings of eternity; they are selling their souls for a moment of time.

My days are in the yellow leaf.

The flowers and fruits of life are gone.

The worm and the canker and the grief

Are mine alone. – Lord Byron

“Pleasures are like poppies spread […]” - Burns 

Galatians

The Readers

Galatia was a Roman province in Asia Minor. It was populated chiefly by Gauls who emigrated from France in 300 B.C. They were a very impulsive, changeable people.

This probably accounts for their enthusiastic reception of Paul when he first came to them (see Galatians 4:14). “But ye received me as an angel of God, even as Jesus Christ,” and accounts no doubt for their sudden swing to “another gospel” (see Galatians 1:6).

Faith

Lesson 1

Through faith, we receive God’s salvation. In Hebrews 11:4 we see that, by faith, Abel offered up a sacrifice. For a definition of faith, see Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

“Forsaking all, I take Him.”

Living without faith is like driving in a fog. I cannot explain the wind, but I can hoist a sail. Faith’s answer to the question, “How?” is one word: “God.” Faith sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, and touches the intangible. Faith is a grain of mustard seed (see Luke 17:6 and Matthew 17:20). Without faith it is impossible to please God (see Hebrews 11:6).

Evidences for the Truth of Christian Faith 4/22/06

    Perhaps the foremost evidence of Christian truth is the Person of Jesus the Messiah. No other person in history is like Him.  All time is divided into the periods of B.C. (before Christ) and A.D. (anno Domini), “the year of our Lord”.  What kind of man would go around saying, “I am the resurrection and the life”, and “He that believeth on me hath eternal life”?  If He were not speaking truth and giving evidence of His role in salvation, He proba...

Faith For the Work

The religious world as a whole treats church work as a business. Money is solicited; pledges are taken and budgets are made up. Church workers are hired and may be fired. Polls and surveys are taken to discover what the public wants in a church service. Religion is a product to be sold. Success is then measured by how rapidly both building and congregation grow. A megachurch is viewed as the pinnacle of success. It is all a far cry from the simplicity of the New Testament. Jesus Himself modeled a life of simple faith in His Father. He never asked for money and lived a frugal life of dependence upon His God.. No one could accuse Jesus of greed or covetousness. “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich” (II Cor. 8:9 NKJ). Those who believed in Him and His message opened their hearts and homes to Him and met His needs. What a beautiful life of faith it was! His disciples drank deep of His spirit and emulated His life. When the Lord sent His disciples out to preach He commanded them: “Freely you have received,: freely give. Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts...for a worker is worthy of his food” (Matt. 10:9-10). He also said, “It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher and a servant like his master” (Matt. 10:25). They too were called on to live a life of simple faith in the living God. Later Jesus asked them, “‘When I sent you without money, money bag, knapsack and sandals, did you lack anything?’ So they said, ‘Nothing.’” (Luke 22:35). Their every need had been met by a loving God. After the Lord ascended the disciples were left with the commission to evangelize the world, an awesome task (Matt. 28;18-20). The Holy Spirit was given to empower them (Acts 1:8).

Faith Tested

In the path of Christ the time surely comes when faith is put to the proof. It is one thing in the confidence of grace and at the summons of the truth to turn one’s back on the fairest pretension opposed to His name; it is quite another to stand firm and unabashed when not only the world turns from us, but desertion sets in among those who confess Him. How few can stand the loss of valued associations, not to speak of their taunts and persecutions! This abnormal state was daw...

Faith

Many in the world, and even some Christians, have a misunderstanding of faith. To some it is something we build up like energy and when it reaches a certain level we are able to accomplish miracles. To others it is blind faith which believes something when, in fact, there is no basis for believing it. For example, many are convinced they will be healed despite the fact there is no basis for their belief. The doctor has not told them they will be healed and the facts are contrary to it, ye...

Nicodemus

“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: the same came to Jesus by night”(John 3:1,2). When we turn in the Bible to John chapter three we find recorded for our learning the interesting interview between the Lord and Nicodemus—a dialogue full of the very deepest and most important instruction. We may truly say, if ever there was a time in which the history of Nicodemus claimed special attention, it is just today, in this day of man’s proud ...

What is a Dead Faith? James 2

“Faith without works is dead.” So spoke James in the second chapter of his epistle. His statement has been appealed to many times to support the idea that works are necessary for eternal salvation.

Sometimes the claim is made that unless faith is followed by good works, the believer loses eternal life. At other times, a more subtle approach is taken. If a professing Christian does not manifest good works, he was never a true believer to begin with. Whatever James is saying, however, it can be neither of these ideas.


Dead Faith Is Like A Corpse:
It Was Once Alive

The second view, just mentioned, is so forced and artificial that if it were not maintained by obviously sincere men, it might be called dishonest. According to this view, a dead faith cannot save. Therefore, if a man lacks the crucial evidence of good works, it shows that this is all he has ever possessed - a dead faith.

This flies directly into the face of the text. In James 2:26 the writer affirms:

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

No one who encountered a dead body, whose life-giving spirit had departed, would ever conclude that the body had never been alive. Quite the contrary. The presence of a corpse is the clearest proof of a loss of life. If we allow this illustration to speak for itself, then the presence of a dead faith shows that this faith was once alive.

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