Summary: Faith Toward God The 3rd sermon in a series of 7 on Christian maturity and how to get there
Faith Toward God
Basic Christianity 101
#3 in a series of 7
Reverend David Doherty
First Baptist Church
Pie Town, NM
F- reedom in Christ
A- ssurance from Christ
I- nvolvement for Christ
T- riumph through Christ
H- eaven with Christ
Faith - Complete confidence and trust in God.
1. Therefore, leaving behind the elementary teachings about Christ, let us continue to be carried along to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works, faith toward God,
2. instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
Strong’s Number: 4102
Text: from 3982; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: --assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.
1. Now faith is the assurance of things we hope for, the certainty of things we cannot see.
2. For by it our ancestors won approval.
3. By faith we understand that the universe was prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are invisible.
4. By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain did, and by it he was declared to be righteous, since God himself accepted his offerings. And by faith he continues to speak, even though he is dead.
5. By faith Enoch was taken away without experiencing death. He could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he won approval as one who pleased God.
6. Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently search for him.
7. By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, reverently prepared an ark to save his family, and by it he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
8. By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
9. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.
10. For he was waiting for the city with permanent foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
11. By faith Sarah, even though she was old and barren, received the strength to conceive, because she was convinced that the one who had made the promise was faithful.
8. For by such grace you have been saved through faith. This does not come from you; it is the gift of God
9. and not the result of works, lest anyone boast.
4. There is one body and one Spirit. In the same way, you were called to the one hope of your calling.
5. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6. one God and Father of all, who is above all, through all, and in all.
9. If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10. For a person believes with his heart and is justified, and a person declares with his mouth and is saved.
11. For the Scripture says, "Everyone who believes in him will not be ashamed."
12. For there is no difference between Jew and Greek, because they all have the same Lord, who gives richly to all who call on him.
13. For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
17. Consequently, faith comes from listening, and listening comes through the word of Christ.
To believe in Christ we must first believe in the words in his book. The bible.
1. In the beginning, the Word existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2. He existed in the beginning with God.
3. Through him all things were made, and apart from him nothing was made that has been made.
4. In him was life, and that life brought light to humanity.
5. And the light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.