Summary: A sermon about living a life of faith that become known by others and about giving encouragement and being encouraged
ENCOURAGEMENT FOUND IN FAITH
As we live our lives for Christ?it is easy to get discouraged at times
Things don?t go our way?we have bad days at work?at home
Our health begins to fail
There can be much to be discouraged about
Even Paul got discouraged along the trails of his ministry
We all need encouragement in our lives?and I want us to see that there is much Encouragement to be found in Faith
This morning we will look at 1. A reputation of Faith
2. The Blessings and Encouragement of Faith
Read Passage / Pray
TRANS: Paul states in vs 8, that the church in Rome had?
1. A Reputation of Faith
First I ask the question, ?What is faith??
Hebrews 11:1 (NLT)
What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.
STORY OF MOUNTAIN CLIMBER FALLING
There is a multitude of things that cannot be seen
By faith, we accept the creation of the universe by God
By faith, Abel brought a more acceptable sacrifice to God than Cain
By faith, Noah built an Ark to save his family from the flood
By faith, Abraham went up a mountain to sacrifice his son Isaac
Heb 11 goes on and on about ?Old Testament? heroes of Faith and how they believed God when it seemed impossible
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)
So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Faith is vital to our relationship in trusting God in everything about our lives
The word ?faith? is found 229 times in the New Testament
Care to take a guess how many times in the Old test? 2 times
In Deut. 32:20 and Habakuk 2:4?that?s it
But in the Old Test are all of the heroes of faith?they didn?t have to be told about faith?because they were living examples of faith
Well, if faith is defined as partially things unseen?can faith be seen?
Jesus tells us in many passages that it can be seen
Matthew 8:5-10 (NLT)
When Jesus arrived in Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him,  "Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralyzed and racked with pain."  Jesus said, "I will come and heal him."  Then the officer said, "Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed!  I know, because I am under the authority of my superior officers and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ’Go,’ and they go, or ’Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ’Do this or that,’ they do it."
 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to the crowd, he said, "I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all the land of Israel!
Matthew 9:2 (NLT)
Some people brought to him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, "Take heart, son! Your sins are forgiven."