Summary: The Christian Faith is so real that you can touch it. It is not some mystical, pie in the sky fairy tail, and it will change your life in the natural and the supernatural.
So Real You Can Touch It
Grant van Boeschoten
May 31, 2009
Many people believe that being a Christian is Mystical or Unreal.
• they call it a crutch for the weak
• skeptical that there really is a God
o (joke dyslectic insomniac – wakes up wondering if their really is a dog)
• skeptical that God is still around
o God made the world, and left it to govern itself
• skeptical that God would actually care about them
o God takes care of the big problems
• think that becoming a Christian affects only the spiritual part of life.
Jesus was a real person.
• He wasn’t just a spirit,
• he wasn’t the figment of someone’s imagination.
• He walked the earth with a real body
Jesus came to meet the real needs of humanity
Luke 4:18-19 (NLT)
18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,
that the blind will see,
that the downtrodden will be freed from their oppressors,
19 and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come. "
He wasn’t just saying the poor were going to get an invite to Church, no he was saying that he was going to give them the good news of God’s plan for their life, abundance, health, prosperity, the head and not the tail.
He wasn’t just saying that spiritual darkness would be lifted; he meant that people who were blind would be able to see.
• the lame could walk
o just ask the guy whose friends lowered him through the roof, he’ll tell you that faith is so real you can touch it.
• the demon’s would be sent packing
o just ask the guy who was once full of a legion of demons, he will tell you that faith is so real you can touch it.
• disease and sickness would lose their power
o just ask the 10 lepers who were healed, they will tell you that faith is so real that you can touch it.
He wasn’t just saying that the downtrodden would be free from figurative oppression, he was saying that the weak, the poor and the slave would find real and actual freedom from the people in life who were holding them back.
• just ask the lady who was caught in the act of sex outside of marriage.
o the crowd was ready to stone her
o Jesus had compassion on her, go and sin no more
o she’ll tell you that faith is so real you can touch it
He wasn’t just saying that God was going to smile on the world with favor, he was saying that people are going to experience in a tangible way that favor of God on their life.
• just ask the lady at the well.
o Before she became a Christian she was a heartbroken woman who was just the means to an end for the men of her life
o When she gave her life to Christ she went out and the whole town followed her back to God, the whole town got saved, and she suddenly had favor like she had never had it before
o she will tell you that faith is so real you can touch it.
God doesn’t want to transform and change just the spiritual part of you. He wants to change your entire life to the best life ever.
My prayer this morning, is that your faith would become so real that you can touch it. Because the Christian life is one that is real, it is one that offers real solutions for the dilemmas of life, real answers for problems.