Summary: In all of our efforts to grow and share in Christ, it all starts with that first step of faith.
Taking That First Step
By Pastor JC Browning
I really like the Indiana Jones movie series – I particularly liked the first and the third movie. You see in the First they where looking for the Ark of the Covenant. In the Third they were looking for the Holy Grail. Through all the science and archeology the story came down to what do you believe and what step are you willing to take?
Illustration: Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade – The scene is toward the end where Indy and His father have found the cave. The bad guys have shot his father and he is making his way through the booby traps to reach the Holy Grail. He passes the first two challenges:
• The Will of God
o Penitent Man
o He realizes that he must kneel before God (Honor Him) in order to pass
• The Word of God
o He realizes he must for the word of God (Scripture)
• The Way of God
o He realizes that ultimately he must take a step of faith
He comes to a great chasm and there is no way he can jump it on his own, he can see salvation on the other side but in order to reach it he must cross the chasm. From his vantage point there is only depth and certain failure. But he, after a prayer, takes that step and finds there was a bridge across all along but from his point of view he could not see it.
Our Christian walk is like that we have to admit that we must humble ourselves before God. We must admit that through the following of scripture we will find our way. But finally every step we make must ultimately start with a step of faith.
We will find many chasms in life that we can see where we need to be and there is nothing on this earth that will get us across that great expanse and we begin to fall back on world beliefs that we must settle for less because we can’t achieve it. But our Heavenly Father wants more for us but sometimes he wants us to trust him and take a leap of faith.
Hebrews 11: 1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
I. The Will of God:
a. We must realize that we must humble ourselves and follow Gods will.
i. Philippians 2:12 – 13
1. 12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
b. God’s Will and Purpose
i. For us to hear we must be
1. Willing to listen
2. Ready to listen
3. Prepared to listen
II. The Word of God:
a. We must realize that we must read, understand, and follow God Word.
i. John 1: 1-5
1. 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood[a] it.
ii. II Timothy 3:16 – 17
1. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
b. God’s Word
i. We must be prepared to receive the word of the Lord
1. Through establishment of the relationship
2. Through study and prayer
ii. We must spend time reading and studying His Word
iii. We must learn to understand His Word and it’s meaning in our lives.
1. The ayah! Factor – That time when you’ve read scripture over and over and suddenly the light goes on, and you understand the scriptures meaning in your live.
iv. Once we understand the scriptures, they do us NO good what so ever if we don’t follow them.
And Finally the:
III. The Way of God:
a. Illustration: A police exam read: You are on patrol in outer London when an explosion occurs in a gas main in a nearby street. On investigation you find that a large hole has been blown in the footpath and there is an overturned van lying nearby. Inside the van there is a strong smell of alcohol. Both occupants—a man and a woman—are injured. You recognize the woman as the wife of your Divisional Inspector, who is at present away in the USA. A passing motorist stops to offer you assistance and you realize that he is a man who is wanted for armed robbery. Suddenly a man runs out of a nearby house, shouting that his wife is expecting a baby and that the shock of the explosion has made the birth imminent. Another man is crying for help, having been blown into an adjacent canal by the explosion, and he cannot swim.