6-Week Series: Against All Odds


Summary: FAITH is one of the great themes of all of Scripture. Because of the abuse of Faith by some, we often avoid preaching or talking about it. It has been my experience that whenever there is a battleground over a Bible text or Doctrine, ther is something Sat

The Adventure of Faith

Hebrews 11:1-10

Eph 2:8 …For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Rom 1:17b …The just shall live by faith.

Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Matt 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Gal 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

II Cor 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

Rom 14:23b …for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

Heb 11:6 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.

These scriptures all have one thing in common – FAITH.


A woman recently came to me very distressed and said, “My son says he doesn’t believe in God anymore. He said, ‘Prove to me there is a God.’” She wanted to know what she could say to him.

What would I do? What would I say to him?

Well, I wouldn’t try to prove to him there was a God.

You know, God never tries to prove that He exists. He just declares His existence.

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

What would I do? I would just unleash the Word of God and let it work.

Ill. Our “Share Jesus Without Fear” witnessing program works in this way. You don’t try to preach to people, you just let them read the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit does the convicting.

FAITH is one of the great themes of all of Scripture.

It begins with Abel soon after the fall of his parents in the 4th chapter of Genesis and continues through the Bible.

• Faith is the Basis of the O T heroes of the faith.

• Faith is the Basis of N T Christianity.

Too many Christians live like Faith stops at salvation – but it doesn’t. Faith is important for the maturing and growth of the Christian.

• We Begin the Christian life by Faith.

• We Progress in the Christian life by Faith.

• We Obtain God’s promises in the Christian life by Faith.

Heb 11:6 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.

We Baptists often shy away from talking about Faith because of all the abuse by the “Extreme, name it and claim it, faith movement.” Yet we may be guilty of also abusing Faith by going to the other extreme and not talking about it and learning to exercise it.

It has been my observation and experience that whenever there is an important Biblical truth or doctrine, that Satan tries to either deny it, counterfeit it, or obscure (hide) it.

Corrie Ten Boom, the elderly Dutch saint of God who was captured and imprisoned in a concentration camp during the Second World War for hiding and smuggling Jews out of Holland, had an Acrostic she used about Faith.

a Fantastic Adventure In Trusting Him

FAITH is: Believing before I see it.

Obeying before I have all the details.

Giving before I have a return.

Enduring before satisfaction is felt.

Thanking before receiving.

Trusting even when disappointed.


I. The Definition of Faith – Vs1,2

The Dictionary defines “Faith” as:

1. Reliance or trust in a person or thing

2. Belief in religious doctrine

3. A system of religious belief

4. Sincerity or loyalty

God’s definition of “Faith” is found in Hebrews 11:1

This scriptural definition of faith is true in salvation. God promises eternal life to the

person who opens their heart and receives Jesus as their Savior. Unfortunately too many

Christians stop here in regard to their faith.

This verse in Hebrews 11 continues where most Christians stop. When the Holy Spirit lays

Something on the heart of one of his children, they can pray with firm assurance that God

will answer their prayer. The key is that the Holy Spirit must lay that burden upon our

heart and therefore it will be within the will of God. God is always God – We are not God.

II. The Source of Faith Vs. 3

Heb 6:17-19

17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:

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