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Summary: True Christian faith is not just an abstract, theoretical, thing but something which affects our thoughts, words and actions, and not just on Sundays, but every day of the week

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Hebrews chapter 11 verses 1 - 3 and 12 verses 1 - 3

True faith is practical faith, with examples

Everyone, even the most committed Atheist, has faith of some kind,

and that faith always has some practical outworking.

Theoretical faith is OK up to a point

but is not much good if it has no everyday use or application.

For example, when we board a bus or 'plane,

we have faith that the driver or pilot is fit and well trained.

If we did not, we just wouldn't travel.

For example, when we sit on a chair,

we have faith that it will bear our weight and not collapse under us.

If we did not have that faith, we would remain standing.

For example, when we buy something in a shop,

we have faith that it will do whatever we expect it to do, or we would not buy it.

And we must have faith, trust, confidence in our friends

and hopefully in each other gathered here, or we would live very solitary, lonely lives.

But the topic for today is religious faith, saving faith,

the faith that makes the difference between a hell-bound sinner and a heaven-bound saint.

That faith hopefully is not a theoretical or abstract belief in 'Someone' or 'Something'

or 'Life after death',

but something which is practical and which impacts on or affects

our every thought, word and action.

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According to Jesus in John 3:16,

'God so loved the world that He gace His only begotten Son,

so that whoever believes on Him, will not perish but have everlasting life.'

The key word here is 'believe' or 'have faith',

and the practical outworking of that faith

is to have no fear of what lies beyond the grave.

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According to St Paul in his Letter to the Ephesians,chapter 2,

'it is by grace that we are saved, by faith; not of works, lest we boast.'

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So believing, having faith, is at the very core of the Christian religion

and not just a vague 'fingers-crossed' faith or belief in some sort of god

or that Jesus was a good man,

but saving fath in God's sovereign grace.

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It is not my practice to deliver 3 point sermons

in the fashion of that great Calvinist preacher, C.H. Spurgeon

but today I would like to consider four people in the Bible,

2 men and 2 women, among many,

who are recorded as exercising true faith, saving faith, practical faith,

and who we should try to learn from, and be like, with the help of the Holy Spirit.

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The first is Noah, who had the kind of faith that pleased God and brought reward.


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