Courageous Faith

Courageous Faith

Welcome and prayer (scripture with a purpose)

Scripture Isaiah 6:3 Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is filled with his glory! 

Call to Worship- Holy, Holy, Holy

Scripture 1 Samuel 2:2 There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God. Scripture 1 Corinthians 8:6 for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. 

Song of Praise- We Believe (Scripture references online)Scripture Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” Scripture Romans 10:9 if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Scripture Philippians 2:9-11 God has exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

Song of Praise- Jesus Messiah 

SERMON- Courageous Faith (Biblical Faith)

According to Merriam-Webster the definition of faith is- a strong belief or trust in someone or something

Based on that definition- I have faith that the sanctuary that we gather in today is a safe place to be. Let me explain. (elaborate)

What is Biblical faith?Hebrews 11:6 - And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 

In other words-Biblical faith is trusting that God is who he says he is, did what he said he did, and will do what he says he’ll do, in accordance with His Word. 

The writer of Hebrews is dealing with discouraged people (chapters1-10 he is reminding then who God is , Christ is and God's promises) 

(10:32-34) But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, (33) sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. (34) For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. - ESV

***A journey of faith is not free from obstacles. (Purpose of obstacles)

Verses 35-39-(35) Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. (36) For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. (37) For, "Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; (38) but my righteous one shall live by faith,  and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him." (39) But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. - ESV

*** Don't give up. To encourage them, in chapter 11, the writer of Hebrews goes through an Old Testament survey of the heroes of old who actively walked in faith.

Biblical Faith: 1) Trusts God and God’s Word (belief + acting on that belief) ( faith guide us in every decision)2) Moves forward with assurance and conviction banking on God’s faithfulness. • Hebrews 11:1-3 -(1) Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (2) For by it the people of old received their commendation. (3) By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.- ESV3) Recognizes and affirms God’s sovereignty over all things, past, present, and future. That God bring into light that which was formerly not seen. I love what God says to Habakkuk in chapter 2 (give background) Habakkuk 2:1-4.  I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me,  and what I will answer concerning my complaint. (2) And the LORD answered me: "Write the vision;  make it plain on tablets,  so he may run who reads it. (3) For still the vision awaits its appointed time;  it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it;  it will surely come; it will not delay. (4) Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him,  but the righteous shall live by his faith. (Note- Or faithfulness) - ESV

What does it look like to walk in faith personally and corporately? #1: We face a future that only God can accomplish. (Abraham walked in faith)

(8) By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. (9) By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. (10) For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.Hebrews 11:8-10 - ESV.   (apply)#2: Following God’s vision, not people’s opinion. (If Abraham had taken a poll of the people of Haran, or read a current leadership book he would probably have Neve left town)#3: Dreaming in a way that forces us to depend on God and not ourselves. #4: Continually trusting God with the “next” thing”. #5: Persevering even when we don’t totally get what He’s doing. #6: Displaying boldness and courage according to God’s leading, promises, etc. • Courage forces you to depend on the Lord rather than self. #7: Leading through the possibility of failure, recognizing risk, with no guarantee. #8: Reminding people that anything we can accomplish by our own skills, talents, and strategies, isn’t living with or leading with faith in God. #9: Being willing to change directions as God leads. 

Hebrews 12:1-2 sums up these thoughts with these encouraging words.

(1) Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, (2) looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.Hebrews 12:1-2 - ESV


Trust God- walk with God- be encouraged 

Time of Response- It is Well with My Soul

Charge to the congregation- reflect on these nine points of faith walking- evaluate how each of these apply to you personally and to this local church as well.

Closing prayer