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FORGETTING FAITH’S FUNDAMENTAL FOUNDATION

19 Jun

                        TAKING A LOOK AT OUR FUNDAMENTAL FAITH

 
 
 

Intro.

 
1. Heb. 11:1: Now faith is the…
 
a. Substance of things hoped for (hupostasis): “a setting or placing under; thing put under, substructure, foundation” (Rom. 8:24-25).
 
– (“It is common in the papyri in business documents as the basis or guarantee of transactions,” Robertson’s NT Word Pictures.)
 
b. Evidence of things not seen (elegchos): “a proof, that by which a thing is proved or tested; conviction” (Jno. 20:29-31; 1 Pet. 1:8-9).
 
2. Faith saves, Rom. 5:1.
 
a. Our faith is tested daily, Jas. 1:2-3.
 
b. Enduring faith saves, Heb. 10:36-39.
 
c. Such faith is accounted to us for righteousness, Rom. 4:3-8, 16; Jas. 2:14-24 (Heb. 11:17) (Faith like Abraham).
 
3. Faith is so fundamental, yet often it is fundamentally misunderstood and misapplied.
 
 
 
I. FOUNDATION OF FAITH IS THE WORD OF GOD (Rom. 1:16-17).
 
A. The Word of Faith – Rom. 10:6-10. Evidence
 
1. Divine testimony: “For the Scripture says” (10:11); “As it is written” (10:15)…Isaiah says (10:16).
 
2. Faith comes by hearing God’s word, 10:17; cf. Jno. 8:47 (37-38).
 
3. God’s word must have first place in our lives (Jno. 8:37, 31-32):
 
a. How to be saved (HBRCB).
 
b. Moral living (Tit. 2:11-12).
 
c. The church (Eph. 1:22-23; 4:4; 5:23).
 
d. True worship (Jno. 4:24).
 
e. Pure doctrine (Gal. 1:6-9).
 
B. Foundation of Faith is Not…
 
1. Personal experiences, Phil. 3:3-7.
 
2. Your friends/parents, Jno. 1:45-46 (come & see for yourself).
 
3. The church, Eph. 3:21 (misunderstands what the church is).
 
4. Elders/preachers, Acts 20:30.
 
5. Man’s wisdom, 1 Cor. 2:4-5.
 
-Foundation: Hear & obey words of Jesus, Matt. 7:24-27.
 
 
 
II. FOCUS OF FAITH IS GOD. Heb. 11:6
 
A. Jesus Said without Faith in Him we Die in Sin, Jno. 8:23-24, 8:58.
 
1. Faith that Jesus is who He said He is, Jno. 14:7-11.
 
2. Faith that Jesus is where he said He would go, Jno. 14:1-6 (Acts 1:9-11; 2:32-33).
 
3. Faith that Jesus will do what He said He would do, Matt. 11:28-30; 28:19-20; Heb. 9:28.
 
4. Focused faith obeys Jesus for salvation, Heb. 5:8-9.
 
a. Cleanses hearts by faith, Acts 15:8-9 (Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 3:26-27).
 
b. When the sinner obeys Jesus, Acts 10:34-35, 47-48.
 
B. The Focus of Faith is Not…
 
1. Feelings, Prov. 14:12. (Deceitfulness of sin, Heb. 3:12-13).
 
-Many feel they are saved, even when Bible says they are not (Matt. 7:21-23); Acts 26:9 – Saul is an example for us to learn from.
 
2. Family, Lk. 18:28-30 (Matt. 10:34-39).
 
3. Funding, 2 Cor. 8:1-5.
 
4. Fun, food & frolic, 1 Cor. 11:22, 34.
 
5. Self, Lk. 9:23.
 
 
 
III. FULLNESS OF FAITH DILIGENTLY ENDURES.
 
A. A Full Faith Works, 1 Ths. 1:3; Jno. 6:28-29 (Jas. 2:22); Heb. 13:21.
 
B. A Full Faith Remains Diligent & Patient, Heb. 6:9-20.
 
-Endurance produces a genuine (approved) faith, 1 Pet. 1:7.
 
C. A Full Faith is Fully Assured, Heb. 10:22.
 
1. Boldness & access that relies (confidence) on Christ, Eph. 3:12.
 
2. Strengthened by God thru the fellowship of faith, Eph. 3:16-19.
 
 
 
IV. FINALITY OF FAITH IS ETERNAL LIFE, 2 Tim. 4:7-8.
 
A. The Crown of Life, Jas. 1:12.
 
1. stephanos: “the wreath or garland which was given as a prize to victors in public games” (OBL).
 
2. Imperishable; the result of living with self-control, 1 Cor. 9:25.
 
B. Result of Being Faithful unto Death, Rev. 2:10; Matt. 10:21-22.
 
1. Yes, until you die; but here it is primarily “to the point of” dying for Christ (cf. context of tribulation; Antipas, 2:13).
 
2. Faith that strives against sin, Heb. 12:3-4.
 
3. Hold faith; don’t let anyone take your crown, Rev. 3:10-11.
 
 
 

Conclusion

 
Heb. 10:39: Believe unto the saving of the soul.
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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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One response to “FORGETTING FAITH’S FUNDAMENTAL FOUNDATION

  1. evanlaar1922

    June 19, 2012 at 12:52 am

    I think I missed how we obtain such a faith….

     

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