Faith Sermon - Pastor Steve Winter

These are my notes for tonight's 3/31/2001 sermon on faith. I have it uploaded to http://www.prerapture.org/audio

Deuteronomy 32:20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will
see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation,
children in whom is no faith.

Habakkuk 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in
him: but the just shall live by his faith.

Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate
the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and
despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye
shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye
shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than
raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they
reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.
Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the
field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was
not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day
is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more
clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What
shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your
heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and
all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall
take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the
evil thereof.

The faith of the Bible is not a "do nothing" faith. While we should
have faith and not worry that does not mean that we should not be
diligent in our business and work.

So in order to, by faith, obey the Bible, you will work hard and be
diligent.

Ephesians 6:7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not
to men:

Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the
Lord, and not unto men;

Proverbs 22:29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall
stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

Paul was an independent business owner. He was a tentmaker and he
continued this business of his. In fact that is how he came in
contact with Aquila and Priscilla and abode with them. It started as
a business relationship.

Acts 18:1 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to
Corinth;
2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come
from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had
commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.
3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and
wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.

How important is faith?

Hebrews 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.

Where can you get it?

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man
that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought
to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every
man the measure of faith.

and

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the
word of God.

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

Of course we need to keep in mind that the faith of the Ephesians was
not the empty claim of faith of false-christianity today, but rather
the faith that caused them to obey Paul and to be baptised in Jesus
name and to receive the Holy Spirit, which was an opportunity
provided to them purely by the grace of God.

Look back at the birth of that Ephesian Church when the people
there obeyed Paul and were baptised in Jesus Name. They had
the faith to obey!

Acts 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of
repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him
which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord
Jesus.
6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on
them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

Faith is a shield for you!

Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye
shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

There is a joy associated with faith!

Philippians 1:25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall
abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;

1 Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith,
and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in
the sight of God and our Father;

Now I would point out here for any trinitarian that this does not mean
that "God" and "Father" are two separate persons any more than
"Father" and "Son" are two separate persons. But, if you have "Son"
and "Father" as separate persons, by the same logic you would need to
also have "Father" and "God" as two separate persons as well. But you
really knew that already, didn't you?

But notice it speaks of "work of faith", that just doesn't jive with
the "do nothing but claim to believe" false doctrines of the modern
false-christian cults now does it?

James had an interesting way of phrasing it:

James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works
is dead?
James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith
without works is dead also.

Pastor Steve Winter