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Weekly Sermon - 04 Mar 18                                 

The living  Christian faith
(Acts 17:22-31)

Speaker: Rev Peter Tan
 
(53 minutes)
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Sermon Outline

.   Introduction

1.   The Living Faith of Abel

2.   The Living Faith of Enoch

3.   The Living Faith of Noah

4.   The Living Faith of Abraham

.   Conclusion

Introduction - Faith Explained

Heb. 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." {substance: or, ground, or, confidence}

Faith has its effects on those who have it, hoping on things, and sets them before our eyes that which are invisible.

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the sign that the things not seen are true."

Introduction

"Substance", signifies subsistence, that which becomes "a foundation for another thing to stand on". 

"Evidence" signifies "a conviction as is produced in the mind by a demonstration, after which no doubt will remain, because we see from it that the thing is; that it cannot but be; and that it cannot be otherwise than as it is, and is proved to be."

What then is Faith?

"Our faith is only as good as the object in which we place our faith."

"Faith is the affirmative response to God's will and Word. We don't need to see something to believe it."

"Faith is the acceptance of something simply because God has said it."

1. The Living Faith of Abel

Heb. 11:4 "By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain..."

More sacrifice - Abel, by faith, made more than one offering; "God testified of his GIFTS".

It was not merely a thank-offering, like that of Cain, but a sin-offering sacrifice.

It was the faith of Abel, that made the difference between his sacrifice and the sacrifice of Cain.

2. The Living Faith of Enoch

Heb. 11:5 "By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God."

"He walked with God" (cf. Genesis 5:21-24);

He served God in preaching (cf. Jude 1:14,15);

"There is no hope of living with God in heaven, if we do not please him here on earth."

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."

A worshipper will have confidence in God - in His faithfulness, His truth, His wisdom, His promises;

God cannot be pleased with the man who has no confidence in him.

3. The Living Faith of Noah

Heb. 11:7 "By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house..."

He simply believe what God had informed him of the coming flood;

He put unwavering reliance on the truth of the Divine declaration.

He acted not from a fear of losing his life, but from the fear of God.

4. The Living Faith Abraham

Heb. 11:8 "By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went."

His obedience was the fullest proof of his faith in God;

It is not necessary for us to know EVERYTHING that God will do, in order for us to trust in and obey him.

Conclusion – Results of Living Faith

Heb. 11:4 "By faith Abel...obtained witness that he was righteous..."

Heb. 11:5 "By faith Enoch...he should not see death...God had translated him..."

Heb. 11:7 "By faith Noah...the saving of his house...condemned the world...became heir of the righteousness..."

Heb. 11:8 "By faith Abraham...receive for an inheritance..."

 

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