Faith – Sermon Summary   Leave a comment

Luke 1:26-38.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certainof what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1, NIV, emphasis mine.

While the Greek word for “faith” makes young people giggle, this complex word can basically be used as a noun or a verb.  Exorcising your faith would be known as “faithing.”  Try getting that past your spell check.So faith is something you can have and something you can do.  James 2 reminds us not to confuse the profession of faith with the practice of faith.  Professing faith is believing in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord while practicing faith is acting accordingly upon that belief.

Jesus said that even tiny faith, the size of a mustard seed, truly goes beyond human comprehension.  Can you imagine telling a tree to move 3 feet to the right, or better yet a mountain?

The Bible teaches that faith can cause great things to happen in ones life.  Many times the Gospels show us that people’s faith healed them, or saved them, or caused God to forgive their sins.

Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”  NIV.

Mary’s decision was one of faith.  Did she truly believe in God?  Her answer shows us that she certainly did.  She had “found favor” with the Lord; God’s free gift of grace.  All she had to do was believe.

Why should you believe in God?  Because God believes in you!

He believes in you because of His love for you.  He believes in you so much that He sent a Savior in Jesus Christ just for you and for me.  He believes in you because He created you, knows you, and loves you.

Knowing this, you can be a person of faith.  You need not doubt God’s love or feelings toward you.  You can have faith and also put that faith into action, living daily in a way that pleases the Lord.

You can believe in God, because God believes in you.

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