September 28, 2014 Series: Jesus...the anchor of our soul!
Scripture: Hebrews 11:23–11:28
What is genuine faith?
Answer: there are evidences that neither prove nor disprove genuine faith; there are proofs of authentic faith...love for God, repentance of sin, genuine humility, devotion to God's glory, continual prayer, selfless love, separation from the world, obedient living, and spiritual growth.
I. Demonstrated Faith (23)
A. Public declaration (we will not let the fear of death control us, we will follow God)
B. Private determination (beautiful: sense of uniqueness or specialness, mark of excellence to come)
II. Decisional Faith (24-26)
A. Identifying faith (refused to be identified and chose to suffer. "He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." ~Elliott)
B. Intentional faith (decision to be obedient no matter the cost)
III. Durable Faith (27)
A. Bold faith (taking risks for God)
B. Bearing faith (endured the wilderness for 40 years because he saw Him who was invisible)
IV. Delivering Faith
A. Implicit faith (they believed God so much that they obeyed 100% some very strange commands)
B. Individual faith (1 Corinthians 5:7) these people were saved by the grace of God through faith, looking forward to the fulfillment of Jesus. You and I are looking back to Christ.
> Genuine faith is undeserved!
> Genuine faith is undivided! Focused on the reward of Christ!
> Genuine faith is undaunted! Leaving the familiar to step out because your eyes are on Christ!
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