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The Source - Part 7, Faith
Miles McPherson - December 16, 2012

Message Recap

Faith is of the utmost important in our lives:

It’s impossible to have salvation without faith. Ephesians 2:8-9

It’s impossible to resist evil without faith. Ephesians 6:16

It’s impossible to please God without faith. Hebrews 11:6

It’s impossible to pray without faith. Matthew 21:22

It’s impossible to be happy without faith. Romans 5:1

Without faith, we can't be a source of blessing to others to the degree God created us to be.  God is not impressed that you are simply in church, because He is always looking at the heart.  Do you come to church so that you can check it off your to-do list?  Or are you seeking Him diligently with all your heart?

1. Faith is about knowing and trusting in facts. Hebrews 11:1

You should not put your faith in experience or feeling, but in facts.

Faith is stepping on a secure rock, a fact that will not move.

Faith is stepping on a secure rock, a fact that will not move. Jesus is the rock of our salvation.  He is, was, and always will be truth, and he is unchanging.  He loves you and you can’t earn or lose His love.   When you trust in the facts of God’s character, you can continue to worship and trust Him even when you experience trials, distress, or discouragement.

Abraham was the father of faith, so if we are to be a source of blessing to the world as Abraham was, then we must have faith as he did.

2. Increase your faith by increasing the amount of trusted and obeyed facts.  Romans 10:17

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing of the Word of God.  Romans 10:17

If you want more faith, gather more facts on which to put your faith.  The more you understand and document his factual love, reliability, trustworthiness, and love, the more faith you will have.

When disaster comes, you can remember God’s Word.  You can recall His faithfulness to people throughout the ages and trust that He will be faithful to you as well.

Pastor Miles presented a new challenge for the coming year:  if you want more faith in your life, get up early and start reading your Bible every single day.  We will soon release a reading schedule that will guide you through the entire Bible in one year.

3. Faith is measured by how fast and completely you act by obeying the facts.  James 2:14-20

It’s one thing to know the facts, but it’s another thing to act on the facts. Our actions reveal whether or not we have faith. As James 2:17 tells us, “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

God calls us as a church to make kingdom changes for Him throughout our county, but we could never accomplish those things without faith.  We must ask Him how He wants us to give; how He wants us to sacrifice, and what He wants us to do.  If we listen and act obediently in faith, we can accomplish miraculous things.

 

If we listen and act obediently in faith, we can accomplish miraculous things.

 

Two faith challenges to finish our series:

  • Put yourself out there by faith and invite someone to Christmas—someone that may reject you.  Even if you are rejected, you will be okay.  It’s not that bad!  And coming to hear the Gospel may actually change someone’s life.
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  • Pray about being a giver, not only with your money, but with your life.  The details of this are between you and God, but its focus is that you would live your life as a source of blessing to others.
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The Source

This 7-part series asks, are we Takers or Givers? Are we going to give of ourselves so we can receive what God has for us? In Part 7, Pastor Miles speaks about how we cannot be the source of blessing that God created us to be without faith.

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