11.29.15 The Workings of Faith

Hebrews 11:6, 12:1-2

#1 What is faith?

#2 What is the purpose of our faith?

#3 What is the result of faith?

  • faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen (firm belief, complete trust, full confidence)
  • we have no problem believing that God exists, but we have a hard time believing that He is trustworthy and will do good on His promises
  • the church is like a hospital where people go because they want to remain sick (it should not be this way)
  • transformation –> the reason why Christ died on the cross
  • purpose: change our lives–the #1 thing God wants for us is to be holy
  • the result of our faith is growth in our spiritual lives
  • already but not yet (we are Christians but not full Christians because we are still learning)
  • the whole time, James was giving the profile of Christ

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