BFF is now on Facebook! Please visit and join us in releasing God's powerful Word to our generation! God's peace can help us live above anxieties as we learn to trust in Him! The Bible's whole message can be summarized by that famous scriptural phrase, " The righteous will live by faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God.
God through our faith shapes our lives. Faith is the door in which God speaks and works through man. Hudson Tayler wisely described faith as "holding onto the faithfulness of God.
God is greatly concerned that we would have faith in Him alone. It is our creed, our life and hope. Peter , an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who reside as aliens , scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen 1 Peter Throughout our study we will take a brief look at some great men of faith.
Their faith actually moved the world. God Himself seeks men of faith who would act as His conduits of grace into this dark world. We could spend our whole time living with Abraham, walking with Moses, conquering with Joshua, fighting giants with David but never reach the 'Faith Academy' of Hebrews We are also very interested in the connection between faith and faithfulness. When we find faithlessness, we will be lacking faith.
Genuine faith in God breeds faithfulness in our lives.
Our faith in God forms the backbone of our lives. What we believe, we eventually live out.
That we may better understand the spiritual dynamics of faith, that is, how faith works. Faith: Old testament. Different versions range from 2 KJV to about more than 10 NIV , but even here it is used mostly in the sense 'breaking faith'. For instance, consider Abraham as described in Romans 4. Donate Now.
When broken relationships, job problems, marital problems, family problems seem to dominate the Christian community, we should note the root problem: no faith in God. Secularism's arms are craftily reaching into our churches. These two predispositions lie at the root of our paralysis of unbelief".
We cannot live on past faith. We cannot just enjoy the stories of past faithful men. They are inspiring but faith doesn't count unless it is embedded in our own lives. And church is not a gas station that merely exists to service your Christianity. The original disciples made a similar mistake in their thinking. Even though they didn't have gas tanks back then, they thought it was possible and necessary to top up their faith tank.
Our passage for today is Luke But let's jump for a moment to verse The disciples were a lot like us. They felt that if they could have more faith, they could be better disciples. We think like this too.
We often look at our life and we are not pleased at what we see. We get this sense that we could be doing better. So, we say to ourselves, "If only I had more faith. Then I could be a better disciple. Before we look at Christ's response, let's go back and get the background of this passage. When I first read these verses , they seemed to me to be quite disconnected. They seemed to be a hodge-podge of various instruction thrown together.
This may in fact be the case. Luke could have pieced these verses together from various saying of Jesus. Or perhaps Jesus did say these all at once. It doesn't matter.
The fact is that Holy Spirit inspired Luke to record them here and to record them in this order. And therefore there must be meaning to the order. Previously in Luke's account, Jesus had given the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man, which we covered in last's week sermon. The parable taught us that we need to have a sincere compassion for all people. Now, in verse 1 of chapter 17, Jesus continues to talk about the great responsibility we have as disciples:.
It is increasingly difficult to find someone whose love or loyalty can be counted on. Marriages and families are a major casualty. Fewer and fewer people are willing to make lifelong commitments. Because the LORD has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously: yet is she your companion, and the wife of your covenant.
Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And why one? That he might seek a godly seed.
Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. All good relationships are built on the foundation of faith and faithfulness—of mutual trust born out of trustworthiness. A good marriage is largely defined as a faithful wife and faithful husband.
A good employee is a trusted and dependable employee. Although all people sometimes fail at faithfulness, we can always count on God. That is what enables us to have complete faith and trust in Him. To reach the level of faith to truly become faithful like God we must wholeheartedly seek His help! Pray for faith and faithfulness. The apostle Paul listed some of the main ones. This is consistent with the way the Greek word pistis in this passage is usually translated elsewhere in the New Testament—including numerous occurrences in the book of Galatians.