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The Essence and Object of Faith:

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Stephen Johns

on 27 December 2015

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Transcript of The Essence and Object of Faith:

The Essence and Object of Faith:
Part 2

Romans 4:18-25
Faith is seeing the unseeable so it does not grow weaker
Hebrews 11:1

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Genuine Faith does not wilt because it leans on God's character and power
“No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God . . . fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.”
Genuine Faith Leans on God's Character and Power
Wait . . . Abraham didn't doubt?
Genesis 17:17

“Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?”
Luke 1:34

“And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”
His Trust is in God's Character and Power
The Core of our Doubts
God Needs My Help
It takes faith . . .
in our parenting
to live for an eternal kingdom
to live rightly in the Gospel Community
to patiently and relentlessly keep on presenting the Gospel to them while trusting God to work
and not believe the lies of our culture and our flesh that success is found here and satisfaction is found in desires met
to be honest about your own struggles while sacrificially pursuing others in love
Dealing with Doubts
Meeting Doubts of Change with the Truth of the Word
2 Corinthians 4:1-6

"1 Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
Meetings Doubts of Suffering with the Plan of God
2 Corinthians 4:8-9

“8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed”
Meeting Doubts of the Present with Hope in the Future
2 Corinthians 4:16-17

“16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison”
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