Sunday, September 3, 2017

sunday notes.... september 3rd

so last week, i thought to myself how great it would be to start up a little blog series sharing my sunday morning sermon notes.... you know, since i never know what happen to my sermon notebooks once they get full.  well, GOOD THING.... because i have no idea where my notebook from last week is by this week.  [insert eye roll at myself]

someday i may get myself together.  but until then, i'm allowing myself grace & also enjoying the satisfaction of a brand new notebook.

outrageous faith: by faith
[hebrews 11:1-2]

the term "by faith" is used 19 times in the 40 verses included in hebrews 11.

1.  what faith is not....
 -- faith has nothing to do with how we feel
 -- faith is not "i think so" or "i hope so"
 -- faith is not "it may be so" or "it may not be so"
 -- faith is not saying "it might be true" or "it might not be true"

2.  what faith is....
 -- hebrews 11:1, 6
    ... without faith, it is impossible to please God
      -- trust
      -- obey
      -- if we're not pleasing, we are offensive to God

 -- intellectual assent believing something to be true
 -- trust is actually relying on the fact that something is true
 -- belief in devotion to, trust in something or somebody, allegiance or loyalty to somebody or something
 -- faith means believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse [philip yancey]

3.  several aspects of faith....
 -- our faith is believing when we don't see it
    ... matthew 8:5-10
 -- our faith is willing to obey when we don't understand
    ... genesis 6:13-22

 -- our faith is willing to give when we don't have it to give
    ... mark 12:41-44
 -- our faith is persistent when we don't feel like it
    ... galatians 6:9-10
 -- our faith is thanking God before we receive it
    ... john 11:41-46
 -- our faith is trusting even when we don't get it
    ... philippians 4:11-13
    ... matthew 26:36-46

 [i love this blurry little picture amelia snapped of me with my pocket NLT bible!]

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