Romans 1:16-17, says, For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
The Bible puts a huge emphasis on the fact that God’s people are people of faith. Paul even says in Ephesians 6 that faith is a shield for us. Keep that image of faith as your shield in your mind for the entirety of this sermon.
We need to know then, what it looks like to be a person of faith.
In our culture today, especially with people between the ages of 18-30 there is no steadfastness. There is no finishing what you start. There is only – when it gets hard quit.
This applies to jobs, churches, relationships, everything. People between the ages of 18-30 believe that when it gets hard – you bail.
Where have we fallen for the lie that life is supposed to be easy?
That life is not supposed to be challenging? If you don’t run into situations that are difficult, hard, or challenging, how do you expect to grow as a person?
People have told me that the expectations for the part of our covenant on what it means to be a member of FaithPoint is too high. The expectations are high on purpose. Because God has high expectations of me as a pastor, I have high expectations for this church. I do not see the problem.
I. Faith is given to you – Romans 12:3, Ephesians 2:8-9
God assigns the measure of faith in which you receive. Do all Christians receive the same amount of faith. No. However, this does not mean that you can chicken out or run when things get too hard or challenging. You cannot be a conqueror and a coward at the same time.
II. You can ask Jesus for more faith. Luke 17:5
Because God is the one who gives you faith, you can ask God to give you more faith. When you ask, you have to believe that He will give it to you.
III. Faith is acting on what you believe about God to be true. James 2:26
This is where your obedience or lack of it is made evident in how you live your life.
If you say you believe in God, than you must act on what you say you believe. If you believe God wants men to be the spiritual leader in the home, men will be the leaders and pastors of their home.
This applies to all areas of your life.
If you believe that God is your provider, than you believe that your money is not yours but His and you will steward it the best way that honors Him. You cannot be a person of faith and be selfish. If God is not God over your money, you are a hypocrite. If God is not God over your relationships, you are a hypocrite. If more people in churches across America actually lived out what they said they believe about God to be true – Oprah would not be a billionaire. When problems arise, you do not worry or do not fear. Why? Because Jesus said do not worry and do not fear. The problem lies with people in churches saying they believe God but refuse to act upon what they say they believe. If more people lived out their faith, there would be less lost people in the world. Lost people do not see the need for Jesus when all they see is people in churches talking a lot about Jesus but refusing to live out that belief in their everyday lives.
If more churches were about Jesus, it would be hard to be a church hopper or a church consumer. FaithPoint is all about Jesus. Programs are not wrong until your church becomes known more for who the pastor is, how good the band is, or what kind of children’s programs, youth programs or insert whatever program you want. In
When a church is known to be all about Jesus – that church will believe that Jesus is enough.
IV. People of faith do not quit, they finish well. 2 Timothy 4:7
You are obedient to what called you to do.
Even if you are not supported, if no one applauds you, if no one follows you, you still get dressed for work and you show up. You do what you are called to do because it is God and not people that will reward your faithfulness. It is God that says, “Well done good and faithful servant.”
I want to die knowing that I was faithful to what God told me to do.
V. People of faith believe that the Bible is their highest authority.
2 Timothy 2:15
1 Kings 17:24
Nothing trumps the Bible.
No rule. No law.
No president, boss, parent, judge.
The Bible is God’s Word. God’s Word is truth. The Bible is truth.
This means that you add nothing to the gospel.
There is nothing for you to accomplish for salvation or sanctification because Jesus has already accomplished it.
There is nothing for you to earn or achieve because Jesus has already achieved it.
All you need to do is be obedient to what God has called you to do.
Even if you have messed up here, you have failed to believe that God is who God says he is, Jesus is who Jesus says he is, the Holy Spirit is who Jesus says He is, you can start. Start now.
If you believe that the Bible is true and your highest authority…
If you believe that the gospel is for salvation and sanctification…
If you believe that Jesus is enough…
Act on it. Live it out. If you really believe what you say you believe – acting on it shows your faith.
Repent for your lack of faith
Ask Jesus to increase your faith
Act on your faith – Live out what you know about God to be true.