There are a few things that I would like to share with you today.
- Continue to wear your FaithPoint T-shirts. They are generating conversations. People are asking questions and inquiring about our church. We want these T-shirts to be used as a tool to lead people to a saving relationship found only in Jesus.
- If you are interested in doing a video on why you love FaithPoint, we would love to help you make that or you can make it yourself. We would like to share your video on Sunday mornings and share it on our FaithPoint Facebook page. Our I LOVE MY CHURCH series only has two more weeks in it. However, that does not mean that we will quit saying how much we love our church. You can share a testimony, write a post on our Facebook page, you can do whatever you feel led to do. I believe that the more that God works in us, the more we will tell people about Jesus and the more we will love our church.
- What message in the series has spoken to you the most? Sharing that on our Facebook page may just encourage or help someone else.
- Remember, everyone is welcome at the table. To get them to the table, they must be first invited to the house. Let’s get more people to the table so that may feast with us on the Scriptures together. Invite someone to come with you this week.
- For some of you, it is time to take the jump. You know that you need to give to what God is doing at FaithPoint. Take the jump. God will not lead you astray. Some of you have been coming for awhile now and it is time for you to take the jump and become a part of our FaithPoint family. Some of you just need to relinquish control of your life to God and let the Holy Spirit lead and guide you. I know that it is scary at the beginning but there is no place better than trusting in and walking with your Heavenly Father.
This past Sunday’s sermon is probably my favorite in the series. I know that it spoke to someone. I have not posted any of the notes from this series on the blog for a reason. I wanted our discussion times to be genuinely from you. What I mean by that is this…Because we are in our I LOVE MY CHURCH series, I wanted you to be open and honest about why you love your church and what God is doing in you without you having the sermon notes as a crutch to lean on.
This week, I feel compelled to share the sermon notes from this past Sunday with you. I am not sure why? I don’t know if someone needs to read through them, or someone needs to be reminded that there is a certain level of risk and uncertainty when walking by faith. It also may be that someone just needs to be encouraged that now is the time to get out of the boat. There is no time like today to get out of the boat and walk on the water.
Here are the notes from this past Sunday’s sermon:
Christians have a lot of verses that they like to put on bumper stickers, t-shirts, and coffee cups.
- John 3:16
- Galatians 2:20
- 2 Corinthians 5:7
- Psalm 119:11
Faith: We are all familiar with the verse where most Christians form their definition of faith. Hebrews 11:1
Where does faith come from?
Ephesians 2:8 says that your faith does not come from you.
It is a gift from God.
Matthew Henry’s commentary on Ephesians 2:8
The goodness of God in converting and saving sinners heretofore, encourages others in after-time, to hope in his grace and mercy. Our faith, our conversion, and our eternal salvation, are not of works, lest any man should boast. These things are not brought to pass by any thing done by us, therefore all boasting is shut out. All is the free gift of God, and the effect of being quickened by his power.
Because faith is a gift, you want to use it in such a way that for all intents and purposes, honors the One who gave it to you.
Not using the gift would bring dishonor to the giver.
You should want to use faith in the way that God intended you to use it. After all, he is the One who gave it to you.
How do you use faith in a way that both honors and glorifies God?
2 Corinthians 5:7
Christians love to quote this verse.
It is one thing to quote a verse, it is another thing entirely to live it out.
For the average, christian, who quotes this verse, I am calling party foul.
Two reasons: 2 Corinthians 5:8-9
and James 2:17
Out of all the people that I know who say they are christians, I believe that I can count on one hand, the people I know who make it their life’s goal to always be pleasing to God. Their joy comes from knowing that one day they will be at home with their Lord but for now they realize they are apart from him and they long for their home.
Do we as christians, truly live that there is nothing better than being with Jesus?
I love my wife.
I love my boys.
I love FaithPoint.
Jesus is better.
Then James walks up and says, “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
You can’t just say that you have faith. You have to prove it.
There has to be evidence that backs up what you say.
What does that look like?
Walking by faith and not by sight sounds good. We like the way it sounds and we want it to be true without doing what it takes for it to be true in our lives.
There will always be some level of risk and uncertainty with faith. If God told you every step, or you could see what was around the next corner, it wouldn’t be called faith. Trusting God means that you understand that he is in complete control even when you can’t see where he wants to take you.
It is time for you to get out of the boat and walk on the water.
Peter didn’t fall until he took his eyes off of Jesus.
We must discipline ourselves to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. Then it doesn’t matter when the wind blows, it doesn’t matter how high the tide rises, it doesn’t matter what storms may come, our eyes are fixed on Jesus.
I look forward to continuing this series with you.