Better get these sermon notes down… it feels like things are slowly getting busy again!
Brian spoke on “Living By Faith”, in a series on Portraits of Persistent Faith from Hebrews 11. I love that he’s now making up note-sheets for us, with blanks to fill in as we’re listening.
So–faith is NOT wishful thinking, blind leaps in the dark, or a negation of common sense. It IS having confidence and conviction, in God, who is the root of our faith. This is something Brian has talked about before: it’s not all because we believe the Bible, but it’s because we believe God. The character of God himself is what causes us to have faith in his words.
Living by faith is important, because as the scripture says, it is the ONLY way to please God. Living by faith means:
- Persevering–keep walking by faith to the end. As Eugene Peterson says, “a long obedience in the same direction”.
- Not expecting to get it all in this life. See Hebrews 11:13-16
- Realizing we may face both blessing and suffering in this life. (Hebrews 11:35-38)
“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” (Hebrews 11:3)
Oh, and HAPPY ELEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS!!
This is the only tree decoration I bought in 2011 (not that I buy one every year!) It was 50 cents at a craft sale, and went to a good cause… don’t know how a real waffle cone is going to keep, but we’ll see!