Faith – Observation & Notes

I. Two types of faith
A. Saving faith
i. σῴζω (sózó) issue
ii. the usual issue that comes up in discussion of monergism, regeneration, etc.
B. Living faith
II. Faith comes by hearing the Word
A. Romans 10:17
B. Comment
i. Claiming the promises of God and letting them claim you
1. Martin Niemoller & Proverbs 18:10
III. Faith is mixed with the Word
A. Hebrews 4:2
B. Some ppl are hearers only
i. Some ppl are just church attenders.
C. Mixing – meditation
D. How we walk with Scriptures
IV. Examples
A. Noah
B. Abraham
i. Romans 4v.20
V. Depend upon others’ faith when yours is weak
A. The Paralytic whose friends let him down.
B. A cord of three stands is not easily broken (Eccles. 4:12)
i. Xtnty is not a lone ranger religion
VI. Faith is simple
A. Why does faith seem so complicated?
i. Peter walking on water.
1. Imagine that the storm was in his head and not outside…
2. There is a lot of junk in our heads – sin, impure thoughts, hot emotions, noise, prejudice, biases, unhealthy, speculations (gossip with oneself), fears, imagination . . . When there is a lot of junk in our heads, we cannot hear properly.
3. We have as much to learn as to unlearn.

{Maybe I could end with this story – Going for walks on the campus late in the night.}

Excerpt from

In 1934, when Adolf Hitler summoned German church leaders to his Berlin office to berate them for insufficiently supporting his programs, he was surprised when Pastor Martin Niemoller stood up to him. That evening his Gestapo raided Niemoller’s rectory, and a few days later a bomb exploded in his church. He was later arrested and placed in solitary confinement. Dr. Niemoller’s trial began on February 7, 1938. That morning, a green-uniformed guard escorted the minister from his prison cell and through a series of underground passages toward the courtroom. Niemoller was overcome with terror and loneliness. What would become of him? Of his family? His church? The guard’s face was impassive, but as they exited a tunnel to ascend a final flight of stairs, Niemoller heard a whisper. At first he didn’t know where it came from, for the voice was soft as a sigh. Then he realized that the officer was breathing into his ear the words of Proverbs 18:10:

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower
The righteous run to it and are safe.”

Niemoller’s fear fell away, and the power of that verse sustained him through his trial and his years in Nazi concentration camps.