Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Life Shape Prayer & Discipleship Module One Block Eight – Faith


Each Life Shape lesson is strategically designed to add and secure one more critical component of truth to the Believer’s life. This step by step approach to discipleship will expose and explain the essential doctrines of the Bible in a logical format. Thus far we have learned:
·        There is only One God - Jehovah
·        He created the heavens and the earth
·        This One God made man like Him, 3 parts – one person
·        Every man, woman, boy and girl is a living soul born to exist forever
·        God prepared a wonderful place for man to enjoy
·        Sin separated man from everything God intended
·        The blood of bulls and goats could only afford temporary forgiveness
·        Eternal forgiveness required a perfect sacrifice – God’s only Son
·        Jesus willingly gave His life as a ransom for sin – He died on Calvary
·        God gave more than He had to because He wanted to – that’s grace
·        In death Jesus destroyed him who had the power over death – satan
·        After 3 days Jesus rose victorious over death, hell and the grave
·        Now the all sufficient grace of God is available to every man
Tonight we take the next step in this discipleship process and discover how to access the storehouse of God’s grace.
Have you ever considered the storehouses of God? The place where He keeps His gold, jewels, blessings, miracles, kindness, forgiveness, peace, patience, love, joy, righteousness and all manner of goodness and provision? Imagine the storehouses of the Sovereign Creator of the Universe … the place which also holds the inheritance of His only begotten Son in whom He is well pleased. Think about the abundant and perpetual supply.
Now imagine how that God, because He is good and so loves the world, reaches into these storehouses and daily blesses the earth and many individuals who never realize where their blessings are coming from. It is even from these storehouses that God gives food to the birds, from where He clothes the lilies and supplies bread to the eater and seed to the sower.  
What if God was willing to give you access to His storehouses! This is the place where forgiveness of sins, salvation and eternal life are kept.
Good news … in fact that is exactly what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is – Good News! Why is it called “Good News” – because God is willing to grant you access to His storehouses, not because you deserve it, not because you earned it, not because you purchased it – in fact it cannot be purchased with money or works of any kind. God is willing to give you access because He is good and He loves you that much … again it’s called GRACE!!!
How do you access this grace? There is only one door and it requires an access code.

Key Scripture:
Romans 5
1  Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
2  through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Jesus, the Messiah, is the door. Faith is the access code. We gain access to God’s grace through Jesus by faith.

Important Points:
1.   Faith is the level of our trust in the truth.
a.   Minus either element, trust or truth, we cannot have faith
b.   Faith is a productive partnership between us and God
c.   The Bible speaks of levels:  great, little, and no faith
d.   Our trust in the truth says God’s Word is good enough
2.   Without faith we cannot please God. (Hebrews 11:6)
3.   Faith grows when we listen to God’s Word. (Romans 10:17)
4.   Faith is also grown as a fruit of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22)
5.   Faith is our substance and evidence until we see our hope.
a.   Hebrews 11:1
6.   Faith accesses what grace provides.

Supporting Scriptures:
·        Hebrews 11:1 & 6               Luke 7:9
·        Romans 10:17                    Mark 4:40
·        Galatians 5:22                    2 Thessalonians 1:3
·        Matthew 6:30