Twenty eight years ago today, Sunday, August 28, 1988, I preached my first sermon as the new pastor of Golden Triangle Church on the Rock. It’s been a great ride … but the greatest days are yet ahead!
My sermon that first Sunday was on the subject of faith. Today, now 28 years later, our text comes once again from:
Hebrews 6:12 Do not become lazy but be followers of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Faith; Patience; & Promises)
· Faith is Trust in the Truth – the foundation upon which every Believer must build their life. (Faith)
· Time is the constant in which God works to develop and implement His timeless plan for all mankind. (Patience)
· Heaven is the fulfillment of every promise that God ever made to mankind. (Promises)
Each person’s eternity is determined by their own faith. Without faith no man will see heaven or the eternal promises of God. Works won’t do it; Money won’t do it; Good looks or Charm won’t do it; Family History or Fame won’t do it; only Faith over Time will unlock the promises of God.
Since Faith is the only key that can unlock the gate of Heaven for anyone, faith is decidedly the most important possession a person can own. Perhaps we should review what Faith is so that you will know for sure if you have Faith or whether you need to get some before you get leave here. Faith is a miracle in Time … only faith will unlock the promises of God.
· Faith is Trust in the Truth
What is truth?
John 14:6 Jesus said … “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Trust in The Truth, not trust in a truth. Jesus, the Living Word of God, is the Truth, the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth. When Jesus was communing with His Heavenly Father He prayed:
John 17:17 “Sanctify them by Your Truth. Your Word is Truth.”
Faith is the life expression of our trust in God. Living the expression of our trust in God means we will demonstrate a firm:
1. Trust in God’s Word.
2. Trust in God’s Will.
3. Trust in God’s Way.
Faith over Time equals Heaven. Do you trust in the Truth? If you are not trusting Jesus with your life and goods right now, you may not trust Him.
Faith is the only key that can unlock the heaven’s promises. How then can you get more faith? There are 4 Ways to Faith:
1. The Measure of Faith
Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
2. The Word of God
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
3. Faith is a Fruit
Galatians 5: 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith …
4. The Manifestation of God
The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom … To another faith by the same Spirit … (1 Corinthians 12:7-9)