November 20, 2016 – “FAITH THAT LIVES” – Pastor Joe

Last week we talked about hope that lives.  Hope that lives is rooted firmly in God’s word, His unfailing love, and in Christ Jesus.  This week we are going to talk about faith that lives.

In Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth, he makes an undeniably clear statement about the longevity of faith, hope, and love.

“Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13

The New Living Translation (NLT) of the Bible translates Paul’s letter my saying that these three things will last forever.  The New King James Version of this same verse says that they (faith, hope, & love) now abide.  Which means that they exist or live now.  Together, we understand that faith, hope, and love exist today and will last forever as spiritual truths.  Not in a humanistic form but as spiritual conditions of our heart and actions required of Christian believers.

In Hebrews 10:23, we are told, “Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” Holding tightly to our hope is faith.  Faith and hope are intertwined so that they rely on each other for us to see the manifested promises of God in our lives.  It is the job of faith to bring life to what you hope for.

“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” – Hebrews 11:1

In this verse we see that faith is confidence.  It is the demonstration of my trust in God.  Faith is also my assurance in the promise even though I cannot see it.  Faith is what holds on tightly, without wavering, to my hope until God brings that hope into my life.  You can look at it this way: My faith becomes the reality of what I hope for until I see it.

Let’s take a deeper look at our faith that lives as we get into today’s message.