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What type of faith do you have?

How many household conversations begin, “Where is my?” Women leave purses in restaurants, men leave their wallets in the other pants pocket, and kids are apt to leave just about anything anywhere. How many vacations begin with the family wondering where some vital item is, fearing that it is sitting at home and not packed in the suitcases?

The disciples had just heard Jesus deliver some powerful lessons (Luke 8:10-21) and now they were heading across the lake from Galilee to the country of the Gerasenes. En route, while Jesus slept, a fierce windstorm descends and rocks their little boat. In a panic, they awaken Jesus, pleading, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” (Luke 8:24). Jesus calms the storm and subsequently their fears, but He admonishes them, “Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:26).That is a fair question. They had just heard the Master teacher doing His usual, masterful job (Luke 7:22-28, 31-36; etc.) and seen Him do some incredible miracles (Luke 7:1-10; 11-15; etc.). Between disembarking and the present distress, where did their faith go?The question Jesus asked His disciples is a fair question for each of us today. “Where is your faith?”

IS IT LOST (Luke 18:1ff)? Jesus positively teaches a parable about this in His story about the widow and the unjust judge. The woman was persistent and the judge, who feared neither God nor man, granted her petition due to her tenacious pursuit. Jesus makes application by asking, “When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). It is possible for any one of us to lose our faith. The parable of the sower and the soils shows that people can lose their faith as a consequence of both good times and bad times (cf. Luke 8:11ff). It is equally tragic to see people lose their faith just a few steps into their spiritual journey, several miles down the road, or especially near the end of the road!

IS IT HIDDEN (Luke 8:16)? Jesus demonstrates how ludicrous a view hidden faith is from heaven’s vantage point by illustrating it this way: “No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed” (Luke 8:16a). His point is that light is not doing its job when it is covered, and our faith is not doing its job when it is covered. There will be many settings throughout life when being a Christian and standing up for the Lord will not be popular, admired, or congratulated. What will we do with our faith in such circumstances?

IS IT MISPLACED (Luke 18:9ff)? Everybody puts their trust in someone or some thing. The Bible says that people trust in their own power and might (Psalm 44:6), their wealth and riches (Psalm 49:6), their national leaders (Psalm 146:3), their own hearts (Proverbs 28:26), their idols (Isaiah 42:17), mankind (Jeremiah 17:5), their own achievements (Jeremiah 48:7), or their physical beauty (Ezekiel 16:15). Many of these attributes can serve us in properly placing our faith in God, but far too many are resting all they are or hope to be on those rather than God. In Luke 18:9, Jesus speaks a parable in warning against those who “trust in themselves.” Despite a culture that preaches the preeminent idea of “believing in yourself,” God makes that subservient to trusting in Him.

IS IT VISIBLE (Luke 7:9)? A centurion whose servant was dying was humble, devoted and perceptive in his approach to Jesus, pleading with Him to heal that dear one for him. Jesus marveled aloud, “I have not found such great faith, even in Israel!” The Centurion did not have to wear a badge or button that said, “I believe in the Lord.” People are watching us every day, our speech, decisions, attitudes, actions, and reactions. While it is nice when someone asks, “Are you a Christian?,” how much better for them not to have to ask?
So, “Where is your faith?” –Neal Pollard

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A sermon on faith versus sight

2 Cor. 5:7
1) Some think “walking by faith” means “walking by blind faith.”
2) The Christian faith is not a blind faith.
3) Today we want to consider three of the ways Christians “walk by faith” and “not by sight.”
a) The Christian belief in God is based on “faith” instead of “sight.”
b) Not one has ever smelled God, touched God, or heard God speak.
4) Rom. 1:20 says God is “clearly seen” through the “things that are made.”
5) God has left behind an abundance of evidence to believe in Him.
a) The evidence from creation does not give us all the facts about the Creator.
b) It does provide us with enough information to say He exists so we need to look for Him.

ALONG WITH GOD CHRISTIANS HAVE SOME FAITH IN SOMEONE CALLED JESUS.

a) Just as with God, not one of us has ever met Jesus.
b) We have never touched Him or heard Him speak.
c) No one has a picture or video of Jesus.
2) While we have no real physical evidence for the Lord, we can be sure of His realness.
a) Thomas Jefferson lived.
b) Socrates, Marc Anthony, Nero, and Alexander the Great are also known to have lived.

3) We use “faith instead of sight” for historical characters because we have sufficient evidence.
a) This is also true for Jesus.
b) Josephus is a well known historian who talked about the Lord.
4) Our evidence for Jesus comes from the hand of many writers.
5) Among those who spoke about Jesus were four men by the name of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John.
a) It is true that these men were followers of Jesus.
b) These men either lied, they told the truth, or they told some truth and some lies.
6) Since these men lived at the same time as Jesus, they were in a position to record the truth.
7) Acts 26:26 – READ
a) Paul boldly said Jesus’ life was not lived in a “corner.”
b) Jesus was one of the most public people of all time.
c) In Jesus’ day the land of Israel was about the size of New Jersey.
d) Imagine someone going around the entire state of New Jersey for 3 ½ years.
8) Jesus left behind a footprint that is so huge no amount of dirt can cover up His tracks.

BECAUSE OF THE EVIDENCE WE HAVE FOR GOD AND JESUS WE BELIEVE IN THEM “BY FAITH” INSTEAD OF “BY SIGHT.”

1) Our next and final area – the Bible – falls into this same category.
2) Why should we have faith in the Bible?
3) The Bible is distinctive in every way.
4) One of the great proofs for the Bible is predictive prophecy.
5) One author listed more than 8,300 predictive verses.
6) If all or most of these predictions were very vague or mainly failures, that would be one thing.

7) Are we walking by faith or sight?
8) We start walking by faith through conversion.
9) We have faith (Heb. 11:6), we repent (Acts 17:30), confess Jesus (Rom. 10:9-10), and are baptized by faith for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16- Mk. 16:16; 1 Pet. 3:20-21).
10) Once we become a Christian we continue to walk by faith versus sight, but this is NOT blind faith.

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