But I still could not figure out why the Lord approved of Peter’s faith, and didn’t know how I should pursue to receive the Lord’s approval of my faith. Others have faith in their abilities, skills, connections, friends, family and themselves. Just like our belief in God, when we’ve enjoyed abundant mercy, love and grace from God, we have profuse “faith” and resolve to fulfill God and repay His love. Use these sermons on … And they believe Jesus will be the Judge! The message on Scripture was a head message—didactic. But notice that faith is "reality". May be you need to hear that God's promises are for you. But how does that mean, what worked for Peter will work for me? We asked folks for questions about barriers to taking the Bible as authoritative, and there were so many good ones I had to rewrite the sermon on Thursday. This is how corrupt people’s flesh is; they can only receive benefits if they experience trials” (Practice 8). The message of the prophets can be summarized as, "Hang on. As the church grew, the constrictions of the government increased. His faith was valuable, revealing, and full of love. The insecurities of other types of faith will be contrasted by the consistency a faith in Jesus provides. Such hardship is a blessing, can only benefit and does no harm to us. This is the faith that I speak of. What have you put your faith in? If I can’t, I will be Satan’s laughingstock, and I won’t gain God’s approval. ); and/or joining the Poor Peoples’ […] “And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried” (Zechariah 13:9). Please read and agree to our privacy policy below to start chatting with us. And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” I read these verses repeatedly and pondered them carefully: Did the Lord Jesus approve of Peter because, of His disciples, only Peter recognized He was the Christ? The angels have seen Lucifer kicked out of heaven, the resurrection of Christ, the dead raised, the Red Sea parted, and demons exorcized. Where do we find a faith strong enough to make it through the storms of life? SHORT SERMON 27. Only the kingdom of God has remained constant in the past two thousand years. Note: All elements are open to adjustment. Gold can perish, but our faith will endure. Meanwhile, we can also recognize the corrupt essence and the truth of our disobedient and God-resisting nature. In the beginning of the first century church, the government remained unconcerned about this new religious sect. From this I see that no matter what great sufferings and tribulations Job encountered, even in the face of death, he could retain his integrity by faith and didn’t rebel against or resist God. Thanks! Exodus 16:1-21 Psalm 78:1-8 Matthew 20:17-34 We come to chapter 11 and verse 4 in our study. A faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of God's only Son is far more valuable than gold. The goldsmith knew that he has pure gold when he can see his reflection in the metal. Therefore, even though God took away everything from him, he never lost his faith in God because of losses in his own interests, and instead he said, “Jehovah gave, and Jehovah has taken away; blessed be the name of Jehovah” (Job 1:21). Pull out your years books. Free Short Sermon From Romans 12:1-2 1. He would then come back and repeat the process over and over. John Piper Feb 27, 2000 10 Shares Sermon. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Fang Liang: Okay. You can opt out if you wish. As we grow in Christ, we learn more about Him and His love. But I couldn’t understand why the Lord commended Peter since he had denied knowing the Lord three times before His crucifixion. Short-Lived Faith A Sermon Delivered to The Compassion Internet Church 20 September 2020 Frank L. Hoffman, Pastor Scripture References. If you'd like to know more about our ministry please visit us at http://transformchurch.us. If brothers or sisters have any understanding of it, please fellowship with me. From the Book of Job we can know that when Job underwent God’s trial, he was already seventy years old. They also believe in the existence of a place of condemnation - cf. Only by experiencing trials and refinements can our sins be cleansed. Doesn't that sound like a message for people at the end of their rope, for people who don't know where to turn? Afterward, Job was covered with sores. God sees into the depths of mankind’s hearts and He arranges trials and refinements in order to purify our improper motivations and desires. Sermon Focus: Listeners will be challenged to place their faith in Jesus. No matter what God does, you must submit to His design, and be more willing to curse your own flesh than to complain against Him. Are you preaching on faith? Only this can be called true love and faith.” From these words, we see that true faith is the belief that we should possess when God’s work is not in accordance with our notions. It’s really arranged by God. The Death of Moses: G. Short, B. A goldsmith would melt the metal down until it became a liquid. Find answers to some of the more asked questions. 2. That is the only way that we know our faith is imperishable. Zheng Xun: Fang Liang, I have another question: As Job had never seen God, and at that age there was no assembly to attend and no scriptures to read, then how did he confirm God’s real existence, see God’s power and know God’s domination over all things? An ever-growing library of practical tools for sermon prep, including sermons and media. People are in need of faith during times of hardship and refinement, and along with faith comes refinement. Our faith is not built upon philosophy, intellect, or creative speculations. What is faith? Peter talks about how we love Christ even though we have not seen Him. Moths could destroy the suits in a short time, but she tries to make them imperishable. Meanwhile, we will feel that we are unable to overcome the many problems we encounter if we go away from God. The following are a small sampling of short Kenneth E. Hagin sermons. So he could stand witness to God in trials. When God hides Himself from you, you must be able to have the faith to follow Him, to maintain your previous love without allowing it to falter or disappear. During his experiences, he did not merely come to know himself, but also focused on observing the actions of Jesus, from which he discovered many new things; namely, that there were many expressions of the practical God in the work that God did through Jesus, and that Jesus’ words, actions, the ways He shepherded the churches and the work He carried out differed from any ordinary man. Word of Faith Messages & Bible Studies, Audio Sermons & Sermon Outlines; About Ken Birks . Printable Sermons. Our Commitment (12:1b) Almost as if Peter anticipated your question, he writes about the faith of others. Poster: Zheng Xun Fang Liang: Thank God! Look at verse one, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, that you present your bodies a living... 2. 2For by it the elders obtained a good report. Our faith must be anchored in the timeless nature of Christ, but I can hear the question. When no impurities came to the surface or when he could see his reflection in the melted gold. The atheist has faith that his rational reasoning has removed the possibility of God. What should we learn from Thomas the apostle? Everyone has faith. Our jewelry is made of gold and we trade with it. Just as the goldsmith knew he had pure gold, when he looked into the metal and could see his reflection, Jesus desires His reflection in our lives. But Christ has no sin, and our faith is in the power of God. Want to get in touch? Quite literally, your life begins to reflect the image of Christ. 1. All of those were not obtained by his own hard work and effort. These powerful sermon topics are designed to inform, challenge and edify. That anchor is our faith. There is an admonition in the Proverbs: “The prosperity of fools shall destroy them” (Proverbs 1:32). He has been a born again Christian for over 40 years. Look at the hair styles the clothes you wore, and the tone of the culture. Faith is the genuine belief and the sincere heart that humans should possess when they cannot see or touch something, when God’s work is not in line with human notions, when it is beyond human reach. It’s just as what God says: “When people’s lives are easy, and there is no suffering in their environment, they are incapable of experiencing. When his wife advised him to curse God, he said, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. If it did all of us would be brainless, for I doubt that you have seen your own brain. And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Whenever I read these two verses, I would think: Why did the Lord Jesus give Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven? 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