STARTING POINT WEEK 7

"Don't Stop .....Believing!"

During childhood, you may have been handed a faith framework through which you began to view the world. For a lot of us, that childhood framework didn't survive the rigors of adulthood. It's not enough to say, "The Bible says . . . ," in the face of real-life tragedy. Adults often need a new starting point.

But the starting point for Christian faith isn't, "The Bible says . . . ." It's better than that. It's Jesus.

Everything has a Starting Point



TWO OPTIONS TO DEAL WITH THE GAP:


1) Have BLIND (or underdeveloped) FAITH

2) ABANDON your childhood faith altogether


MAY WE SUGGEST A THIRD OPTION?


3) Create a new, informed, more mature STARTING POINT for your adult faith!


Webster's Definition of faith…


1a: allegiance to duty or a person: loyalty; lost faith in the company's president


 b (1): fidelityto one's promises

    (2): sincerity of intentions; acted in good faith


2a (1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God

    (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion

 b (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof; clinging to the faith that her missing

            son would one day return

  1. : complete trust


3: something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially: a system of religious beliefs;

   the Protestant faith

   —on faith; without question, took everything he said on faith


DO YOU AGREE?


“You can have “faith” without being religious


But, you cannot be religious without having faith. 


  1. You can have “faith” without being religious.


GENERIC FAITH:


“...faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not [yet] seen."

Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV)


  1. “You cannot be religious without having faith."


RELIGIOUS FAITH:

“...without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him." Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)


“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)


WE…


“...live by faith, not by sight.”


2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV)


“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy ,for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:8-9 (NIV)


“You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

John 20:29 (NLT)

“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” “What!” they exclaimed. “It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple, and you can rebuild it in three days?” But when Jesus said “this temple,” he meant his own body.” John 2:19-21


“...Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead. Mathew 16:21



The Christian faith is not based on a SYSTEM, but a SAVIOR. 

It’s not just about what He SAID, but about who He IS and what He DID!


“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him." John 3:16-17 (NLT)


“Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show him to you? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of the work you have seen me do." John 14:9-11 (NLT)


“Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Matthew 16:15-16 (NLT)



“Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?” Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.” John 6:67-69 (NLT)


“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.”

John 11:25


WHY I AM A CHRISTIAN TODAY– THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS!



PETER’S BOLDEST SERMON:


  1. You killed Him
  2. God raised Him
  3. We've seen Him
  4. Now, say you're sorry!


WHO IS JESUS?


“Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. … do you believe this…?” 

John 11:25, 26b (NLT)