A Faith That Changes the World

Preached by Andrew Smellie, August 19, 2007

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World-changing faith comes from humility and is a gift from God!
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We are either walking by faith or walking in fear. Hebrews 11:6 says we must believe God exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek Him! Will you amaze God by your Humble Faith (see the Roman Centurion who felt he didn’t deserve to have Jesus do anything for him in Luke 7), Obedient Faith and Courageous Faith?! Let’s not put more faith and trust in what we believe can’t happen than in what God can make happen in our lives!! What will you do this week because of your faith in God?
“A Faith that Changes the World”
Preached by Andrew Smellie
Sunday, August 19, 2007

Hebrews 11:6
• If we are not humble, then God will humble us.
Question: Do you really believe that faith is all that matters and nothing else?
• You are either walking in faith or you are walking in fear.
• Faith changes the world.
Question: Do you have a faith that comes from walking with God?

1. A Faith that Amazes God.
Luke 7:1-10
Question: Do you ever feel that you deserve for God to do things for you?
• The people’s heart was not the centurion’s. The people were prideful.
• The centurion did not think that he deserved anything.
Question: What do you feel like you deserve?
Question: Is the Kingdom of God enough for you?
Question: Is that your heart to worship God on Sunday because you do not deserve it?
Question: Do you have a humble faith that amazes God?
Question: What kind of faith do you have?
• We have been blessed with so many things.
• It is our sinful nature that wants us to be worldly.
• Faith starts with humility.
“We can never have more true faith than we have true humility.” – Andrew Murray
Question: Are you humble enough to ask for the help that you need, to do something great for God?
• It takes humility to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Question: Have you ever felt like you wanted to control your future? (see pride)

Proverbs 16:9
• Wanting control is having faith in yourself.
• You cannot have faith if you want control.
Question: What do you put your faith in?
• We can be more faithful that things won’t work out than we are that they will work out for good. It’s a choice of putting our faith in what we know or in what God knows.
• We can put our faith in so many things but none of them will give us peace.

Romans 5:1-2
• Justified: Just as if I never sinned.
• You got baptized by faith not by fear.
• Jesus intercedes for us daily.
• By the ultimate sacrifice Jesus made for us, we gain access to God!
• Nothing that you do or have done will give you this peace.
Question: Are you really humble about this?
Question: Do you really believe this?
• No God, no peace . . . but . . . know God, know peace.

Romans 4:18-21
• In order to have faith you have got to face the facts.
Question: How can you face the facts if you don’t humble out?
• You are never too old for God to use you.
Question: Do you believe that God has the power to do what He has promised?
Question: Are you fully persuaded that God is as powerful as He is?
• If not, then you are prideful!
• God is God and I am not. Unless you face this fact, then you will never be humble.
Question: How do you think God feels when you feel like He cannot take care of you?
• Think how you would feel if your child ran around totally anxious thinking you wouldn’t do anything to take care of their needs—nothing you said would convince them of this and they were un-consolable.

Question: Is that your heart to do anything, give up everything and go anywhere for God?
• If you are not living a life by faith, then you are a quack Christian. (quack doctors look qualified but don’t really have what it takes, once you get past the surface)
Question: What is your good profession?
Question: Are you really walking by faith and not by sight?
Question: Is Jesus Lord of your life?
• Spiritual amnesia: you forget why you do what you do as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
• Build up your prayer life.
• Take time and pray. Spend time with your God. Walk with your God. (Isaiah 56:7)
• Pray for wisdom, seek advice.

2. An Obedient Faith in Slavery to Righteousness.
• Obedience comes from faith.

Romans 1:5
• If you are faithful, then you will be obedient.
• You repent and are baptized because of the obedience that comes from your faith.
• If you do something because it is an obligation or out of duty, then it will not last.
• A long-lasting heart of obedience will not come from obligation and duty.
Question: How do you think God feels when you do things out of obligation and duty?
• People are disobedient because of their slavery to sin.
• We were in slavery to sin, when we were in the world-did you go back?
• Satan wants that sinful nature to creep up back in.
• They can be in slavery to greed, pride, lust, luxury, anger, apathy and indifference.
• We can become slaves to guilt. (Psalm 42:5-11)
• As a disciple of Jesus Christ, you are free, the world is not.
Question: What are the enslaving things that can stop you from having an obedient faith?

Romans 6:16-18
• If you obey something, then you are a slave to it.
• You have to be taught in that discipling relationship to have an obedient faith. (form of teaching)
• Wholehearted obedience comes from righteousness.
• We have got to be wholehearted in our relationship with God.
• We need to obey even when we lack faith.
• It is not only when we feel good about it.
• You get started and God will do the rest.
“I will give my best and God will take care of the rest.”
• Delayed obedience is disobedience.

Question: How often do you resolve conflict in the moment?
• Everybody has faith but they just do not either realize it or know it.
Question: Is your faith rooted in righteousness or is it rooted in sin?
• You can have faith in sin: that is the way that it can be even in the church.
• Challenge: Deal with conflict. Let us just talk.
• Love like there are no issues but deal with the issues.
• Be honest. Be open. Just deal with the sin.

3. A Courageous Faith that Changes the World.
• It takes courage to preach the Word of God boldly despite the possibility of persecution.
• We are a part of something that takes courage.
• As disciples of Jesus Christ, we have the same conviction, the same life and the same doctrine.
1 Timothy 4:16

Philippians 1:9-11
• Discern what is best. We are all sinners. We want to be unified to the same standard.
• We want to be totally committed to evangelize the world in our generation.
• People even in the religious world of Christendom sadly are not even thinking about doing this—some are falsely teaching this can’t be done!
Question: How courageous are you to share your faith and win souls for God?
Question: Where does your faith end and your sight begin?

Acts 11:19-24
• Interestingly, the disciples here were only telling the good news to the Jews.
• But some brothers from Cyprus and Cyrene realized Jesus wanted the whole world to respond to the gospel and began to preach to the Greeks—the gentiles!
• This is the heart of what we are trying to do in our movement.
• We want to unite around Jesus’ vision to evangelize the whole world.
• We are not going to lower the standard, so we can get united.
• The Syracuse Regional Church signed “the unity proposal” but one must ask himself what they are truly unified in.
• Just because you sign a letter does not mean you are called to repentance.
• Repentance is based on the Word of God being the standard of your everyday life.

Question: What stops your courageous faith?
• Everyone needs to hear the Word of God.
• You have to deal with this sin; otherwise, you will enter into a mode of denial and self-deception.
Question: Are you willing to speak up when others do not?
• You are either part of Jesus’ solution, the landscape (the world) or the problem (Satan’s solution).
Question: Do you care more about what the world thinks than about what God thinks?
Question: Are you willing to face persecution not only from the world, but also from others who claim to be Christians?

Galatians 2:11-20
• People do not face the fact that what they are doing is wrong before God.
Question: Are you willing to have a courageous faith even when it hurts?
Question: Are you going to get into another disciple’s face, speak the truth in love and tell him that what he is doing is wrong?
Question: Do you wait for other people’s approval before you do something?

Final Quote from Theodore Roosevelt:
Speech: “Citizenship in a Republic”
Place: The Sorbonne, Paris on April 23, 1910

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”