“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.”
The book of Hebrews is traditionally referred to as the “faith chapter”, because it follows many different men and women of faith that God encountered throughout creation. What makes these men and women remarkable is that they're normal people who simply said “YES” to God.
This message translates to the theme that we want to ingrain in the DNA of Convo Church, and that is FORWARD FAITH. Which, when you think about it, is really the only type of faith. There is no backwards faith or sidestepping faith. But, in order to see the bigger picture and visualize what God is trying to accomplish in our lives, it is easier to describe our relationship with faith as moving forward.
There are a lot of misconceptions about faith and even malpractices of faith. If we are going to be men and women of God, it is important for us to know what faith is and how it operates. Often, we think that faith is something we can have and that it is faith that pulls us forward, but that is a common misconception. Faith does not pull us forward.
We can say we believe in God - but belief and faith are not always synonymous.
Believing in God is not expecting that things will always go right in your life and that you will never experience hardships or want for more.
Faith is putting your complete trust in what and who you believe in. That means you don’t know what the outcome is going to be – but regardless, you have trust in the situation.
“You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish!
Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?”
It’s not enough for us to say we believe in something. We need to demonstrate our belief by what we put our faith in. Faith is determined not by the things that we say, but by the things that we do, even when we haven’t seen our desired outcome play out in our lives. Faith is even harder to hold onto when life is throwing you a curve ball. But that is God trying to challenge you, he is challenging you to be a follower of faith – a forward follower.
Faith is what propels you forward into things you cannot see, and you knowing in full confidence that God is already there. Faith gives you the ability to walk through life with confidence about things that are about to happen in your life, without the fear of what could happen. Faith is the action that puts wind in the sails of what you believe. Faith isn’t hoping that god comes through, it’s knowing that he’s already there, waiting for me to take the next step.
Below are some easy ways you can demonstrate your faith in God:
· I have faith so I pray
· I have faith so I give
· I have faith so share my testimony
· I have faith so I invite my neighbors to church
· I have faith so I trust God over everything
An important lesson to take away from this message is that when we get too sentimental about the things that have happened, it can distract us from the significance of what is ahead of us. When things are going good, we can be blinded to the great things that lay ahead. It doesn't mean that we don't celebrate what God has done, but we don't stay there. We didn't come here just to get comfortable - and that’s forward faith.
God is taking you somewhere. God is taking us somewhere. God is taking Convo Church somewhere.
I hope this message has inspired you, encouraged you, and helped to build your faith.
At Convo Church, our mission is to lead people in becoming passionate followers of Jesus Christ bringing God’s love and grace into everyday conversations, influencing every sphere of life.