"BUILDING BLOCKS OF
preached by David P. Nolte
2 PETER 1:5-11
There are certain things which are composites of other things. Take
water for instance; it is a
composite of hydrogen in two parts combined with oxygen in one part. If
you remove the hydrogen
or the oxygen you no longer have water. Take salt for another example;
it is sodium in combination
with chlorine. If you remove the sodium or the chlorine you don't have
salt anymore. We might
consider fire also; for fire to exist there must be 3 elements: heat,
oxygen, and fuel. If you remove
any one of them, you no longer have fire either! So it is with faith!
Bible faith consists of 3
indispensable elements; remove any one of them and you no longer have
saving, Bible faith! Well, we
know it already; we've heard it a hundred times; but let's make a
hundred and one: faith consists in
- FAITH IS, IN
- Belief, according to Webster, is: "the conviction that
something is true." This is the
"head part." Here is where we grapple with data and come to grips with
make some mental disposition of them: if we believe them, we accept
them as true! We store them in our "this is true" file even if they are
not proven through tactile
experience or empirical demonstration. We believe that of which we have
persuaded or convinced.
- The world associates sight with belief: "Seeing is believing"
they say. Jesus relates
belief with sight: "Believing is seeing" He says.
- "Didn't I tell you that you will see God's glory if you
believe?" John 11:40
- We see in Hebrews
"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for
and certain of what we do not see."
- And 2
Corinthians 5:7 (NIV) tells us that "we live by
faith, not by sight."
- Today I am emphasizing belief centered on God and his work in
- 1 Peter
"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
an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of
the salvation of your souls."
- We believe that Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless
life, died on the
cross, was buried and rose again!
says, "that if you confess with your mouth,
'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from
the dead, you will be saved."
- Jesus said to Thomas in John 20:29 (NIV)
"because you have seen
Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet
- Two boys were out playing. It was getting to be dusk and the
younger said to the
older, "We better go home. See how far the sun has moved! It was over
and now it's behind it!" The older boy said, "The sun didn't really
Dad told us it only looks like it does." The younger said, "I don't
believe that! The
sun did move. I saw it and I believe what I see." The older boy said,
"Well, I believe
Faith is one part belief, and
- FAITH IS, IN
- We might be mentally persuaded of facts, but until we rely on
or put confidence in or
trust what, and whom, we believe, faith is void! This is the "heart
part" where we
lean ourselves and cast ourselves upon the credibility and reliability
of God, His Word
and His Son!
- Note how important trust is:
- Romans 4:5
"however, to the man who does not work but trusts God
Who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness."
"may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of
"anyone who trusts in Him will never be put to shame."
"by faith Abraham, even though he was past age - and
Sarah herself was barren - was enabled to become a father because he
considered Him faithful Who had made the promise."
- Everybody has the capacity to trust and everybody does in fact
- Marketers trust that the food they sell is not contaminated
and the purchasers
who buy that food trust that, too.
- We trust people who make promises to us and people trust us
when we make
- Doctors trust that they know how to diagnose and the patients
who rely on
them for a correct diagnosis hope so, too.
- Other drivers trust that we won't cross center line and we
trust that they
won't cross over either.
- Would that we, like Paul: 2 Timothy 1:12 (NIV)
"I know Whom I have
believed, and am convinced that He is able to guard what I have
Him for that day."
- In 1891 George overheard people talking about the World's Fair.
something wonderful like the Eiffel Tower to be the main attraction.
inspired to submit his idea to the fair organizers. He worked out his
plan and took it
to the fair directors. They only laughed at him! George didn't give up.
people who thought his idea would work and they offered to help pay for
it. He went
back to the fair directors, this time convincing them it could be done.
product towered over the other rides. In July, 110 mph winds struck
Chicago. George was so sure his invention wouldn't fail that he took
his wife and a reporter up
for a ride. They were battered by the storm, but George Ferris had
faith in his
invention and the Ferris Wheel held steady.
Faith is belief and trust and
- FAITH IS, IN PART,
- This is the "will part" where we choose to act in accord with
what we believe and in
whom we trust!
- Notice one who obeyed and some who did not obey:
11:8 (NLT) "It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called
him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his
inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going."
10:21 (NLT) "But regarding Israel, God said, 'All day long I
opened my arms to them, but they kept disobeying me and arguing with
- Listen to the Bible on obedience:
14:23-24 (NIV) "Jesus replied, 'If anyone loves Me, he will obey
teaching. My father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our
home with him. He who does not love Me will not obey My teaching. These
words you hear are not My own; they belong to the Father Who sent Me.'"
2:12 (NIV) "Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always
obeyed - not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence -
continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling."
Thessalonians 1:8 (NIV) "He will punish those who do not know
do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus."
Thessalonians 3:14 (NIV) "If anyone does not obey our
instruction in this
letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him, in order
may feel ashamed."
5:8-9 (NLT) "So even though Jesus was God's Son, He learned
obedience from the things He suffered. In this way, God qualified Him
perfect High Priest, and He became the source of eternal salvation for
those who obey Him."
- King Henry III of Bavaria needed to learn obedience. He grew
tired of court life and
the pressures of being a king. He decided to go into a monastery to
live a quiet and
contemplative life. He went to Prior Richard asking to be accepted.
said Prior Richard, "do you understand that the pledge here is one of
will be hard because you have been a king." "I understand," said Henry.
of my life I will be obedient to you, as Christ leads you." "Then I
will tell you what
to do," said Prior Richard. "Go back to your throne and serve
faithfully in the place
where God has put you." When King Henry died, a statement was written:
learned to rule by being obedient."
Faith is more than academic; faith is more than accepting a few
facts as true; faith is more than
credence. Faith is the response of the whole person to God: mind, heart
and will all in concert:
believing, trusting, obeying. We will never know what faith is if we
never put it to practice. Paul
Harvey said, "You don't believe it if you don't live it!" We all want a
happy, fulfilled, life but seek
it in wrong ways. We all want to have a godly character, but many don't
attain it. There is one way
to real life, one way to godly character: personal: faith in Jesus
Christ. Place your faith in Him - do
it today - make a faith commitment as we sing.
"I believe Dad" from Knight; Ferris from
internet reference sources; King Henry from
Christianglobe.com illustration service
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