Pastor Steve Williams : We’ve Come this Far by Faith

Forward in Faith · 46:38 · Recorded July 28, 2019

We’ve Come This Far By Faith

Romans 1:16-17 (NLT) “I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. 
This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, ‘It is through faith that a righteous person has life’.”

2 Corinthians 5:7 (CSB) For we walk by faith, not by sight. (NCV) We live by what we believe, not by what we can see.

Doing the walk

1. Stand with CONVICTION on God’s purposes for you.

Isaiah 7:9 (NIV) “If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.”

Live a purpose-driven life!

Ephesians 5:15-17 (Phi) Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life but as those who do. Make the best use of your time, despite all the difficulties of these days. Don’t be vague but firmly grasp what you know to be the will of God.

2. Move with CONFIDENCE into the future he’s calling you to.

2 Thessalonians 1:11 (NIV) We constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.

3. Take up COURAGE to navigate the tests awaiting you.

James 1:2-4 (Phi) When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realize that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance. But let the process go on until that endurance is fully developed, and you will find you have become men of mature character with the right sort of independence.

James 1:12 (NIV 1st Ed.) Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because once he has stood the test, he will receive the victor’s crown – the life God has promised to those who love him.

Psalm 57:2-3 (NLT) “I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me. He will send help from heaven to rescue me, dis-gracing those who hound me. My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness.”

4. Stick with CONSTANCY to the course laid out before you.

Hebrews 10:36 (GW) You need endurance so that after you have done what God wants you to do, you can receive what he has promised.

5. Enjoy with CONTENTMENT the rewards that come your way.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (NIV) For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Whether here or the hereafter, he’ll make it worth it all!

  • What brought you to NorthPointe Church initially, and what brought you back and caused you to “stick?”

  • What has required the greatest “walk of faith” for you thus far in your life experience?

  • What ideas from this message about how to walk-in-faith did you especially resonate with? Which seemed difficult for you to process or relate to?

  • What have you found discourages or distracts you most often from the walk of faith God has called you to? How does Hebrews 12:1-3 speak to these tendencies?

  • What scriptures from this message did you find most encouraging and worth committing to memory/meditation on? Are there other scriptures you’ve discovered that have encouraged you in your tests of faith?

  • Are you or someone you care for currently in a struggle of faith that your small group could pray for?

  • Elementary parents, this week we looked at Jesus’ words in the Great Commission – Go make disciples. Ask kids who was telling everyone about Jesus in our story. (Paul) Did everyone want to hear the message of the Good News? (No) As Jesus’ followers, the Great Commission is our commission. Our bottom line and our challenge to kids this week is: Be bold and tell others about Jesus.

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