EXTRACT FROM SUNDAYS SERMON

EXTRACTS FROM SUNDAY’S SERMON

Verse Hebrews 11:6

Title what puts a smile on Gods face

 

 

In Noah’s day the entire world had become morally bankrupt everyone looked for their own pleasure it was as if God didn’t exist!

So the lord was grieved and regretted making man. He considered wiping out the human race. But there was one man who pleased God made him smile scripture says’ Noah was a pleasure to the lord ‘Gen 6:8

We read that Noah consistently followed Gods will and enjoyed a close relationship with him. That’s what God wants from all his people a relationship that trusts in him. Put simply has faith in him and that’s what our scripture verse declares.

Hebrew 11:6

One day the disciples said to Jesus we need more faith; tell us how to get it Jesus relplied,’if your faith were only the size of a mustard seed, it would be large enough to uproot that mulberry tree over there and send it hurling into the sea!’ Your command would bring immediate results!’ In those days people could have indentified with the comparison of a mustard seed, today we might liken faith to a small electric fuse through which comes much power.

The mustard seed Jesus spoke of, of course is also so small yet grows into a tree, a tree with braches outstretched that the birds can perch on(recently we’ve been  finding out how important those trees are in saving our planet)

 

A Christian missionary to China once wrote: ‘Faith is like muscle which grows stronger and stronger with use, rather than rubber which weakens when stretched’ James tells us in his letter we need to put faith into action with otherwise it’s useless. The apostle Paul writes to young Timothy reminding him to fan into flames. The spiritual gift God gave him when Paul laid hands on him “Tim 1:6

 

So our faith starts with God and our relationship with him, He gives us the faith to believe in him (faith is the gift of God)

The preacher Hudson Taylor wrote these words’ not a great faith we need but faith in a great God’

Once when my wife and I were travelling by car we were caught up in a blizzard, it was really bad, visibility was poor many other drivers were driving too fast for the conditions. we prayed turned off the road we had been travelling and praise God there was no blizzard! ,Just gentle rain.

 

In the letter to the Romans we read ‘faith comes from hearing the message and the message is heard through Gods word to us the Bible. Romans 10:17

So how do we get that message?

  1. Through reading the scriptures ourselves.
  2. By coming to church to hear the preaching and teaching
  3. By putting faith into action it is said a church should be like a green house where faith just like a new plant should be watered and encouraged to grow.

Continued.