PREACHED THE FAITH

Sunday Morning:January 19, 2003

Text: Galatians 1:23"But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed."

BOLDNESS IN PREACHING

2 Corinthians 4:13-14 "We having the same spirit of [the] faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe [present active], and therefore speak; 14. Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you."

PAUL'S GOSPEL

Galatians 1:7-8 "Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."

GOSPEL OF CHRIST

Romans 1:16-17"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith."

RIGHTEOUSNESS BY FAITH

Romans 3:22"Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe [present active (the work of God)]: for there is no difference:"

THE WORK OF GOD

John 6:29"Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe [present active] on him whom he hath sent."

FAITH PLEASES GOD

Hebrews 11:6"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him (proof of living by faith)."

THE WORD OF FAITH

Romans 10:8-17"But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of [the] faith, which we preach;

9. That if thou shalt confess (that continues, verse 10) with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe (that continues, verse 10) in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead (that we may have a living hope, 1 Peter 1:3), thou shalt be saved (the soul, 1 Peter 1:9).

10. For with the heart man believeth [present active] unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession [present active] is made unto [leading to] salvation (of the soul).

11. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

12. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call [present middle] upon him.

13. For whosoever shall call (and not quit) upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

14. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

15. And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

16. But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

17. So then [the] faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

THE WORD OF GOD

Luke 8:10-11"And he said, Unto you it is given to know the (seed) mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. 11. Now the parable is this: The seed (the mysteries of the kingdom of God) is the word of God."

STAND FAST IN THE FAITH

1 Corinthians 16:13"Watch ye, stand fast (stationary, persevere) in the faith, quit you like men (manly), be strong."

SPIRITUAL ARMOR

Ephesians 6:14-17 "Stand [staunch] therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16. Above all, taking the shield of [the] faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:"

STANDING, STRIVING

Philippians 1:27"Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together (jointly) for the faith of the gospel;"

CONTINUE IN THE FAITH

Colossians 1:22-23"In the body of his flesh through death [thanatos, (in the garden not the cross)], to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23. If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;"

 

FIRM IN THE FAITH

Colossians 2:6-7"As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7. Rooted and built up in him, and stablished [firm] in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving."

ESTEEMING THE FAITH

1 Timothy 1:18-19"This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; 19. Holding [esteem, regarding] [the] faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away (that esteem for the faith) concerning faith have made shipwreck:"

DONíT DEPART FROM THE FAITH

1 Timothy 4:1"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;"

ERR FROM THE FAITH

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

GUARDED THE FAITH

2 Timothy 4:7-8"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept [guarded] the faith: 8. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."

FAITH WILL BE TESTED

1 Peter 1:6-9"Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7. That the trial of your [the] faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, (your faith) might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8. Whom having not seen, ye love [present active]; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing [present active], ye rejoice [present active] with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9. Receiving the end of your [the] faith, even the salvation of your souls."

BE SOBER, BE VIGILANT

1 Peter 5:8-11"Be sober [under control), be vigilant [watch]; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9. Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 10. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal [agelasting] glory (in the millennial kingdom) by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered (the testing of your faith) a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 11. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."

EXAMINE YOURSELVES

2 Corinthians 13:5"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you (Abba spirit), except ye be reprobates [disapproved]?"

CONTINUE IN THE FAITH

Acts 14:22"Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God."