Fashioning our Faith
Jesus appointed cultural moulders at the spearhead of His movement. He gave them the title of Apostle. As apostles their job were to teach and disciple the nations in the culture of Heaven. Jesus worked with His disciples by exposing them to this other realm.
Ultimately though He was after their minds. He knew that our beliefs are the most powerful force in the universe.
Our Beliefs Result in Salvation:
John 5:24 “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.
John 20:31 But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
Acts 16:31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”
Our Beliefs Access the Age to Come:
Mark 11:23: “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.
To Jairus, Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”
Our Beliefs Please God:
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Our Beliefs Cause us to Change the World
7It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.
8 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. 9 And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. 10 Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.
Most of all Jesus was after His disciples core beliefs. Our core beliefs are something the Bible calls “faith”.
Whilst the transformed mind is helpful in seeing the Kingdom, Jesus told us that it is through faith that we access the Kingdom of God this side of the Second Coming.
Until our actions line up with our core beliefs we have up to this point High beliefs. Many people think they have core beliefs but their actions betray what they really believe. Ideally our core beliefs need to be Kingdom beliefs. In New Life Centre our core beliefs as a community are:
- God is Good
- Nothing is impossible
- Jesus’ blood has paid of everything
- I am significant
- The Kingdom has come near
Faith is in the heart not the head. Our faith belief systems have processed at a deeper level than simply our head thoughts.
If Jesus could direct and harness a persons faith then they would be propelled to take the Kingdom further. Passion take you places you head would never go.
There is a trigger point in someones life when our High Values click into place and we start living out our core values. One of the greatest stories of this in the Bible is the story of Jonathan and his Armor Bearer.
1 Samuel 14
14 One day Jonathan said to his armor bearer, “Come on, let’s go over to where the Philistines have their outpost.” But Jonathan did not tell his father what he was doing.
2 Meanwhile, Saul and his 600 men were camped on the outskirts of Gibeah, around the pomegranate tree[a] at Migron. 3 Among Saul’s men was Ahijah the priest, who was wearing the ephod, the priestly vest. Ahijah was the son of Ichabod’s brother Ahitub, son of Phinehas, son of Eli, the priest of the Lord who had served at Shiloh.
No one realized that Jonathan had left the Israelite camp. 4 To reach the Philistine outpost, Jonathan had to go down between two rocky cliffs that were called Bozez and Seneh. 5 The cliff on the north was in front of Micmash, and the one on the south was in front of Geba. 6 “Let’s go across to the outpost of those pagans,” Jonathan said to his armor bearer. “Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!”
7 “Do what you think is best,” the armor bearer replied. “I’m with you completely, whatever you decide.”
8 “All right, then,” Jonathan told him. “We will cross over and let them see us. 9 If they say to us, ‘Stay where you are or we’ll kill you,’ then we will stop and not go up to them. 10 But if they say, ‘Come on up and fight,’ then we will go up. That will be the Lord’s sign that he will help us defeat them.”
11 When the Philistines saw them coming, they shouted, “Look! The Hebrews are crawling out of their holes!” 12 Then the men from the outpost shouted to Jonathan, “Come on up here, and we’ll teach you a lesson!”
13 So they climbed up using both hands and feet, and the Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor bearer killed those who came behind them. 14 They killed some twenty men in all, and their bodies were scattered over about half an acre.[b]
15 Suddenly, panic broke out in the Philistine army, both in the camp and in the field, including even the outposts and raiding parties. And just then an earthquake struck, and everyone was terrified.
Other Sermons In This Series
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