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Understanding How FAITH Changes Us! The Gospel (Good News) leads us to FAITH - Not only ours, but Gods: Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it . . . It is by faith we understand that the whole world was made by God’s command so what we see was made by something that cannot be seen. Hebrews 11.1, 3 Asking the RIGHT Questions: What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? Romans 3.1 Asking the RIGHT Questions: What if some did not have faith? Will their lack of faith nullify God’s faithfulness? Romans 3.3 Asking the RIGHT Questions: But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? Romans 3.5 Asking the RIGHT Questions: If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner? Romans 3.7 God Uses and Empowers Me JUST AS I AM ___________: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus or good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2.10 Myth # 1 : God only uses me when I’m Good. Myth # 2 : God only uses people who have it all together. God doesn’t ALWAYS call the qualified into His service. But God ALWAYS qualifies those whom He calls! God Faithfulness is Intrinsic to HIS NATURE __________: He is like a rock; what he does is perfect, and he is always fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong, who is right and fair. Deuteronomy 32.4 Myth # 1 : God goodness is contingent upon my actions. Myth # 2 : God helps those you help themselves. God does not operate on the basis of reciprocity. His ability to remain faithful, to be trustful, to be righteous does not depend on us. God Faithfulness is a Gift of HIS GRACE __________: But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God which is with me. 1 Corinthians 15.10 Myth # 1 : It doesn't matter how I live. Myth # 2 : Sin doesn’t really matter. Let us not imagine that baptism (whether as an infants or a believer), or attending church, or a one-time conversion experience, or some overwhelming spiritual high irrevocable marks as members of the ‘New Covenant’ community. With privilege comes responsibility, otherwise Grace is received in vain!
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