Hebrews 11:6 (889)


          A.  We must believe that God is and that He rewards those who seek or obey Him.
          B.  A simple definition of faith is belief.
          C.  Faith can range from little to great.  Matthew 14:31b (715); Matthew 8:26 (709)
                Matthew 8:10
          D.  Let’s consider four ways in which we can strengthen our faith.

      I.  By reading and studying God’s word with the intention of doing what God
           instructs.  Romans 10:17 (836)

          A.  We should have the will to receive and obey God’s instructions.  Illustration:

          B.  This practice will lead to an obedient faith.  Questions:

          C.  We should follow the example of Jesus in obedience.  John 6:38 (784)

          D.  Our concern should be to obey God’s will.  Matthew 7:21-29 (708)

    II.  By trusting in God’s promises.

          A.  Three passages:

                1.  Acts 2:36-39 (802)
                2.  1 John 1:7,9 (899)
                3.  1 John 2:24-25 (900)

   III.  By being assured that God will keep the commitment we have made to Him.  1 Timothy
          1:12 (879)

          A.  The apostle Paul had assurance knowing that death was imminent.

          B.  We should be certain that God will keep the commitment we have made to Him.
                1 Peter 1:3-5 (894)

   IV.  By believing that all we do in faithful service for God will be rewarded.  1 Timothy
          5:24-25 (878); Matthew 10:41-42 (711); Revelation 14:13 (913)

          A.  Our faith is developmental.
          B.  Review
          C.  Let’s starts where we are and strengthen our faith.