Series: “I LOVE MY CHURCH” by Pastor David R. Stokes
Sunday, September 23rd, 2018: ““WE EXPECT GREAT AS WE ATTEMPT GREAT: It’s About Active Faith”
Read: Hebrews 11:1 & II Corinthians 5:7
I was talking to my grandson, Ashton (14), the other day, and I told him that I was exactly his age when I answered the clear call of God to become a preacher. From November 14, 1970, I knew what I’d be doing with my life—it was a God-thing. This past weekend as we marked the 20th anniversary of when Karen and I moved to Fairfax to lead this church, I shared a bit about that night nearly 48 years ago. It was during a revival meeting and the speaker was a great man of God named Howard Sears (see picture of my last meeting with him in 2007, as we both spoke at a special event). Dr. Sears shared a famous quote by William Carey (British Christian Missionary, 1761-1934):
“EXPECT GREAT THINGS FROM GOD; ATTEMPT GREAT THINGS FOR GOD.”
Of course, most of you know that this marvelous maxim was the motivation behind the name we adopted for our church three years ago as we began plans to relocate to our new property and campus (BTW: You can see that latest building update in real time here: https://app.oxblue.com/open/clearrealestate/expectationchurch).
So it should come as no surprise in a series called “I LOVE MY CHURCH,” dealing with our basic values that one of our values is the one I discussed Sunday:
“WE EXPECT GREAT AS WE ATTEMPT GREAT: It’s About Active Faith”
Active faith is VERIFIABLE. In fact, there is no such thing as authentic faith without corresponding action. So saying “active faith” is like saying “wet water.” It should be obvious, but too often it isn’t. Please read James 2:18-26. You’ll see how this works and how important it is.
Active faith is VICTORIOUS. People of faith are winners, even when they lose. When they fail, they fail forward. But our faith is not in winning, it’s in the ultimate winner—Jesus Christ. Through faith in Christ we can overcome anything—even the world itself.
Active faith is VISIONARY. You’ve heard it said, “Seeing is believing”? Well, to the follower of Jesus it’s actually the opposite: “BELIEVING IS SEEING.” The Apostle Paul said it this way: “We walk by FAITH, not by SIGHT.” (II CORINTHIANS 5:7)
You’ve likely heard my definition of SUPERNATURAL BIBLE FAITH often: “FAITH IS CONVICTION, BASED ON REVELATION, THAT LEADS TO ACTION.”
Here’s a great prayer for everyday: “LORD, INCREASE OUR FAITH!” (Luke 17:5)
Has your capacity to believe God for great things in your life grown in the past few years?
Have you ever seen something GREAT come from something not-so-great in your life?
Do you make decisions based on empirical evidence or inspired revelation?
Read Hebrews 11:1-40 a few times this week!