Faith PCA Podcasts

Sermons from Faith Presbyterian Church, San Antonio, Texas

Month: April, 2012

Gospel Centered Community

This Sunday’s sermon in Philippians 1:1-11 is courtesy of guest speaker Michael Novak. Michael is the Campus Minister of Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at Trinity University.

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Trust: From East of Eden to Ararat

Last week, we entered the foyer to the Gallery of Trust and learned Hebrews 11:1-3 does not “define” faith/trust; it tells us how trust functions. If scripture defined trust, our sin natures would strive to mimic what God alone gives as a gift.

Instead of defining faith/trust, scripture gives us a grid to view what trust does until we see Jesus face to face. The grid of vv. 1-3 was this: (1) trust measure the present against the future; (2) trust measures the visible against the invisible. We learned that trust is found at that point where your wishes and demands slam head-on into what God wills for you and his Word promises and commands.

Today, in Hebrews 11:4-7 we will look at the portraits hung in the first room this morning, the Antediluvian (pre-flood) Room, in which Abel, Enoch, and Noah are portrayed. There is a progression in the theme of trust in the three portraits: (1) In Abel we see trust worshiping; (2) in Enoch we see trust walking; and, (3) in Noah we see trust working. We will briefly glimpse Noah this morning and return to him in our next study.

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Entering the Gallery of Trust

Hebrews 11:1-3 is the foyer to the Gallery of Trust that follows in the rest of chapter 11. In these first three verses, we see some statements about the nature of faith/trust; we see something of what trust does: (1) trust measures the present against the future; (2) trust measure the world against God; and, (3) trust measure the visible against the invisible.

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The Resurrection Connection

Colossians 2:13-15 teaches us the Jesus’ death and resurrection provide three benefits for those who are united to Christ by trust in his perfect life, sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection: (1) new life; new freedom; and, (3) new power.

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Keeping Near and Keeping On

Hebrews 10:24-39 teaches us about the fellowship of real believers and that of “make-believers” in the professing church: (1) Believers have available to them the covenant of blessing of Jesus-focused fellowship that spurs one another on to love and good works; and, (2) “make-believers” face the covenant curse for their unbelief that only mimics true fellowship. “Make-believer’s” bad fruit shows the bad root of dis-fellowship with Father/Spirit/Jesus and their subjection to covenant curses.

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