Sermons on Faith

Sermons on Faith

Surrender – Abraham’s Gradual Surrender to God

All four gospels include repeated references to Jesus’ teaching that people should lose their lives for his sake (cf. Matthew 10:38-39; 16:24-25; Mark 8:34-35; Luke 9:23-27; 14:25-27; 17:33; John 12:25). Jesus did not possess a limited set of teachings that he refined by repeating to various audiences. Instead, knowing “what was in man” (John 2:23-25) and having “all the treasures of knowledge and wisdom” (Colossians 2:3), Jesus offered the teachings his audiences needed to hear. His repeating emphasis on selfless…


Scripture: Nehemiah 6:1-9 Rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem was a task opposed by an incredible series of internal and external obstacles. A foreign king had to authorize and finance this seemingly rebellious project. Local enemies had to be confronted with courage and clear thinking. Israelites had to take on a task that was monumental in the best of circumstances, and good circumstances were conspicuously lacking. Nehemiah had to be a leader of great integrity who would not be diverted from his goal. Miracles would not be available to facilitate the project.

Three Good Reasons

Scripture: John 1:1-5 John wrote his Gospel to produce faith in Jesus as God’s Son. He begins by offering 3 good reasons to believe in Jesus: He is the Word; He made all things; He gives light to live by.

A Long Walk Home

A Long Walk Home Scripture: John 4:46-54 We are saved by grace, but that does not remove the need for faithful action on our part. Jesus gives rest, but he gives it to those who “come to him.” Jesus healed a boy without even seeing him, but the father had first “come to Jesus,” and then made a long walk home without knowing for sure if what Jesus promised would happen. Only when he arrived home did he know for sure that the promise was fulfilled.