What Will Your Faith Do
Audio
Delivered By
Phillip Rainwater
Delivered On
January 6, 2019
Central Passage
Romans 4:1-7
Subject
AM Sermon
Description

JANUARY 6, 2019; A.M. SERVICE

WHAT WILL YOUR FAITH DO?

ROMANS 4:1-7

INTRODUCTION:

A.  Much confusion in today’s world regarding faith; Romans 10:17

      1.  We tend to the extreme: (Lipscomb stated, “Like a pendulum of a clock”)

      2.  “Salvation by works” argument; Galatians 2:16

      3.  “Faith only” argument; James 2:24

B.  True salvation is in understanding the nature of faith and types of works

C.  Our study: “What Will Your Faith Do?”

I.  FAITH IS NECESSARY:

    A.  To please God; Hebrews 11:6

    B.  To obtain justification; Romans 5:1

    C.  For salvation; John 3:16

    D.  To gain the power of God; Romans 1:16

    E.  In living the Christian life; Galatians 2:20

II.  THE NATURE OF FAITH:

      A.  Faith is not a “leap into a religious darkness and emotional subjectivism”

      B.  The nature of faith; Hebrews 11:1

      C.  Faith is belief, a human response; Romans 10:9-10

           1.  A response is called a work; John 6:29

           2.  The human heart (mind) responding to what God has done; Matthew 7:21

     D.  Examples of faith responding to God:

           1.  Noah; Hebrews 11:7

           2.  Abraham; Hebrews 11:8

           3.  Israel at Jericho; Hebrews 11:30; Joshua 6:2-5

III.  GOD NAMES THE WORKS:

       A.   In the New Testament the term “works” is used in three senses:

              1. Works of the Law of Moses; Romans 3:19-20; 4:1-11

              2.  Works of human merit; Titus 3:5; II Timothy 1:9

              3.  Works of obedience; faith in action

                    a.  Human activity as commanded by the Lord; Acts 10:34-35

                    b.  Faith involves human activity; John 9:29

                    c.  Paul’s conclusion emphasizes “the obedience of faith”

   B.  Justification of the Roman brethren illustrated; Romans 5:1; 6:17-18

   C.  Did Paul (Romans 4) and James (James 2) contradict each other?

        1.  Paul “not by works”; James “by works”

        2.  The case of Abraham; Genesis 15:6; James 2:21

        3.  This is the “works of faith” or “faith working”; Galatians 5:6

CONCLUSION:

  A.   God’s grace makes obedience possible; Titus 2:11-12

  B.  We are saved by grace through active faith; Ephesians 2:8-9

   C.  God will judge us on the basis of works, or what we have done; Romans 2:5-11