November 6, 2022 Pastor Prep Notes
Celebrating the Faith of Jesus in Us!
The Faith of Jesus in us is bigger than life
A Verse to Remember:
He kept on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible. Hebrews 11:27b.
Gospel Story: Luke 7:1-10
11 Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. 2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.4 It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.5 It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.”[a] For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. 6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.7 It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.8 It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. 9 And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. 10 Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.11 It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed[b] that God would keep his promise. 12 And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.
We often quote the Scripture “Christ in you the hope of Glory” (Col 1:27). Using Hebrews 11 as our guide, this month i’d like to put a twist on the the truth that comes from putting our “faith in Jesus”. Here is what I’d like to suggest:
To put our faith in Jesus it to put the faith of Jesus in us!!!!
Read the story above from Luke 7. Jesus proclaims, “I haven’t seen faith like this in all of Israel”. The Roman officer didn’t even need Jesus present to manifest what he hoped Jesus could accomplish for him. His friends provide Jesus with knowledge of the centruian’s “faith”, the evidence of things hoped for. And when they arrive home the man in need is healed. Faith in Jesus activated the faith of Jesus in the situation. The centurion, “kept his eyes on the one who was invisible”.. the Word , the authority of God, the eternal One, made flesh….You can’t see that without faith —it’s invisible to the natural eye. But to “see” it “by bfaith” reveals the faith of Jesus moving our lives—the man’s servant was healed!
“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for, it is the evidence of things we cannot see” (Heb 11:1) - our faith in Jesus brings the faith of Jesus into our lives. His faith is eternal, it’s bigger than life itself. It lives and works in us when we put our faith in Him! Amazing.