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Sermon Outline - Four Forms of Faith, John ch.14 vv.1-3

Date04/01/2004
Time11:00
PreacherRev. Maurice Roberts, Inverness
Sermon TitleFour Forms of Faith
TextJohn ch.14 vv.1-3
Sermon ID740

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Introduction

  1. Christ is speaking
  2. He is comforting us before He goes
  3. The way of comfort is the way of faith

RELATE: "Happy new year" = Have faith

  1. FAITH IN GOD

    1. To have faith in God the Father (here)
      OBSERVE: It must be "God the Father" - John 1:1
    2. Four Ways in which we do so:
      1. As Creator: believe Genesis 1
        APPLICATION: Science v. Scientism
      2. As Controlling all things (Providence) "the sparrow - the hairs of our head..."
        APPLICATION: Infinite power + infinite goodness
      3. As Redeemer: the eternal purpose - see Romans 8:28-30
      4. As Judge: who makes no mistakes
        APPLICATION: There is no escaping perfect justice
  2. FAITH IN CHRIST

    1. Low views of Christ breed fear + worry: e.g. A sermon I was shown re. the Transfiguration (Church of Scotland minister)
      APPLICATION: No wonder some churches are full of ignorant worshippers!
    2. Christ is God in our nature: the perfect (i) Friend - John 15:5 (ii) Mediator (iii) Helper
      APPLICATION: The famous "I am's" of John; they show us His Godhead + His love to us.
    3. Christ mediates all our Prayers
      See His own words here: John 14:13-14; chapter 16:23-24
      APPLICATION: Here is the way of Assurance!
  3. FAITH IN THE REALITY OF HEAVEN

    1. Heaven is not a mere Dream (v.2)
      ILLUSTRATION: Some ideas are a mere dream.
      APPLICATION: Purgatory/Limbo/Valhalla...
    2. Heaven is a very happy place
      "No place like home" - "Home, sweet home".
      APPLICATION: Eternally at home with God.
    3. Heaven is big enough for all who trust in Christ. * "JWs 144,000"
    4. Heaven will be ready when we get there: "to prepare a place" (Explain)
      ILLUSTRATION: The story of Dr. Beery - "God my mother in".
  4. FAITH IN THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

    1. "I will come again". There are various "comings" (i) the Resurrection (ii) Pentecost (iii) Revivals of the Church in history (iv) Personal comings, as to Paul at Corinth.
    2. But the reference here is to the Second Coming of Christ at the end of history:
      TEXTS: (i) "As the lightening..." (ii) "This same Jesus..."
    3. How different the 1st + 2nd Comings!
      1. not to save but to judge
      2. to separate "sheep" from "goats"
      3. to take us home to glory
    4. APPLICATION: There will be no people in the end who will have any doubt about who Christ is.
      Q. Do you look forward to His coming?

CONCLUSION

Do you believe these 4 things here?

ILLUSTRATION:

David Dickson: "...good deeds + bad deeds... in a heap...Christ...peace".


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