Sermon Notes on:

The Quality of Faith 
Expected of a Christian

Motivation


The Parable of the Sower

Matt 13:3-8;19-23; Mark 4:3-8;14-20; Luke 8:5-8;11-15

Seed

Word of God
Path
Trampled

Birds ate
The ways of the world
philosophy of the world
Taken away
(Didn't understand)
Rock
Withered

No Moisture
Religously shallow
Believed but 

fell away after testing
(Not rooted)
Thorns
Chocked
Distracted Christians
Worries, Riches, Lusts
Good

Soil
Yielded

100 X
Spritual Believers
Noble & Good heart
Retained

Produced
through Perseverance

Which kind of a person are you?


How Can You Develop Good Soil?

Humility is the most essential characteristic that a person must have before he can believe with the quality of faith that saves.
Jas 1:21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

Is 66:2b This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.

But this humility is not the same as low self esteem. And neither is it a false humility often practiced in social relationships. [Tax Collector & Pharisee Luke 18:9-14] The Pharisee was concerned about what other people thought of him. He measured himself by other people. Tax Collector was concerned about what God thought of him. If you don't care what other people think of you, that will help you alot to live the Christian life.
 

Benefits of Biblical Humility

1. Social Relationships 
2. Courage
3. Frees from Peer Pressure 
4. Objectivity
  • Truth - of the Bible
  • Conviction of sin
  • 1. Social Relationships - Allows you to tolerate abuse & Forgive sin
    2. Courage
    3. Freed from Peer Pressure (Rom 12:2)
    4. Objectivity
    How does God develop humility? Through Humiliation, often by bring the person through difficult or humiliating circumstances.

    The Quality of Faith that God expects is also application oriented

    Jas 2:14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?

    Jas 2:17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.


    The Quality of Faith that Saves
    is Characterize as:

    A Conviction
    Fully Assured, Confident
    Rom 4:20,21; Heb 3:14
    Persevering under Trial
    Jas 1:12; Matt 10:22
    Obeying the Word
    1Jn 2:3-6
    Producing Fruit
  • Hope 
  • Christlike Character
  • Righteous Works 
  • 1Thess 1:3
    1Jn 3:2-3

    Confident

    Persevering

    Producing

    The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources
    Jul 29,2015