Choose Wisely

Hebrews 11
Faith in Focus – week 7
Spiritual faith: a commitment of trust based on solid, though incomplete, evidence that we’re believing in the right things and moving in the best direction. Mark Mittelberg

Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence…Richard Dawkins

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Reasonable faith: _____________ and _______________ based on good logic and evidence, trustworthy revelation, and sometimes substantiated intuition, credentialed authority, and tested tradition.

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Luke 6:46

Our faith is built on a God who has _____________ Himself.
He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Acts 16:30-31
Obstacles to Faith
1. Lack of _________________
2. Lack of openness
It is impossible to use electric light and the wireless and to avail ourselves of modern medical and surgical discoveries, and at the same time to believe in the New Testament world of spirits and miracles. Rudolf Bultmann

3. ____________________doubt/disagreement
My argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line. C.S. Lewis
4. Lack of ____________________
Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” Exodus 33:18
5. Lifestyle issues
I’m looking for loopholes…W.C. Fields
I had motives for not wanting the world to have a meaning…We objected to morality because it interfered with our sexual freedom. Aldous Huxley
6. _______________ hurts
7. Sense of control
As long as you are proud you cannot know God. C.S. Lewis
8. ____________
9. Discomfort
10. Disinterest – ________________
11. _____________
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
12. Oversimplicity

But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. Hebrews 10:39

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…1Peter 3:15

The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Steve Jobs