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FBC E-Blast - April 9, 2018
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April 9, 2018

Acquiring Great Faith - Hebrews 11

I’ve had people tell me, “I wish that I had great faith.” While most of us would like God to just drop that kind of confidence into our laps, it’s not the way He operates. Faith increases as a result of our obedience in little things. We all marvel at Abraham’s willingness to offer up Isaac at the Lord’s command. But have you ever stopped to consider all of his smaller steps of submission that prepared the way for this enormous test?


Throughout his lifetime, Abraham obeyed God. At the Lord’s command, he left his country (Genesis 12:1-4), was circumcised (17:10, 26), conceived Isaac in his old age (21:1-3), and sent his son Ishmael away (21:9-14). By the time he was asked to offer Isaac as a sacrifice, he already knew that his God would always be faithful to His promises. His previous experiences had taught Him to trust the Lord.


In the same way, each small step of obedience solidifies our confidence in God. Then, when He challenges us with a more difficult assignment, a firm foundation of assurance enables us to trust and obey Him. Great acts of faith flow from our past interactions with the Lord. By neglecting His simple commands, we miss priceless opportunities to witness His faithfulness.


Having trouble trusting God for something big? Maybe it’s because you’ve ignored those “small” and “insignificant” promptings of the Holy Spirit. The Lord considers each of His commands important and promises to reward every act of obedience, regardless of size. Great faith begins with little steps.



Upcoming Sermon Series
      Temptation is the seductive little voice that twists what you want into what you need. It distorts your thoughts until you're trapped - and when you're trapped by temptation, it's not the time to listen to yourself. Learn to put your trust in someone who knows A Way Out. God always gives us a way out. We won’t try to manage temptation, but eliminate it. We will attack temptation from a positive perspective by focusing on living by the Spirit.


Last Week:
      This message set the foundation for the series. We see from I Corinthians 10, that there is no temptation too great that we don't have a way out. God is faithful! He will not allow us to be tempted more than we can handle. Praise God for that!
      Sunday's message is available for streaming or for download on our
sermons page, or by visiting us on iTunes.


Next Week:
      We will be covering how we are to be fighting temptation.




Upcoming Events


April 18 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7 PM


April 29 - Lord's Supper & Deacon's Fund Offering following the AM Worship Service.


May 6 - Carry-in Fellowship Dinner after AM Worship Service


May 12 - Trustee Meeting at 8 AM.
                Ladies' Luncheon at the Church at noon.


May 13 - Deacon's Meeting at 8 AM




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