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Moving Forward by Faith
The Conviction
Of
Things Not Seen
Hebrews 11:1-3
Moving Forward by Faith
John 20:25
“Unless I see in his hands the mark
of the nails, and place my finger into
the mark of the nails, and place my
hand into his side, I will never
believe.”
Moving Forward by Faith
John 20:29
Jesus said to him, “Have you
believed because you have seen
me? Blessed are those who have not
seen and yet have believed.”
Moving Forward by Faith
Hebrews 11
1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped
for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by
it the people of old received their
commendation. 3 By faith we understand that
the universe was created by the word of God,
so that what is seen was not made out
of things that are visible.
Moving Forward by Faith
I. Faith reaches beyond
what we can see.
1 Now faith is the assurance of things
hoped for, the conviction of things not
seen.
Moving Forward by Faith
The word hope has a wide
semantic range of meaning.
Moving Forward by Faith
G.K. Chesterton on hope
Hope means hoping when
things are hopeless, or it is
no virtue at all...
Moving Forward by Faith
G.K. Chesterton on hope
As long as matters are
really hopeful, hope is mere
flattery or platitude; it is only
when everything is
hopeless that hope begins
to be a strength.
Moving Forward by Faith
What is the relationship
between hope and faith in
this passage?
•Hebrew parallelism?
•Hope is a desire.
•Faith is an intensifier.
Moving Forward by Faith
II. Faith receives God’s
highest commendation.
2 This is what the ancients were
commended for.
The Greek verb translated commended,
contains the word “martyr” in it.
Moving Forward by Faith
5 ways in
which “Little
Faith” is
evident
William Dyrness
Little Faith is…
1. Seen in undue care
But if God so clothes the grass of the
field, which today is alive and tomorrow is
thrown into the oven, will he not much
more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Matthew 6:30.
2. Seen in fear
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you
so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked
the winds and the waves, and it was
completely calm.
Matthew 8:26
Little Faith is…
3. Seen in doubt
Jesus immediately reached out his hand
and took hold of him, saying to him, “O
you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Matthew14:31
Little Faith is…
4. Seen in wrong thinking
But Jesus, aware of this, said, “O you of
little faith, why are you discussing among
yourselves the fact that you have no
bread?
Matthew 16:8
Little Faith is…
5. Seen in failure
He said to them, “Because of your little
faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have
faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will
say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to
there,’ and it will move, and nothing will
be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20
Little Faith is…
Moving Forward by Faith
Inwardly Fashioned
“I am inwardly fashioned for
faith, not for fear. Fear is not
my native land; faith is. I am
so made that worry and
anxiety are sand in the
machinery of life; faith is the
oil.”
Dr. E. Stanley
Jones
Moving Forward by Faith
I live better by faith and
confidence than by fear, doubt
and anxiety. In anxiety and
worry, my being is gasping for
breath—these are not my native
air. But in faith and confidence, I
breathe freely—these are my
native air.
Dr. E.
Stanley
Jones
Moving Forward by Faith
A John Hopkins University
doctor says, “We do not
know why it is that worriers
die sooner than the non-
worriers, but that is a fact.”
But I, who am simple of
mind, think I know;
Dr. E. Stanley
Jones
Moving Forward by Faith
We are inwardly
constructed in nerve and
tissue, brain cell and soul,
for faith and not for fear.
God made us that way. To
live by worry is to live
against reality.”
Dr. E. Stanley
Jones
Moving Forward by Faith
III. Faith is rooted in God’s
proven ability to make
something out of nothing.
3 By faith we understand that the universe
was formed at God’s command, so that
what is seen was not made out of what was
visible.
Moving Forward by Faith
Paul
Davies
“There is for me powerful
evidence that there is something
going on behind it all....It seems
as though somebody has fine-
tuned nature's numbers to make
the Universe....The impression of
design is overwhelming.”
George
Green-
stein
“As we survey all the evidence, the
thought insistently arises that some
supernatural agency - or, rather, Agency
- must be involved. Is it possible that
suddenly, without intending to, we have
stumbled upon scientific proof of the
existence of a Supreme Being? Was it
God who stepped in and so
providentially crafted the cosmos for
our benefit?”
Fred
Hoyle
A common sense interpretation of the
facts suggests that a super-intellect
has monkeyed with physics, as well as
with chemistry and biology, and that
there are no blind forces worth
speaking about in nature. The numbers
one calculates from the facts seem to
me so overwhelming as to put this
conclusion almost beyond question.
Moving Forward by Faith
Conclusion
“Faith is to believe what we do
not see; and the reward of this
faith is to see what we believe.”
Augustine
The Conviction of Things Not Seen

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The Conviction of Things Not Seen

  • 1.
  • 2. Moving Forward by Faith The Conviction Of Things Not Seen Hebrews 11:1-3
  • 3. Moving Forward by Faith John 20:25 “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”
  • 4. Moving Forward by Faith John 20:29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
  • 5. Moving Forward by Faith Hebrews 11 1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
  • 6. Moving Forward by Faith I. Faith reaches beyond what we can see. 1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
  • 7. Moving Forward by Faith The word hope has a wide semantic range of meaning.
  • 8. Moving Forward by Faith G.K. Chesterton on hope Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all...
  • 9. Moving Forward by Faith G.K. Chesterton on hope As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength.
  • 10. Moving Forward by Faith What is the relationship between hope and faith in this passage? •Hebrew parallelism? •Hope is a desire. •Faith is an intensifier.
  • 11. Moving Forward by Faith II. Faith receives God’s highest commendation. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. The Greek verb translated commended, contains the word “martyr” in it.
  • 12. Moving Forward by Faith 5 ways in which “Little Faith” is evident William Dyrness
  • 13. Little Faith is… 1. Seen in undue care But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Matthew 6:30.
  • 14. 2. Seen in fear He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. Matthew 8:26 Little Faith is…
  • 15. 3. Seen in doubt Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew14:31 Little Faith is…
  • 16. 4. Seen in wrong thinking But Jesus, aware of this, said, “O you of little faith, why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you have no bread? Matthew 16:8 Little Faith is…
  • 17. 5. Seen in failure He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 Little Faith is…
  • 18. Moving Forward by Faith Inwardly Fashioned “I am inwardly fashioned for faith, not for fear. Fear is not my native land; faith is. I am so made that worry and anxiety are sand in the machinery of life; faith is the oil.” Dr. E. Stanley Jones
  • 19. Moving Forward by Faith I live better by faith and confidence than by fear, doubt and anxiety. In anxiety and worry, my being is gasping for breath—these are not my native air. But in faith and confidence, I breathe freely—these are my native air. Dr. E. Stanley Jones
  • 20. Moving Forward by Faith A John Hopkins University doctor says, “We do not know why it is that worriers die sooner than the non- worriers, but that is a fact.” But I, who am simple of mind, think I know; Dr. E. Stanley Jones
  • 21. Moving Forward by Faith We are inwardly constructed in nerve and tissue, brain cell and soul, for faith and not for fear. God made us that way. To live by worry is to live against reality.” Dr. E. Stanley Jones
  • 22. Moving Forward by Faith III. Faith is rooted in God’s proven ability to make something out of nothing. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
  • 23. Moving Forward by Faith Paul Davies “There is for me powerful evidence that there is something going on behind it all....It seems as though somebody has fine- tuned nature's numbers to make the Universe....The impression of design is overwhelming.”
  • 24. George Green- stein “As we survey all the evidence, the thought insistently arises that some supernatural agency - or, rather, Agency - must be involved. Is it possible that suddenly, without intending to, we have stumbled upon scientific proof of the existence of a Supreme Being? Was it God who stepped in and so providentially crafted the cosmos for our benefit?”
  • 25. Fred Hoyle A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature. The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question.
  • 26. Moving Forward by Faith Conclusion “Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.” Augustine

Editor's Notes

  1. The Conviction Of Things Not Seen Hebrews 11:1-3
  2. Hebrews 11 1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
  3. I. Faith reaches beyond what we can see.
  4. The word hope has a wide semantic range of meaning. At one end of the spectrum is the man who is hoping for a cure from a terminal disease. At the other end of the spectrum is the bowler who hopes his next ball is a strike. At the middle of the spectrum is the woman who hopes that it doesn’t rain on the day of her daughter’s wedding.
  5. Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all...
  6. As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength. G.K. Chesterton
  7. What is the relationship between hope and faith in this passage? Hebrew parallelism? This is not purely a parallelism. Hope is a desire. Faith is an intensifier.
  8. II. Faith receives God’s highest commendation.
  9. 5 ways in which “Little Faith” is evident William Dyrness
  10. The opposite is also true. Little faith receives Jesus’ rebuke. Little Faith is… 1. Seen in undue care But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Matthew 6:30.
  11. Little Faith is… 2. Seen in fear He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. Matthew 8:26
  12. Little Faith is… 3. Seen in doubt Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Matthew14:31
  13. Little Faith is… 4. Seen in wrong thinking But Jesus, aware of this, said, “O you of little faith, why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you have no bread? Matthew 16:8
  14. Little Faith is… 5. Seen in failure He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20
  15. Inwardly Fashioned “I am inwardly fashioned for faith, not for fear. Fear is not my native land; faith is. I am so made that worry and anxiety are sand in the machinery of life; faith is the oil.”
  16. I live better by faith and confidence than by fear, doubt and anxiety. In anxiety and worry, my being is gasping for breath—these are not my native air. But in faith and confidence, I breathe freely—these are my native air.
  17. A John Hopkins University doctor says, “We do not know why it is that worriers die sooner than the non-worriers, but that is a fact.” But I, who am simple of mind, think I know;
  18. We are inwardly constructed in nerve and tissue, brain cell and soul, for faith and not for fear. God made us that way. To live by worry is to live against reality.” Dr. E. Stanley Jones
  19. III. Faith is rooted in God’s proven ability to make something out of nothing. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
  20. Conclusion “Faith is to believe what we do not see; and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.” Augustine