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Sermon 1: Do You Trust Me?

For the month of September I’ll be the guest speaker/preacher on Sunday mornings at Cypress Bible Church. The five-week series is titled “A Faith That Can Change the World.” Here’s a brief summary of the first sermon:

Do You Trust Me?

What does it mean to have faith? More specifically, what does it mean to have faith in God?

Hebrews 11 is often referred to as the Hall of Faith. This chapter talks about some of the most faithful men and women to have ever walked the earth. What do their faiths have in common? And what do their faiths have in common with the Apostles and people like you and me? If we believe in one genuine faith, then what is the essence of that faith? What does it mean to have faith in God?

To answer this question we need to go back to the beginning, before the faith of Noah, before the faith of Abel. We need to go all the way back to the garden of Eden and look at the relationship that God established with Adam and Eve.

In the Genesis 2 creation story, God is described as the all-mighty Creator, and in forming a man out of the dust of the ground God is portrayed as the Giver of life. God is also portrayed as the Sustainer of life as He created the garden of Eden with its fruit-bearing trees that were good for food and a great river that watered the Ancient Near-Eastern world.

In the middle of the garden God planted two trees–the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. These trees at the center of the garden symbolize God’s central question to all of humankind: Do you trust me? God wants us to trust him, eat from the Tree of Life, and live forever; but if we choose not to trust God, if we choose to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, God promises that we will die.

This question, “Do you trust me?” is the central question of faith. Every person has to make the choice between trusting God as the Giver and Sustainer of life or trusting themselves as the Giver and Sustainer of life. The people in the Hall of Faith–every one of them–was presented with this choice, and they all chose to trust God.

As Christians we also have a choice–we can either find life in Jesus or try to find life on our own. This faith is more than believing Jesus died for our sins so that we can go to heaven; it’s believing that Jesus is our source of life today, tomorrow, and forever more. Trusting Jesus as the Giver and Sustainer of life is the heart of the Christian faith and it’s the heartbeat of a faith that can change the world.

To listen to the sermon, click on the podcast link below.

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