S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.
By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.
It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.
It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.” For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. Hebrews 11:1–6 NLT
What is “NEXT”? NEXT is building kingdom legacy in Eastern Iowa and around the world!
We believe faith is unstoppable. NEXT faith is believing when I don’t see it.
What does “building kingdom legacy in Eastern Iowa and around the world” mean?
“By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.” Because matter, time, energy, and information each cannot create itself, what exists in our universe necessarily must have come from something different, distinct, and independent of it. Thoughts?
Who do you put faith in, and why? Is it because you can prove the future or because you have chosen to believe based on their trustworthiness in the past?
Is real faith BASED ON past evidence or IN SPITE OF past evidence?
“It is impossible to please God without faith.” For faith to exist in me, there must be something that is 1) not known by me, and 2) not controlled by me. God invites you to trust. He doesn’t beg or control. What does that say about God’s heart?
Lord, thank you for never failing me in the past. Thank you for faithfully walking with your people through good times and bad. Thank you for creating this universe, inviting me to learn about you, and allowing me to make a choice whether or not to trust you. I choose to trust!