Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 3 Study # 4
October 4, 2009
Lincolnton, NC

<564> Thesis: The issue of "faith" has its roots in the question of Jesus' identity. Introduction: Last week I attempted to make the point that this "thing" called "faith" is at root a matter of "response". It is a response to developing circumstances; it is a response that assumes personal ignorance; it is a response that assumes a unity between the God of Ability and the creature who serves His agenda; it is a response to a specific divine declaration of that agenda within the current circumstances; and it is a response that is designed by God to develop into a continuum of such responses. We at least introduced those five aspects of this thing called "faith" that has its genesis in God's desire to enable men who are dead in their Sin to live again. This morning we actually come in our study of Luke's record to Jesus' demonstration of what happened when "The Twelve" set their proud self-sufficiency aside and simply "followed" His words. This part of the record is a vindication of "faith" and it is designed to serve us as an encouragement to trust God in each circumstance according to the five elements of such trust.