Saturday, December 1, 2012

Faith in Action, an Introduction

But that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power on earth to forgive sins,...I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose… (Mark 2:10-12)
Does God have a purpose for His creation? If so, what is it, and can we use the physical evidence of His handiwork in our witness? Since we know that God began His Word with creation and that this is the physical evidence all around us, why did He start with creation? Are evidences important? Concerning evidence of salvation, James wrote that our works are the observable evidence of our faith (“faith without works is dead” – James 2:26). From these examples alone we see that God places a prime importance on observable evidence. Yet, from personal experience, even many pastors or others in full time ministry do not understand this. Last year, a Bible college professor in North Carolina told me that creation ministry is “just so new.” Also, a pastor in Wyoming said, “Evidence is not important”… This familiar account in Mark 2:1-12 brings to greater light the purpose God has for the physical realm, as in the next few notes we will observe how Faith in Action... 1. Sees Beyond People (2:1-4) 2. Sees Beyond Problems (2:4) 3. Sees Through Opposition (2:5-9) 4. Uses Physical Evidence (2:10-12)

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