This is the audio from the October 4, 2020 sermon, “The ACT of Faith”, shared by Tom Lemler at the North Wayne Mennonite Church.
Text: Matthew 25:34-40, James 2:14-26
When it comes to faith, there are only two real options: Faith In Action or Faith Inaction. A living faith requires that we do something with it. After growing a living faith, it is to to act.
God says that faith requires action. If we’re truly going to live out our faith, we must practice the . . .
- Attitude of Faith: This is the Secret of our hope.
- Philippians 2:5 — Just as a living faith requires a foundational attitude of humility, the act of faith only happens when we serve others in humble obedience to the will of God. Taking on the attitude of Christ Jesus should open up within us a willingness to serve others according to their need.
- Content of Faith: This is the Substance of our hope.
- Hebrews 11:1 — Rather than viewing faith as simply a collection of beliefs, the act of faith requires that we recognize the tangible substance that is produced when our belief is put into practice. Our hope in Christ is made more real to us, and to others, when it makes a real difference in everyday life.
- Transformation of Faith: This is the Salvation of our hope.
- Matthew 25:34, James 2:22 — A saving faith produces a transformation within us that is visible in what we do. Jesus welcomes the “righteous” into His presence with the distinguishing characteristic that makes them known being the acts of service done “for the least of these”. Abrahams faith was credited to him as righteousness because of his willingness to do what God had asked. The world needs to see a transformed life so that they would know what faith in action can do to transform them.
So, what do you have and what are you doing with it? What will your ACT of faith lead you to do today?