Sermon Cast – In Progress: Faith First

Date: 9/7/2013
Preacher: Rev. Ryan T. Krauss

Scriptures: 2 Peter 1:1-9 and Mark 9:14-29
Description: We are beginning a new sermon series with the begin of a new school year. For teachers and students, the beginning of another semester is met with a cadre of emotions. Some are ecstatic to begin learning/teaching again. Others loathe the experience, waiting agonizingly until summer rolls around again. Whatever one’s feeling on the subject, school is ‘back in session.’ Of course, one of the undergirding hopes of our educational system is growth in our students, physically, emotionally, academically.

Growth is also key to the life of faith. Our new series is called “In Progress,” because all of us are a holy and purposeful project under God’s direction. For six weeks we will be studying 2 Peter 1:1-9 in depth, looking intently at the process of spiritual development described in verses 5-7. These virtues and traits–faith, goodness, knowledge, love–are both seed and fruit of what God grows in us through Christ Jesus; and by the same token, these are the seeds and fruits for which we should strive in our journey to follow JesusĀ  more and more closely.

This morning, we discuss the foundation of it all: Faith. Faith is not simply an assertion without evidence. Faith is not some external commodity that I try to find or that God takes form elsewhere and puts inside of me. Faith is foremost an action–like love–whereby I TRUST God. Faith is trust. Trust in God’s promises. Trust that there is something and someone bigger than you or I who has a design behind the chaos we call life. It should go without saying that if we want the other godly traits to grow in us–love, virtue, godliness, affection, knowledge–that process will be severely hindered if we do not actually TRUST (i.e. have faith) that God is working those things in us.