Posts made in December, 2007

Things To Come

Posted by on Dec 30, 2007

By Pastor Mike Withem First Baptist Church of Ranson, WV December 30, 2007 Sunday Morning “Things To Come”   Scripture Text: Hebrews 11:20-22 Introduction:   A.   There are at least three stages of a believer’s life during which his or her faith in God is manifest. 1. Of course, faith is manifest at the point of salvation. 2. In fact, a person cannot be saved without faith (faith in God, faith in Christ, faith in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross). 3. The Bible says in Eph. 2:8-9, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:…Not of works, lest any man should boast.” 4. The Bible also...

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By Faith Abraham

Posted by on Dec 16, 2007

By Pastor Mike Withem First Baptist Church of Ranson, WV December 16, 2007 Sunday Morning “By Faith Abraham”   Scripture Text: Hebrews 11:8-19 Introduction:   A.   If you were to ask me to name the one person in the Bible who, in my opinion, best demonstrates what it means to walk by faith, I would have to say, “Abraham.” 1. One of the reasons that I say this is because of what we read in Gal. 3:7-9, “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham….And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be...

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He That Cometh To God

Posted by on Dec 9, 2007

By Pastor Mike Withem First Baptist Church of Ranson, WV December 9, 2007 Sunday Morning “He That Cometh To God”   Scripture Text: Hebrews 11:4-7 Introduction:   A.   Hebrews 11 is a wonderful chapter. 1. I say that for at least two reasons. 2. First of all, because it explains exactly what faith is. 3. Notice again Heb. 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” 4. In other words, “Faith is the absolute certainty that God is going to do what He has promised to do, even though there is no physical or visible evidence upon which to base our assurance.” 5. For example, I am absolutely certain that...

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Now Faith Is…

Posted by on Dec 2, 2007

By Mike Withem, Pastor First Baptist Church of Ranson, WV December 2, 2007 Sunday Morning “Now Faith Is…”   Scripture Text: Hebrews 11:1-3 Introduction:   A.   Have you ever heard someone say, about someone else, “He is a man of faith,” or “She is a woman of faith.”? 1. The truth is, we are all people of faith, because whether we realize it or not, we exercise faith every single day of our lives. 2. (Illus.- For example, every time we walk into a building, we exercise faith. We exercise faith in the architect who designed the building, the contractor who built the building, the quality and durability of the materials out of which the...

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