During this inaugural service, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, cites Matthew 5:28, in which Jesus healed two blind men and talks about the meaning of faith. Here are some excerpts:

“Now let me speak to you about the meaning of faith in a way which, I trust, you may carry with you from this sermon, and remember as long as you live. What does faith mean? Three things:

1. Forsaking All I Take Him

“…It means coming to Jesus as a hell-deserving sinner, and reaching out our arms to Him and saying, “Nothing in my hands I bring, Simply to Thy Cross I cling!” Have you embraced Jesus like that? Have you by faith taken Him, accepted Him as personal Savior from sin’s guilt and power…”

2. Feeling Afraid I Trust Him

“…I tell you—if you keep your eyes firmly fixed upon the risen Lord, He will inspire and nurture trust within your soul…”

3. Finding Another I Tell Him

…Genuine faith must be communicated. If you’re not telling others, you really don’t have it. Paul says in Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” If you truly believe in Jesus, then inevitably you will want to confess Him by introducing Him to others. Jesus Himself said, “Whoever confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father in heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men (that is, by our silence and our refusal to witness), I will disown him before My Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33)….”

“This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:4)…”

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Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

 

October 4, 1987

Matthew 9:28

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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