What is the Cost of Faith?

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What is the Cost of Faith?

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What is the Cost of Faith?

Ever walked away from that dream purchase because of sticker shock? What if the real cost is not the advertised cost? What if you could have got it at manufacturers cost rather than retail; and all you had to do was ask? As believers, the cost of faith in our minds may feel or seem like one thing; but have we checked with the manufacturer…. Jesus? This is the next message in our Faith Check series – Cost of Faith. We are looking deeply at the book of Jeremiah and how the church in exile was able to grow their Faith through all circumstances.

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Jeremiah 1:4

NIV – “The word of the Lord came to me, saying,”

Message – “This is what God said”

As your pastor I’m wondering….have you checked your faith yet? Or are you being like Samuel.

1 Samuel 3:1-11

1The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. 2 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the Lord called Samuel.

Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.

6 Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

“My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”

7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

8 A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”

Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

11 And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle.

  • Samuel lived in the church
  • Served in the church
  • Was a church leader

AND didn’t know how to listen to God. Didn’t know the sound of Gods voice. Thought the only way to hear the voice of God was through the lead pastor. 

The pivotal moment in Samuels life and Jeremiahs life was hearing God and acting on what they heard.

We keep bringing up “Next Steps” as actions based on hearing the Word of God.

Our Church’s goal is 2 parts – 

  • Help you gain a desire to hear God and take action on it. Be like Samuel and Jeremiah after being able to hear God and act on it – Next Steps.
  • Help you gain a desire to bring the living God into your spheres of influence. What we call doing life together.

The next season of our church has a very specific vision. – Reach Your City.

We may live in the same area code but our cities are different. My city is board game nerds, website visionaries, and digital artists. My city is comic book stores, my city is online video games.

In preparation for the day we open on the front lawn (which is soon)…

Be praying and fasting for the vision to be caught by yourself and others. 

That we all would have a desire to hear God through reading His word, prayer time, and the messages. That we would desire to apply it to our lives. That we would gain the confidence to speak life into people in our spheres of influence (our cities).

Todays message is Cost of Faith…. which is desire

  • Do you desire to hear from God and act on it?
  • Do you desire to bring Jesus to people that you do life with?

Boys and their games.

Everything is competing for your desire. 

Jeremiah 1:4-9

4 The Lord gave me this message:

5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.

Before you were born I set you apart

and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

6 “O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”

7 The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. 8 And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” 9 Then the Lord reached out and touched my mouth and said,

“Look, I have put my words in your mouth!

The Holy Spirit will handle all excuses and problems. But you gotta handle the desire to hear the voice of the Lord and act on it.

Identity is like a fingerprint from God – no finger print matches. Every single one is unique. And that is your identity from God. Divinely unique.

God ordained YOU to be good enough to deliver His words.

Your inexperience, your age, how long you’ve been a believer doesn’t matter to God. In fact He rebukes it, and says you go where I send you, and you say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people!

Doing life in the comments – 

What is an excuse you need to let the Holy Spirit deal with?

Luke 6:46-49

46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? 47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48 It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house right on the ground, without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”

Your NEXT STEPS this week…. 

  1. Fast and pray to hear the voice of the Lord. 
  2. Act on it in your life and 
  3. Share it in the spheres of influence (YOUR CITY) around you. 

We are headed to our next season – “Reach your City” we need to begin now.