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The Believers' Profession Of Faith
Text: Hebrews 10:23-25 IBCWPM April 25, 2007
Preacher: Pastor Jose B. Cabajar
The believers' profession of faith is imperative in this present generation. Our professed belief can move others to notice us and observe us if we really mean what we are proclaiming. Apparently, every word spoken and act done by a believer could strengthen or weaken the standing of Christianity before the unbelievers.
Every believer who holds his profession of faith consistently truly contributes strength to the image of Christianity. On the other hand, a professing believer who lives outside the principles of Truth distorts the good image of Christian faith.
How we live our professed faith is crucial, and that's simply the reason why Christians must be careful on the way they project the image of Christ through their words and works. In Ephesians 5:15-17, it is written, See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. (KJV)
We really the need to understand the blessed will of God for our lives so we may not be diverted from our true course, which is the path of faith. Managing our limited time wisely is a plus, and we believe that the more we pray and walk according to the Word of God, the more we become closer to God. We are confident that the closer we are to the Lord, the more we will understand His will for us, and consequently, the more we will know our purpose in life in this Christ-rejecting world.
In Hebrews 10:23-25, it is written, Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (KJV) As we study these passages, may we pray earnestly for understanding and wisdom so we may live according to our professed faith without wavering.
(I) Must Be Persistent
A well-loved belief is undeniably a well-lived belief. If we are really serious concerning our faith, then we must show our unquestionable faithfulness to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
A faithful believer is always excited in the things of God. Boredom and idleness have no place in his life because love, peace, joy and truth keep him going and shining for the Lord.
True Christian must live by faith without wavering. We must be warned that a wavering believer will surely find himself interwoven with the wicked ways of the world. The Bible says, Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering.
(II) Must Be Fruitful
-Through love and good works
A mere profession of faith without significant fruit is likened to a well-advertised violin without noteworthy sound. A person who talks much of his profession of faith, but is not doing anything for the Lord is a questionable one.
We must keep in mind that Christian life is a fruitful and influential life. Through the power of the Holy Ghost, believers become fruitful and powerful. Knowing such advantage, we should then consider others and stir them up to serve the Lord with love. We should let the Lord use us as an instrument in provoking others unto love and good works. Let us be obedient to the Word of God and experience His wonderful working in us.
(III) Must Be Encouraging
-Edifying others with significance
Christians must encourage one another in the Lord. In Hebrews 10:25, it is written, Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (KJV) As we live a holy life and serve God by spreading the Gospel, it is only needful to encourage other believers to do their best for the Lord.
Another important thing we must give emphasis on is our regular gatherings. Forsaking our Christian gatherings weakens us, but having the desire to attend regular fellowship as children of God makes us united and strong. As we serve and wait for the coming of the Lord, it is always beneficial for us to edify one another.
Remember what the Bible says in I Timothy 6:12, Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. (KJV)
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