Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
January 11, 2015 at 10:45 AM
Subject
The Faith to Believe in the Bible
Description
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday January 11, 2015
The Faith to Believe in the Bible
“...he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” ( Heb.11:6 ).
The Holy Bible is the indispensable book for every 
committed Christian needs for earthly guidance and 
preparation for an immortal life after death. It is a book 
with numerous concepts that should be learned, 
embraced, and firmly believed. While the concepts 
such as total depravity, justification, salvation, The Holy 
Spirit - and many others - can so easily be learned 
intellectually, there yet remains another aspect of those 
words that requires an higher internalization for 
effectiveness. That requirement is known as faith, a topic 
that is adequately covered in the eleventh chapter of 
Hebrews. It is the ingredient necessary for one to not only 
learn biblical concepts, but - more importantly - to believe 
them. 
Our sermon today will address the human need for 
a twofold understanding of biblical concepts, namely: the 
definition or meaning of the words, and the willingness to 
believe the scope and application of those concepts. 
Hence, the sermon has been entitled, The Faith to Believe 
in the Bible. It will include the following three parameters, 
namely: the definition of faith, selective teachings on 
faith, and the tenacity to maintain the faith. 
As background for the submission that the Bible should 
be believed, it is deemed appropriate to focus some 
attention on the Bible. There are several definitions with 
shades of differences. Some of them are: The Book of 
Books, The Word of God, “ The Bible is the only authentic 
source from which instruction can be derived...” for 
humanity to learn about God, “The Oracles of God”, The 
Bible is a canonical collection of texts sacred in Judaism 
and Christianity”, and the easiest one to remember, “The 
Word of God.” which is perhaps the most impressive and 
complete. Closely akin to the definition of the Bible is the 
question of its writers. This inquiry is answered by the Bible 
itself as found in 2nd Peter 1: 21 where it is recorded, “For 
the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but 
holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy 
Ghost.” 
There are several notably sayings about the sayings 
about the Bible as found in the Halley’s Handbook of the 
Bible. Just three of them are herein cited to encourage 
contemporary humanity to have faith in the Bible. Abraham 
Lincoln wrote, “ I believe that the Bible is the best gift God 
has given to man.”, Patrick Henry submitted, “ The Bible is 
worth all other books which have ever been printed”, and 
Lord Tennyson wrote, “Bible reading is an education in 
itself”. With these general observations on the Bible, the 
focus will now be directed to the earlier specified three 
dimensions of the sermon, the first one being - the definition 
of faith. The standard biblical definition is - “Now faith is 
the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things 
not seen” ( Heb. 11:1 ). Faith can be views from two different 
perspectives; they are Biblical and Secular. Each of these 
views will be herein discussed. While both types have 
implications for human welfare, the biblical faith must be 
accepted as the more comprehensive and everlasting. 
Hence, it is given priority one in this sermon. “Faith in 
Christianity is a central notion taught by Jesus Christ 
himself in reference to the Good News ( Mk 1:15). In the 
understanding of Jesus it was an act of trust and of 
self-abandonment by which people no longer rely on their 
own strength and policies but commit themselves to the 
power and guiding word of him in whom they believe 
( Mt. 21:25,32; Lk 1:20,45).” 
The secular faith, differing from biblical faith, is a 
belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, 
to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty or 
a mutually defined goal, a reliance on proper function of 
mechanical gadgets such as street lights, automobile 
acceleration and braking systems, light switches, alarm 
systems - to name but a few. It is ironic that humankind 
seem more trustful of worldly objects than the embracement 
of biblical principles, one of which is faith. While this 
prioritizing can facilitate earthly maneuvering, it is totally 
ineffective in promoting Christian early living and 
preparation for eternal existence with The Father after 
death. This somber fact leads to the next concern which 
is selective teachings on faith. As noted in the Book of 
Hebrews, “...without faith it is impossible to please him: 
for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that 
he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” ( Heb. 
11:6. Since the famous Scope ‘monkey’ trial, there has been 
the ongoing controversy regarding the origin of the world; 
one segment argued evolution and the other stood on the 
principle of creation. This latter view is consistent with 
the biblical teaching in Hebrews 11:3 where it is recorded, 
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed 
by the word of God...”. 
The Bible, also, documents that Jesus often used the 
word faith in his ministry. In referencing the power of 
Jesus said unto his disciples, “...Because of your unbelief: 
for verily I say unto you, If you have faith as a grain of 
mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove 
hence to yonder place; and it shall be removed...” ( Mt. 
17:20 ). On another occasion, Jesus said unto the Centurion 
who told him to merely speak the word and his daughter 
would be healed, “ Verily I say unto you, I have not found 
so great a faith, no not in Israel” ( Mt. 8:10 ). Jesus 
referenced faith in his encounter with the woman with 
the blood issue, but merely sought to touch the helm of 
his garment for healing; she did and Jesus recognized 
the touch, inquired who did it, she confessed and Jesus 
said, “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole of thy 
plague.” ( Mk. 5:34 ). Further in his writing, Mark cited 
another instance in which Jesus referenced the value 
of faith. The setting involved a father who appealed to 
Jesus to cure his son since the disciples were ineffective 
in their effort. “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, 
all things are possible to him that believeth”. The man 
replied, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief”. ( Mk. 9: 
23-24 ). 
Beloved, these citations are but a few of the settings 
in which Jesus taught on and demonstrated the power of 
faith. The emphasis will now be placed on the last 
concern of this sermon which is - The tenacity to maintain 
the faith. This word, tenacity denote the ability to endure, 
cling to, and continuing to exist. Faith can assure the 
duration and effectiveness in the ability to hold on while 
looking to God who is the author and finisher on 
humankind’s endurance. The assurance of this Divine 
Power is asserted in the Bible. Hence, the closing 
inquiry becomes Why should we have faith to believe in the 
Bible? It is much to time consuming to provide an 
exhaustive list of reasons. Hence, just a few concise 
assertions are cited. 
1. The Bible was written by holy men of God spake as 
they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 

2. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is 

profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, 
and instruction in righteousness. 
3. It has perpetuity - i.e., everlasting as reflected in 
a statement by Jesus - 
".. for heaven and earth to pass, than one letter of the law 
to fail” 
4. Human illustration of faith to believe - Job, amidst 
his prolonged agony utter, “Thou he slays me, yet will I 
trust him”. 
5. In the chronology of the faithful in Hebrews 11, it is 
recorded that they “...all having obtained a good 
report through faith, received not the promise...” 
6. Lastly, Jesus, in Rev. 10:2, Jesus called upon his 
followers to “ be thou faithful unto death, and I will 
give thee a crown of life”. Amen! 
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