Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
November 25, 2018 at 10:45 AM
Subject
The Victory of Faith
Description

The Victory of Faith
For whosoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth in God” 1st John 4:4-5.
The history of humankind has included recurring periods of
conflict between various segments of the population. These conflicts
have included family feuds, racial riots, tribal confrontation,
and – on larger scales – wars. The first great struggle of our nation
was with the mother country; it ended with a victory for the
colonists who afterward established a new form of government for
Colonial America. From that time, the new nation has engaged in
wars that included the war of 1812, the Civil War, the First World
War, and World War II.  In all of those conflict, America achieved
a decided victory. Since that time, however, the nation’s history
has been less spectacular is seen in Korea, Vietnam, and now the
so called War on Terror. Nowadays, victory seem illusive and
quite impartial toward the winner. Well, my friends we may not
be directly involved in the contemporary war, but we are – all
besieged by a sinister conflict; it is that of a warfare between

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the physical and the spiritual worlds. Saint Paul referred to this
conflict as a war between the carnal and the spiritual ( Roman 7:14)
Both Saint Paul and Saint John saw the victory in Christ Jesus
rather than human strength. Our text, in this connection, depicts
the victory as one of faith rather than personal endeavors. In view
of this textual message, our sermon for this 4th Sunday in Nov 2018
has been entitled, The Victory of Faith. It was examine the
following dimensions of Faith, namely: the nature of faith; the
acquisition of faith, and the victory of faith. As background to
this analysis, attention will be focused on two biblical characters
who were involved in a demonstration of faith. The first, an Old
Testament Prophet, Elijah, staged a setting that illustrated a
victory of faith.  It occurred on Mount Carmel the place where
a contest was held between Baal’s prophet and God’s prophet.
The results of that contest will be highlighted later in the sermon.
The second individual, a Gospel Writer – Saint John – taught that
one’s belief in Jesus is the source of a victory through faith. When

 

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the two men are compared, it is noted that the first one relied on
a personal demonstration whereas the second one emphasized
a personal commitment.  Beloved, it is this second one as
presented in our text that represents our best hope for a victory
of faith in our lives.
Admittedly, we love and crave victory in daily affairs, but
so often its seem illusive, cloudy, or even non existence. Amidst
such a disturbing situation let us chose to follows the textual
model rather than to duplicate Elijah’s model.
Against this brief section on Elijah and Saint John, let us
now turn to the earlier identified concerns regarding the victory
of faith, the first of which is – the nature of faith. Our Bible defines
faith as the substance of things hope for, the evidence of things not
seen ( Heb. 11:1 ). Although faith is an essential aspect of the
divine plan, it has fallen into disrepute in recent time. It is not
unusual to hear people give lip service to faith without having any
personal testimony of their involvement with it. Some indications

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of this worldly use of faith include statements such as: have faith
baby, hang in this child and have faith, man I have faith and
numerous other such trite statements. Friends, faith – to be
victorious – must be more than a mere statement; it must, instead,
be deeply rooted in an unflinching belief in God as Creator, Jesus
as Redeemer, and the Holy Spirit as the Comforter. The irony of
this requirement is cited in the Scripture where it is written, “But
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
seek him ( Heb. 11:6 ). Beloved, we would enriched our knowledge
of faith if we would but spend some time reading Hebrews 11.
This fact leads to the second dimension of our sermon, namely –
the acquisition of faith. How often have we heard the statement,
“Where did you buy that item, I would like to get one for myself.
Well, beloved, faith is not something that one can buy or even
shoplifted. Further, faith can not be inherited, taught in school,
or obtained by imitating one’s parents. The Bible, in addressing
process for obtaining faith; it tells us that faith cometh by hearing,
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and hearing from listening to the word of God.  It, further, inquires -how shall they hear without a preacher, and how shall they preach
unless they be sent. Beloved, this Scripture shows the useless in
non biblical methods in the search for faith. Accordingly, we must
therefore understand the means by which we can acquire a
victorious faith and with such a faith we can safely walk by faith
and not be sights. Friends, the Old Testament personalities had
less exposures to the Scripture than do we; they were also without
the knowledge of Jesus; they had no New Testament, yet those
saints continued in the faith, they died in faith, not having
received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and
were persuaded of them, and embrace them, and confessed
that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth ( Heb. 11:13 ).
In closing this sermon,  attention will be focused on the
third aspect of the subject, namely, a demonstration of
the victory of faith: the Bible tells of a bold prophet whose name
was Elijah.  He was known as the prophet of fire.  God sent him to
prophecy doom on Ahaz and Jezebel.  They refused to hear the

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message and referred, instead, to their prophets of Baal. In the
process of time a contest was staged on Mt. Carmel ( 1st Kings, 18..)     Beloved, we may never need to demonstrate our faith by
performing feats as did Elijah be, thanks be to God, we can
have a victory for our faith by looking unto Jesus who is the
Author and Finisher of our Faith. We are, therefore, called upon
to continue in 2018 with the knowledge that we, too, have
overcome the world by our faith in Jesus and it is upon him that
we shall stand.

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