Many Christians will not make a total commitment -- or will make only a shallow commitment -- until God does something miraculous. As a result they often run from church to church, from worship style to worship style, waiting for the miraculous to happen so that they will know that God is real.
Evangelism: Justification by Faith Text: Roman 4:5
True religion concerns itself with the giveness of the timeless. An idolatrous religion is one in which time is substituted for eternity ... either past time in the form of a rigid tradition or future time in the form of progress toward Utopia ... Nationalism, Communism, Fascism, all the social pseudo-religions of the twentieth century are idolatries of future time ...
Followers of Jesus have been given different names over the centuries. At first, they were called "Christians," which means "Christ ones" (Acts 11:26). The commonest word for these committed to Jesus is disciple, which means a learner. In his epistle, Paul addressed the Christians as saints, those set apart for God. They are also called believers, beloved, or children of God. Each of these names describes a distinctive characteristic of the lives of those who follow Christ. In our text, John suggests another name for Christians: overcomers. A Christian is one who overcomes.
Title: Living with Faith Text: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. (Psalm 23:1) Introduction: Dr. Charles Allen, beloved Methodist minister, tells the story of a friend who came to see him one day. His friend was nervous, tense, and he had literally worried himself sick. The man's physician had suggested that he see his minister. They talked for awhile, and then Allen took a pad of paper from his desk drawer. "If you went to see a doctor, he would give you a prescription, and that's what I want to do," Allen said. "Take the prescription exactly as I write it. Five times a day for seven days I want you to read prayerfully and carefully the twenty-third psalm. When you awaken, before each meal and at bedtime, read the psalm." Charles Allen says that in a week his friend returned literally a different person.