Sunday Morning Podcast January 30, 2022. Bro. Dave Goble. Pastor
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We’ve been speaking about a journey from a destination. Normally we would speak about a journey to a destination. But as we have said we are thinking about destinations in terms of those we make, rather than those God makes for us, and from those destinations, God wants us to travel from them on a journey with Him, to a destination of His making. So we began looking at this series with a thought of a destination that we call opinion, preference, our own belief, and that we’ll call Dogma. That’s a destination that some of us travel from. God wants us to make sure that when thinking of those things we believe, that we’re willing to make sure God tests or tries those; and not some things we’re unwilling to change, of those things He wants us to change. That’s what Dogma can be. Well it then leads us along the journey when we’re willing to move from our own opinions and our own preferences. It moves us along the journey of how we see ourselves in the world and how we see the world, and we called that worldview. So this brings us now to another place, that I would like to call faith. Faith is also part of a journey for us that began as a chaotic place. These destinations that we’ve come from, are becoming clearer, as we allow God to order our journey. So I’d like us to think about faith this week in this sense that it is a place that we arrive at on a journey God gives to us. It’s a gift. Think of it like that. rather something that we’ve come up with, or construct. We considered Paul the apostle and his journey that led him from a worldview of “Saul of Tarsus,” to an entirely different person. We also considered Jesus and how He saw the world from His point of view. Finally we’ve considered how these things lead us from destinations of our making onward into a journey with God. This is sort of the progression that we’re following, and we’re moving on with this.
There’s a sentiment in the world today that confuses the worldview for faith. I’ll explain. Worldview is again opinion; it’s how we see ourselves in the world, the world around us. And there’s a sentiment today that even gets confused in a religious sense, that which is worldview with faith. One says, “Because I claim an experience with God, and because I see how the world has changed, then ‘somehow’ now, I’ve arrived at a place on this journey that I call faith, faith now is a different worldview. God has changed my mind, He has changed the way I think. So that must mean that I have faith; it must mean the faith that God wants me to have because I think differently now, than I used to think.“ The world today that, that believes somehow because I think differently now than I used to think, “I have faith.” The two are not the same! Just thinking differently does not imply that we have the faith that God wants us to have. Lots of times people change their opinions. They change the way they think. They come up with different ideas. Things happen to them. They go on in life, and they get older, ..the way they think changes. We don’t think the way we thought as a child now as we’re older. But that is not faith. There’s a sentiment today that says in the Christian world I guess you could call it that, “because one day I gave my heart to God, since then I just presumed that somehow I think differently, ..now I have faith.” And their not the same. So we want to began with that. One is from earth, ..earthy. That’s the kind of opinion and belief and thoughts one might have after they have a religious conversion or experience and how that changes how we see the world, and so all of that might come from our own mind. That’s an earthy kind of change.
But this morning we’re going to speaking about another kind of change that is quite different. That one comes not from the earth, but from heaven. What comes from heaven is a gift in this sense. What comes from earth is not a gift, it’s something that we make up. I’m drawing a distinction from that which we make up and that which comes from heaven which is a gift. A gift that is a heavenly thing which is a gift that is given to us. That now will move us from these places from dogma, to how we see ourselves in the world. That heavenly gift will move us on this journey with God. In the Old Testament the type was the people of Israel when God delivered them from Egypt and they came out of bondage, and they were traveling in the desert for 40 years. Well God had a destination for them, and it was Canaan. He meant them to cross over Jordan to a land He had for them. That whole journey was not intended to be one of their own making of how they saw the world and their place in it, but rather it was intended to be a journey that God would construct for those people to lead them to a destination of His making. And ultimately they would be transformed from the image that they had in bondage, to an image God had intended for them to be in Canaan. That’s the type. And faith is the same thing, it intends to help us along a journey to transform us from an image of our own making to an image of God’s making. Now let us go from here to this thought of faith moving us along in this journey. The purpose of faith which I call worldview to faith. The contrast of the two.
Paul here was basically writing part of his autobiography.
TEXT: GALATIANS 1:13-24
13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jew’s religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
14 And profited in the Jew’s religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from mother’s womb, and called me by his grace.
16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.
17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother.
20 Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.
21 Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;
22 And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ:
23 But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.
24 And they glorified God in me.
This is the first purpose of the witness of faith that we’ll be using this morning.
Saul of Tarsus was converted on the road between Jerusalem and Damascus He sees a bright light. God has to physically throw him from a horse to the ground to get his attention.(Acts 9th chapter). Sometimes God has to do dramatic things to us to get our attention! Saul says “who is this?” Jesus takes him to Damascus, and for three days he’s without sight. And on the day appointed one of the disciples prays for Saul of Tarsus, who is now Paul the apostle. God gives him the Holy Spirit, and his sight, and his purpose And during these three days, which you might liken unto death of the old person, ..there is now resurrected a new person, who is no longer Saul of Tarsus! As Paul said ” 23 But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.” In other words my worldview, was a destructive worldview, with my faith of Saul of Tarsus! But after this conversion that I’ve had and this death and resurrection by the One I persecuted I am no longer a destroyer, ..now I am one of them! God had actually began to form in Paul a faith that God could use. It had nothing necessarily to do with Paul’s view of the world, his opinions and sentiments that Saul had come to this place. It had nothing to do with that, but rather God was forming in Paul the apostle a faith God could use for His purpose. A journey from a destination.
From Worldview to Faith