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Christian Call in Contrast to Cults.

Introduction:

Good morning, congregation. Today, we address a significant issue many believers face: the seeming certainty of answers in other faiths, particularly cults that reject Jesus as Divine/Human, compared to the questions we often have about God's actions or inactions. Our exploration will show that Christians are called to live by faith, while cults usually emphasize strict obedience to their doctrines.


Scripture Reading:

1. **Hebrews 11:1**: "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."

2. **2 Corinthians 5:7**: "For we walk by faith, not by sight."

3. **Romans 1:17**: "The righteous shall live by faith."

4. **John 20:29**: "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."


Main Points:

1. **Faith in Christianity: Embracing the Mystery**

- **Hebrews 11:1**: Faith involves trust in what we cannot see or fully understand.

- **2 Corinthians 5:7**: Our journey with God is based on faith, not always having clear answers.

- **Illustration**: Abraham's call to leave his homeland without knowing his destination (Genesis 12:1).


2. **Contrasting Certainty in Cults**

- Cults often provide rigid doctrines and rules, claiming to have answers for all aspects of faith and conduct.

- These groups emphasize strict obedience and adherence to their teachings, often rejecting the mystery of faith.

- **Example**: The structured beliefs and practices of groups that deny Jesus' divinity, offering clear but flawed answers.


3. **The Christian Experience: Questions and Trust**

- It is natural to question why God does or does not do certain things. This doesn't weaken our faith but can deepen it.

- **Romans 1:17**: We are called to live by faith, trusting God's plan even when we don't understand it.

- **Illustration**: Job's unwavering faith despite immense suffering and lack of answers (Job 1-42).


4. **Living by Faith, Not by Sight**

- **John 20:29**: Jesus commends those who believe without seeing. Our faith is strengthened through trust and perseverance.

- Living by faith means embracing uncertainty and relying on God's wisdom and timing.

- **Example**: Paul's contentment in all circumstances, trusting God's purpose (Philippians 4:11-13).


#### Comments and Explanations


Faith vs. Certainty: While other religions may offer seemingly clear answers, authentic Christian faith involves trust in God's more excellent plan.


Encouragement in Uncertainty: Assure believers it's okay to have questions and uncertainties; these can lead to a deeper, more resilient faith.


- **God's Sovereignty**: Remind the congregation of God's ultimate control and wisdom, even when we don't have all the answers.


Conclusion:

In conclusion, Christians are called to live by faith, embracing the mysteries and uncertainties of our journey with God. Unlike cults emphasizing strict obedience to human doctrines, our faith is rooted in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and trust in His divine plan.


Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of faith. Help us to trust You more deeply, even when we have questions and uncertainties. Strengthen our faith and remind us of Your presence in every circumstance. In Jesus' name, Amen.


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