Foundations of the Faith
An Intro to our Foundations of the Faith sermon series.
Every religion, every area of faith, has its foundations. Without it, we have nothing to stand firm on or return to when life gets shaky.
In our Foundations of the Faith series at CityPoint Community Church, we are working to help navigate believers of all ages, maturity, and experience through the tenets of the Christian faith. This 5-part series digs deeply into God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, Salvation, Baptism, Prayer, and Worship and Generosity.
Faith and prayer are the vitamins of the soul; man cannot live in health without them.
As the Trinity works together in community with God the Father and His son Jesus Christ, so should we. Each person, each part, plays a vital role in how we lend to the kingdom and our ability to function well within it.
Ephesians 4:4–6 reads,
There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call — one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
A gift freely given to us, salvation is not something that we must work to receive. It is not as a job where our efforts gain our space and allow us to keep going. Salvation is given to us without any strings attached.
Ephesians 2:8–9 reads,
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Baptism is a physical way to begin a new life and have the Holy Spirit’s gift to navigate that life. It is one of the many ways that we, as believers, follow after Jesus as he was baptized in Matthew 3.
Acts 2:38 reads,
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Prayer grounds us and keeps us in communication with God. It allows us to receive the wisdom and guidance necessary to live out our Christian faith and become more like Christ.
John 15:15 reads,
No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
Worship and Generosity
This is the outpouring of knowing God and having a relationship with Him. When we are thankful for what God has done, we find ourselves sharing with others.
2 Corinthians 9:12–13 says,
For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others,