F Word in Church 1: Faithfulness
New Covenant Church of Phoenix
Pastor David Fox
The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.
Your eternal word, O Lord, stands firm in heaven.
Your faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth you created.
2 Timothy 2:13
If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.
So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.
Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.
For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
Other things he has promised that rely TOTALLY on him and not of ourselves.
Atonement for our sin (price paid in full in order to restore) 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
Promise to remove our sins Romans 11:25-27
Not stay angry forever, show unfailing love, throw our sins to the deepest part of the sea (unrecoverable and beyond memory) Micah 7:18-19
We are given every spiritual gift that we need. 1 Corinthians 1:9
He won’t allow any more temptation than we can deal with. 1 Corinthians 10:13
He strengthens and guards us from the enemy. 2 Thessalonians 3:3
He is faithful & just to forgive us our sins. Cleanses us from all unrighteousness 1 John 1:9
God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind.
Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?
And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.
F Word in Church 2: Favor
New Covenant Church of Phoenix
Pastor David Fox
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us - yes, establish the work of our hands.
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night,but joy comes with the morning.
These are the ones I look on with favor:
those who are humble and contrite in spirit,
and who tremble at my word.
2 Chronicles 16:9
The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.
I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God’s way of making us right with himself depends on faith.
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did.
Lord, you always give me justice
when I bring a case before you.
So let me bring you this complaint:
Why are the wicked so prosperous?
Why are evil people so happy?
Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.
2 Corinthians 6:4
In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind.
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
1 Samuel 2:26
And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the Lord and with people.
When the king smiles, there is life; his favor refreshes like a spring rain.
Favor is knowing…
God works everything for our good. Romans 8:28
The Lord’s ear is turned toward us. Psalm 34:15
He sees that will not go unrewarded. Matthew 10:42
Our sins are forgiven. Romans 4:7
We are in God’s plan. Psalm 86:11
He NEVER leaves us. Isaiah 41:10
2 Corinthians 6:2
For he says,
“In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”
F Word in Church 3: Fruitfulness
Pastor David Fox
You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
“A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes.”
2 Peter 1:5-7
In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for
Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith. And many people were brought to the Lord.
For the Lord grants wisdom!
From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.
Do not be like a senseless horse or mule
that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 2:3-6
Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them. And athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules. And hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor.
Hebrews 11:27, 32
It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.
How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets.
James 1:2-4, 12
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
1 Timothy 2:2
Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.
1 Timothy 4:7
Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly.
The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.
Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
1 Peter 3:8-9
Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters. Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
2 Peter 1:8-11
The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins.
So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Do these things, and you will never fall away. Then God will give you a grand entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.