The text this morning is two little words that occur thirty-one times in the eleventh chapter of the letter to the Hebrews—“By Faith.”By Faith we understand that the worlds were framed, whether we be scientists or theologians. By Faith we offer sacrifices unto God as Able did. By Faith we walk with God as Enoch did. By Faith we hear God as Noah did. By Faith we obey God as Abraham did. By Faith we refuse the pleasures and treasures and the honors of Egypt for the glory of God as Moses did. This movement begun in faith has continued in faith; God help us to perpetuate it in faith.As one stands on the top of a mountain and looks out on the landscape, few things are more beautiful as part of the scenery than a majestic river flowing through the valleys and between the hills and mountains in its course toward the ocean. And still more interesting is the tracing of the river up to its source and watching the streams that flow in from the surrounding country and swelling the volume of the on-rushing water. We will do that or something like it, for a few minutes this morning. We want to look at the source of this movement and then trace at a glance the flowing and enlarging of the river that has grown wider and deeper as the years have gone by.
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Opening Sermon of “Reunion Week”October 28th 1908
A. C. Dixon
The Moody ChurchN LaSalle St, Chicago, Il
Copyright 1908 The Moody Church, Chicago, IL
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Amzi Clarence Dixon (July 6, 1854 – June 14, 1925) was a Baptist pastor, Bible expositor, and evangelist, popular during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. With R.A. Torrey he edited an influential series of essays, published as the The Fundamentals (1910–15), which gave fundamentalist Christianity its name. He succeeded R. A. Torrey as senior pastor of the famous Moody Church from 1906-1911.
The opening sermon of Reunion Week. Preached by Dr. A. C. Dixon, pastor of The Moody Church, Sunday morning, October 25, 1908.
Dr. Dixon prefaced his sermon by reading the following Articles of Faith from the constitution of the church:
We believe in the only true God (John 17:3); the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:19). Who created all things (Revelation 4:11) and upholds all things by the power (Hebrews 1:3), in whom we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). A God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he (Deuteronomy 32:4), and he shall judge the world (Psalm 9:8).
We believe all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).
We believe that by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned (Romans 5:12), and judgment came upon all men to condemnation (Romans 5:18). For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:23).
We believe there is none other name under heaven, given among men whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12). For other foundation can no man lay that is laid, which is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:2). We also believe that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), and sat down on the right hand of the majesty on high (Hebrews 1:3), now to appear in the presence of God for us (Hebrews 9:24).
We believe that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16), and he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son, hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God, hath not life (1 John 5:10, 12).
We believe that Christ, the head over all to the Church (Ephesians 1:22), hath commanded us to baptize in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Ghost (Matthew 28:19), and the same night in which He was betrayed, took bread; and when He had given thanks, He brake it and said: “Take, eat; this is my body which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of me.” After the same manner also He took the cup when He had supped, saying: “This cup is the New Testament in my blood. This do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me; for as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come” (1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
In accepting and subscribing to the above articles of faith, we, by no means, set aside or undervalue any of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, but believe all to be God’s own written word, given to us through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, but the knowledge and belief of the truth as stated in our articles of faith, we deem necessary to sound doctrine, and thereby requisite for Christian fellowship.
The text this morning is two little words that occur thirty-one times in the eleventh chapter of the letter to the Hebrews—“By faith.”
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