Leadership Seminar (hosting Shane Willard)
Righteousness revealed - to be generous. The desire of your heart opens the door to
I want to start out tonight by talking about faith. Of all the ethnic groups of people in the
world, and all the different types of cultures and races and stuff, I have a rule. I can only
make fun of those that I am… So I can make of white people okay - because I'm white.
We have a certain way. If I was to take a survey of people who come from Europe; and
we're talking about good-hearted people, on their way to heaven, saved as saved can
be. If I was to ask them: why, if you died today, would you go to heaven? Some 90%
would give me the same answer: I would go to heaven; because I believe in Jesus.
Now there's a problem with that, isn't there? Is there anybody in hell, who believes in
Jesus? Yeah, there are lots of people in hell, who believe in Jesus - particularly
demons! I won't say people, because it's not my place to put people there, but yeah,
we'll say: demons. There are lots of demons in hell, who believe in Jesus; and they
don't just believe in Jesus - they actually are scared to death of Him! They actually have
a certain respect for who He is, and yet they still find themselves in hell.
So obviously then, a „belief in Jesus’ is not enough to save us eternally. We're talking
about salvation here. It's got to be Faith; so I met with my mentor, and we started
fleshing this thing out about faith, and I want to show you what faith means.
Now there are three steps to faith, in a Hebrew concept, from a rabbi. The first step is:
Tefillah; the second step is: Teshuvah, and the third step is: Tzedakah. So if you asked
a First Century Hebrew teacher, what it means to have faith, they would’ve said:
Tefillah, Teshuvah, Tzedakah. Doesn’t it have kind of a da-da-da da-da-da da-da-da;
has this sort of ring to it.
So when Paul makes statements like: “for by grace you've been saved, through faith
and that not of yourself, this is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast”.
In his mind, as a First Century rabbi, he'd be thinking: Tefillah; Teshuvah; Tzedakah.
Now the Hebrew language, originally, was pictures (hieroglyphics). So every Hebrew
letter is a picture; so a word is like a cartoon strip. It makes sense doesn't it; because
where did the nation of Israel come from? Egypt right! They were a group of people that
started out as a family, and ends up in a place in Egypt; they grow and grow and grow
and grow and grow. So it stands to reason, that as they develop their own way of
thinking, that they would have had a language similar to the Egyptians, which was
So the Hebrew language originally was pictures, all the way up to Babylon. If you look at
the history of the Hebrew people, they were in slavery to Egypt for 430 years; and then
a guy named Moses comes in, and he rescues them out of that slavery. Then they were
out of slavery for 430 years; and then they get re-enslaved. We're going to talk about
that later this week, why they got re-enslaved.