Pastor Daniel Cassels, his wife Hannah, children Jack, Allie and dog Sammi are new to the Santa Maria area. Daniel grew up in Washington State and Hannah in Globe, Arizona. Though this seems like worlds apart they met while Daniel was serving at Shadow Hills Baptist Church in Las Vegas Nevada. They were married January 06, 2006 and have served God as a family ever since. While attending the The College at Southwestern (a part of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) in Fort Worth, Texas they felt a call to go into full time ministry on the west coast. This call brought them to the wonderful church of Life Way Fellowship in Santa Maria California in 2009. They love to serve God by serving people, fellowshiping, and sharing the Good News of Christ.
QUESTIONS OF FAITH
Pastor Daniel Cassels
September 9, 2018
1. WHO GETS _____________? What then will we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? If Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about—but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him for righteousness. Now to the one who works, pay is not credited as a gift, but as something owed. But to the one who does not work, but believes on him who declares the ungodly to be righteous, his faith is credited for righteousness. Romans 4:1–5 (CSB) For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV) Now if by grace, then it is not by works; otherwise grace ceases to be grace. Romans 11:6 (CSB) Grace—Undeserved acceptance and love received from another, especially the characteristic attitude of God in providing salvation for sinners who do and can do nothing to earn it. 2. DOES GOD REALLY ____________ & _______________? Just as David also speaks of the blessing of the person to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: Blessed are those whose lawless acts are forgiven and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the person the Lord will never charge with sin. Romans 4:6–8 (CSB) As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12 (CSB) “I—I sweep away your transgressions for my own sake and remember your sins no more. Isaiah 43:25 (CSB) 3. IS ____________________ REALLY FOR ME? Is this blessing only for the circumcised, then? Or is it also for the uncircumcised? For we say, Faith was credited to Abraham for righteousness., In what way then was it credited—while he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? It was not while he was circumcised, but uncircumcised. And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith, while still uncircumcised. This was to make him the father of all who believe but are not circumcised, so that righteousness may be credited to them also. And he became the father of the circumcised, who are
not only circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith our father Abraham had while he was still uncircumcised. Romans 4:9–12 (CSB) …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus… Romans 3:23–24 (ESV) 4. WHO SHOULD YOU _____________? For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would inherit the world was not through the law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. If those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made empty and the promise nullified, because the law produces wrath. And where there is no law, there is no transgression. This is why the promise is by faith, so that it may be according to grace, to guarantee it to all the descendants—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of Abraham’s faith. He is the father of us all. As it is written: I have made you the father of many nations., He is our father in God’s sight, in whom Abraham believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist. Romans 4:13–17 (CSB) For if the inheritance is based on the law, it is no longer based on the promise; but God has graciously given it to Abraham through the promise. Galatians 3:18 (CSB) But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (ESV) If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. Romans 10:9–10 (CSB) 5. DO YOU LIVE ____________________? He believed, hoping against hope, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what had been spoken: So will your descendants be., He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body to be already dead (since he was about a hundred years old) and also the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, because he was fully convinced that what God had promised, he was also able to do. Therefore, it was credited to him for righteousness., Now it was credited to him was not written for Abraham alone, but also for us. It will be credited to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. Romans 4:18–25 (CSB) 22 You see that faith was active together with his works, and by works, faith was made complete… James 2:22 (CSB)