What is faith?
Now faith is being
sure of what we hope for and certain of what
we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1. [Substance
or, ground, confidence]
How important is faith?
What must one believe about God?
And without faith
it is impossible to please God, because
anyone who comes to him must believe that he
exists and that he rewards those who
earnestly seek him. Verse 6.
Christ and Saving Faith
things have been committed to me by my Father. No
one knows the Son except the Father, and
no one knows the Father except the Son and those
to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
In whom must we
believe in order to be saved?
God so loved the world that he
gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life. John
How only can a man be
justified? Since the law cannot justify a sinner,
is it thereby rendered without value?
since we have been justified through faith,
we have peace through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1. Therefore no one will be
declared righteous in his sight by observing the
law; rather, through the law we become conscious
of sin. Romans 3:20.
What will be the experience of
those who walk after the Spirit?
In order for the
righteous requirements of the law might be fully
met in us, who do not live according to the
sinful nature but according to the Spirit. Those
who live according to the sinful nature have
their minds set on what the nature desires; but
hose who live in accordance with the Spirit have
their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The
mind of sinful man is death, but the mind
controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the
sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit
to Gods law, nor can it do so. Romans
8:4-7. For sin shall not be your master,
because you are not under the law, but under
grace. Romans 6:14.
Genuine Faith and Its Fruits
What challenge does the
Apostle James make as to the evidence that one
has genuine faith?
But someone will say,
You have faith; I have deeds.
Show me our faith without deeds, and I will show
you my faith by what I do. James 2:18.
How did Abraham show that he
had perfect faith in God?
Was not our ancestor
Abraham considered righteous for what he did
when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You
see his faith and his actions were working
together, and by faith was made complete by what
he did. Verses 21,22.
By what practical example
does the apostle illustrate the difference
between genuine, living faith and a dead faith?
Suppose a brother or
sister is without clothes and daily food. If
anyone says to him, Go, I wish you well;
keep warm and well fed, but does nothing
about his physical needs, what good is it? In the
same way, faith by itself, if it is not
accompanied by action, is dead. Verses
How necessary are works in
maintaining living faith?
You foolish man, do
you want evidence that faith without deeds is
useless? Was not our ancestor Abraham considered
righteous for what he did when he offered up his
son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith
and his actions were working together, and his
faith was made complete by what he did. And the
scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham
believed God, and it was credited to him as
righteousness, and he was called Gods
friend. You see that a person is justified by
what he does and not by faith alone. In the same
way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered
righteous for what she did when she gave lodging
to the spies and sent them off in a different
direction? As the body and the spirit is dead,
so faith without deeds is dead. Verses
What does the hope of
salvation lead one to do?
Everyone who has this
hope in him purifies himself, just as he
is pure. 1 John 3:3.
Upon what condition are we
made partakers of Christ?
We have come to share
in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the
confidence we had at first. Hebrews
Faith or Feeling
Upon what condition has
God promised us cleansing and the forgiveness of
But if we walk in
the light, as he is in the light, we have
fellowship with one another, and the blood of
Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we
claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and
the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just and will forgive us from
sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:7-9.
Upon what, then, is genuine,
saving faith based?
comes from hearing the message, and the
message is heard through the word of Christ.
What was the cause of
Peters sinking after he had started to meet
the Savior on the stormy sea?
reached out his hand and caught him. You
of little faith, he said,
why did you doubt?
fear of the boisterous sea caused him to doubt
the strength of Gods word, Come.
With what is it our
privilege to be filled?
May the God of hope fill
you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,
so that you may overflow with hope by the power
of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13.
Faith may be strengthened
by daily exercise. It is not some great thing,
done at once for all, that gives individual
faith; but an everyday, simple, childlike trust
in God, and an implicit obedience to His word.
Some make faith a more difficult matter than God
would have them, because they try to embrace too
much at one time. They take on the burdens of
tomorrow or next week, when the Lord supplies
strength only for Today. When tomorrow comes,
grapple with its duties, but not until it does
come. We should remember the precious promise,
And your strength will equal your days.
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