foundation truthlesson 3 - Faith
WHAT IS THE SECOND WORD OF THE GOSPEL?
The second word of the Gospel is “Believe.”
- Jesus preached repentance and faith. Mark 1:15
- Paul preached repentance and faith. Acts 20:21
- The second principle of the doctrine of Christ is faith toward God. Hebrews 6:1
HOW IMPORTANT IS FAITH?
Faith is the foundation of the entire Christian life. “He that comes to God must believe…” Hebrews 11:6
“The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17; Habakkuk 2:4. Nothing can be known or received from God unless man first believes in His existence; and secondly, God has revealed Himself in His Word, the
Bible. Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38
WHAT IS FAITH?
“Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title-deed) of the things (we) hope for, being the proof of things (we) do not see and the conviction of their reality – faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to his senses.” Hebrews 11:1 (AMP)
- Faith (noun) – belief, firm persuasion, assurance, firm conviction, honesty, integrity, truthfulness.
- Believe (verb) – to trust in; put faith in, confide in, rely on a person, or thing; have a mental persuasion; to entrust, commit to the charge or power of.
WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF TRUE FAITH?
The only source of true biblical faith is the Word of God. There are two different Greek words translated “Word of God.”
“In the beginning was the Word” (the Logos). John 1:1 The Logos is the written Word of God, the Bible.
“Faith comes by hearing…the Word (the Rhema) of God.” Romans 10:4, 16-17 The Rhema is the result of the Holy Spirit causing the Bible to come alive to us personally. The result of this is faith.
The Word of God comes in a variety of ways:
- The Word is spoken in creation. Genesis 1; John 1:1-3
- The prophetic Word. II Peter 1:20-21
- The written Word (Logos). Luke 24:44
- The Living Word (Jesus Christ). John 1:1-3, 14
Read the faith chapter, Hebrews 11, and see how each of these faith heroes received a word from God.
The manner in which Abraham manifests faith is the manner in which we must manifest faith: Hebrews 11:8-12; Romans 4:16-22.
- He heard the word.
- He hoped concerning the future as a result of his faith in the present.
- He refused to accept the evidence of his senses.
- He did not waver in his commitment.
- He rejoiced in the word as an accomplished fact.
Scriptural faith is a condition of the heart, not the mind. It is in the present, not the future. It produces a positive change in behavior and experience. It is based solely on God’s Word and accepts the testimony of the senses only when it agrees with the text of God’s Word. It is expressed by confession with the mouth.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF FAITH?
Yes, the Bible teaches that there are various levels or measures of faith. Il Thessalonians 3:2. This verse also teaches that unbelievers do not have biblical faith.
- God gives every believer the measure of faith. Romans 12:3-6
- Faith is like a seed that has the potential to grow.
- Examples of Faith:
- Little faith. Matthew 6:30
- Great faith. Matthew 8:10
- Perfect faith. James 2:22
- All faith. I Corinthians 13:2
HOW DO WE APPROPRIATE FAITH?
- Locate the promise in God’s Word that fits the need. Philippians 4:19: “For all the promises of God in Him are
Yes, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” II Corinthians 1:20
- Fulfill all the conditions attached to that need. Isaiah 1: 19-20; Psalm 37:5: “Commit your way unto the Lord; trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”
- With patience, accept the trying of your faith and God’s’ testing of your faith in the Word. Hebrews 6:12-15; Psalm 105:19; James 1:3-4: “Knowing, that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
- We must firmly and positively claim the fulfillment of the promise. II Peter 1:3-4. Our confession should always be in harmony with God’s Word. Hebrews 3:1; I John 5:14: “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.”
Actively appropriating faith is one of the keys to a victorious Christian life. “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. ” Hebrews 12:2
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About the Author: Dr. Dale Yerton
Dr. Yerton serves as an overseer of a network of churches across the world. What began as a network of six church groups representing 500 churches in Mexico has grown into an international ministry.
He and Evelyn, his wife over fifty years, live in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. They have two daughters: Lora–married to the Rev. Vince Farrell, pastors of Journey Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky–and Kari—also of Hopkinsville–and are the proud grandparents of Emma and Bennett Farrell.