Faith does more than take a person through life day by day. It saves. Faith in Jesus allows us to accept the gift of Salvation and receive the full life God intended for us to have from the beginning.
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1. What is faith?
Faith is believing in what you hope for and the assurance of what you can’t see as Hebrews 1 clearly explains.
2. How necessary is faith?
Hebrews 11:6; Romans 1:16, 17
Faith is essential. Without it, it would be impossible to follow God and be a Christian, for we need to believe in God in order to follow and live as He wants us to.
3. Can a mere assent to the truth save anyone?
James 2:19; Galatians 5:6
It isn’t enough to believe in God, but we must also have faith in Him who has the Power to save us. James makes a great example of this by stating that even Satan knows God is real, so knowing the truth isn’t enough, living by faith is accepting the truth with the addition of acting upon it.
4. How does faith originate?
Faith originates in God who made the whole world and everything in it.
5. On what is saving faith based?
Faith comes through hearing the message of Christ and through much prayer and seeking God, comes to acceptance of truth. However, a faith that saves is not one that humans can acquire on their own. Not by knowing of God and living according to God’s laws can an individual be saved. There is no redemption in human action, only by faith in God and trusting that His grace he gives to us by dying on the cross will save us. This faith, this belief is then visible in the way we live.
“Obedience — the service and allegiance of love — is the true sign of discipleship. . . . Instead of releasing men from obedience, it is faith, and faith only, that makes us partakers of the grace of Christ, which enables us to render obedience. We do not earn salvation by our obedience; for salvation is the free gift of God, to be received by faith. But obedience is the fruit of faith. . . . That so-called faith in Christ, which professes to release men from the obligation of obedience to God, is not faith, but presumption.”
9. How do trials affect faith?
Trials are a test of faith. It is easy to trust God when he commands us to do what we like, the real victory of faith comes when we trust God in the dark and difficulty of life, where faith allows us to see the sunshine again.
10. How does the Christian walk?
2 Corinthians 5:7
The Christian walk is one of faith, where following God trumps everything, including what we can’t understand.
11. How does faith protect us against sin?
Ephesians 6:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:8; 1 John 5:1-4
God’s instruction is always one that will protect us. By loving God and living by faith, we live in obedience to these instructions, and are kept safe from evil and overcome the weakness in our human nature to sin. It is necessary to maintain the relationship with God everyday, to renew the strength of our faith to face the new challenges we face everyday.
12. What is faith’s great purpose?
1 Peter 1:8, 9
To see us through to the end of the life journey and reap the rewards of such faith — experiencing the Salvation God promises.
How has faith helped you on your journey? How important have you found it?