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  1. What is Faith?Sin is the problem & Jesus is the solution-How Do We Receive Salvation through Jesus?Acts 20:20-21 (NIV)You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but havetaught you publicly and from house to house. I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that theymust turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.Definition of RepentanceThe Greek word for repentance is metanoia. It means to change one’s mind.The Hebrew word for repentance is shub. It means to turn back, return, return to the startingpoint, restore and come back home again.Repentance is a change of mind, which leads to a change of heart, which leads to a change inactions. This change involves both a turning from sin and a turning to God.Definition of FaithThe Greek word for faith is pistis. It means conviction, confidence, trust, belief, reliance,trustworthiness, and firm persuasion.What is Faith?Belief → Trust → EmbraceHead → Heart → ActionWhat is Repentance? 1. Conviction of Sin 2. Confession of Sin 3. Turning from sin to God 4. Restitution through Jesus 5. RestorationOne Who is Truly Repentant 1. Realizes in their heart that they have sinned against God and deserve to be punished. 2. Agrees with God that they deserve judgment, hell and the wrath of God because of their sin. 3. Understands that sin cannot exist in the presence of God for His holiness will not allow it. 4. Knows there is nothing they can do in order to make themselves right with God for their sin. 5. Accepts what the gospel says with joy and turn in their hearts from sin to God placing their faith in Jesus and everything He did for them. 6. Lives a life in keeping with repentance.What is Faith?Example of Faith: Falling Off a CliffIf you fell off a cliff and spotted a branch on the way down that you could grab it would not do youany good no matter how much faith you have if you don’t grab it. But even if you have just a littlefaith and reach for the branch it will save you. What matters most is the object of our faith nothow much faith you have.What is the Basis for Faith in Jesus? 1. Nature and character of God 2. Holy Spirit 3. Word of God
  2. John Stott“A reasoning trust, a trust which reckons thoughtfully and confidently upon the trustworthiness ofGod.”What the New Testament Tell Us about FaithHebrews 11:1 (NKJ)Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.John 1:12-13 (NIV)Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to becomechildren of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husbandswill, but born of God.Romans 3:21-26 (NKJ)But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Lawand the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on allwho believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus whom God setforth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because inHis forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrateat the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who hasfaith in Jesus.Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the giftof God — not by works, so that no one can boast.Philippians 3:9 (NIV)…and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but thatwhich is through faith in Christ — the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believethat he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.Romans 14:23 (NIV)…everything that does not come from faith is sin.When we repent and believe we are reversing what we did when we rebelled against God. Ourdoubts about God led us to unbelief which led us to turn away from Him to be our own gods. 1. Unbelief 1. Repentance Summary:  2. Idolatry 2. Faith Rebellion  Surrender  SubmissionPaul WasherYou see, to repent is to realize that all your thinking, your entire view about reality was wrong.And then to see and to submit to God’s truth...Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords and all those who are His submit to His rule by trustingand obeying Him.Paul TrippThe fundamental difference between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of self is captured byone question. Who resides at the center? 2

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