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  • THE DOCTRINE OF FAITH YES I BELIEVE 1
  • FAITH/REPENTANCE• True faith always merges into repentance, tears of sincere grief over sin lead to a saving trust in God.• Without faith repentance recedes into indifference, or moves on into helpless remorse.• Faith leads the repentant soul to God, first to receive His forgiveness, then to appropriate His resources for daily victory and holiness. 2
  • IMPORTANCE OF FAITH• The importance of faith is indicated by the fact that all men use it as an avenue to access God. Sinners, must use this avenue if they are to be saved.• Saints that are saved by faith through grace must keep on believing in order to continue their walk in God. Initial faith made us His, continuous faith keeps us His. Colossians 2:6 3
  • FAITH BY DEFINITION OR DOCTRINE• Faith is the substance of things hoped for: the evidence of things not seen. Faith is that attitude of mind, which the foundation rock of hope stands. Hebrews 11:1• By faith the believing one is able to penetrate beyond the veil that marks the limit of sense and enters into the region of unseen things. It is receiving the testimony of Christ as truth. Numbers 23:19, Isaiah 7:9, Matthew 8:8-13 4
  • HOW FAITH WORKS?• Dr. R.A Torrey said, “to believe God is to rely upon or have unhesitating assurance of the truth of God’s testimony, even though it is unsupported by any other evidence, and to rely upon and have unfaltering assurance of the fulfillment of His promises, even though everything seems against fulfillment. John 1:12• Faith is the ear that refuses to be troubled any longer by harassing questions and suspicious doubts, but listens to what Jesus says. Romans 10:17, Isaiah 55:3 5
  • BELIEF• Believe is found 247 times in the New Testament, and it kindred term faith is found 244 time, while faithful is found 67 times in the New Testament.• So believe means to persuade, to give credit to, to trust or confide in. In the Old Testament believe means to stay, to support. The English word amen, signifying of a truth or so be it, is also derived from believe. Luke 5:18-20, John 4:46-53, Mark 16:16, Romans 14:23 6
  • NOT BLIND FAITH• The faith that we are speaking about is not a blind faith. It is not an unintelligent act of the mind. It rest upon a knowledge of God as revealed by His Word. Psalms 9:10• Faith through knowledge leads to commitment . 2Timothy 1:12• Without trusting in The Word of God a believer would have nothing to put their faith in. 7
  • ITS NECESSITY• Faith in God is imperative to our Christian life Hebrews 11:6• We will be overtaken by condemnation without the proper faith. Psalms 78:22, Hebrews 3:19• Faith is absolutely essential to salvation. John 3:36• Without the faith God asks for, their can be no access to Him, or blessings from Him. unbelief sets God aside, enthrones self will, and becomes the crowning act of sin. 8
  • ITS SOURCE• Faith is a gift from God resulting from His grace. Acts 15:11, Ephesians 2:8• God gives the believer a measure of Faith so that we can believe in Christ. Romans 12:3, Philippians 1:29• Jesus was our greatest example of faith, and the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:1-2• It must be born in the mind that faith is both a human act and a divine operation. Ephesians 2:8 9
  • ITS WARRANT• Faith in God is no delusion. The warrant of faith accomplishment is The Word of God. Our faith rests not on our accomplishments, not on itself, but it rests completely on Jesus Christ. Mark 11:22, 2Corinthians 5:19• Its power rests in the fact that it unites the needy soul to the strong and all sufficient Lord. 10
  • ITS WORKS• Obedience and service are part of the fruit of saving faith and proof of its genuineness. Romans 4:5; 5:2• We are saved by faith. The believer life is based completely on faith in Christ from beginning to end. 2 Corinthians 1:24; 5:7• There are two people that all things are possible for. 1. God 2. The Believer. Mark 9:23; 10:27 11
  • ITS POWER• Faith links us to the omnipotence of God and makes us more than conquerors. Acts 3:16, Hebrews 11:30• A strong faith in the wrong object can accomplish very little. A weak faith in the right object can accomplish great things. 2Corithians 4:13• The powers of darkness can never stand before the believer, because they are God sent, and God sustained. Acts 6:5-8; 11:24 12
  • ITS TRANSCENDANCY• The clash between Modernism and Fundamentalism has brought the issue of faith versus reason to the forefront. Liberals deny the miraculous elements of the Bible. Conservatives hold that faith transcends reason.• There are things about God that faith must accept and reason cannot explain. Faith does not contradict reason it just rises above it. 13
  • ITS QUALITY• THERE ARE VARIOUS ASPECTS AND DEGREES OF FAITH:• NO FAITH Deuteronomy 32:20• LITTLE FAITH Matthew 14:31• WEAK FAITH Romans 14:1• DEAD FAITH James 2:17• VAIN FAITH 1Corinthians 15:14• GREAT FAITH Luke 7:9• FULL OF FAITH Acts 11:24• STEDFAST FAITH Colossians 2:5• RICH FAITH James 2:5• UNFEIGNED FAITH 1Timothy 1:5• PRECIOUS FAITH 2Peter 1:1• HOLY FAITH Jude 20 14