What we believe will be our philosophy of liveEverybody has a type of philosophy of life
Everyone believes something. When it comes to spirituality, those beliefs become focused on lifes big questions.What you believe is important. It influences your whole life.
“People almost invariablyarrive at their beliefs not onthe basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.” --Blaise Pascal (17th century French philosopher)
Why do you believe what you believe? SOCIO- PSYCHO- RELIGI- PHILO- BIBLICALLOGICAL LOGICAL OUS SOPHICAL TRUTHREASONS REASONS REASONS REASONS Parents Comfort Scripture Consistency Accurate Exegesis Friends Peace of mind Pastor/Priest Coherence Biblical, Society Meaning Guru Completeness Theological Systematic Culture Purpose Rabbi Coherence Geography Hope Imam Community Identity Church Peer Pressure Feelings or Tradition Intuition MysticismAdapted from: James Sire, “Why Should Anyone Believe Anything At All” in Telling the Truth, D.A. Carson, ed.
One goal of Systematic Theologyis to: (1) expose inadequatejustifications for belief and (2) provide a solid basis forvalidating or invalidating truthclaims.
Why do you believe the Bible?Because your parents told you to?Because your friend said so?Because some pastor said so?Because the Bible is true?
What is the properbasis for your belief in the Bible ? What is the proper basis for ANY belief ?
The way the enemy works is throughignorance, Gods Word says my peopleperish for the lack of knowledge.You have to know that you have the facts- it amazes me how many people operatetheir lives based on misinformation, &they are so dogmatic about it - all theyhave is a piece of the informationhowever they are missing a few keypieces of information. Make sure you have the facts before you base your life on something!
Jury duty and Christian Faith Deciding whether the claim that “the Bible is true” is very much like deciding if someone is guilty of a crime A jury must hear all evidence and decide if the evidence are trustworthy or not
Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substanceof things hoped for, the evidence ofthings not seen.1Peter 3:15 be ready always to give ananswer to everyone who asks you areason of the hope in you, withmeekness and fear
God did not ask us to have BLIND faith Heb. 11:6
“no truth is truly yours until you ear it, find it, believe it and aply it for yourself in the Word of God.” I must have a personal faith and belief in God’s Word.
By knowing what is real and true, we can discern and distinguish truth from error. The Berean’s in Acts 17:11 were commended by the Apostle Paul, not because they accepted what he taught, hook, line, and sinker, but because “they searched the scripture daily to see if what he taught was true.”
We need to know God’s Word that way. If we do, we will not be influenced by false teachers from within and without. We will be able to help not only ourselves stay true to the “faith once for all delivered to the saints,” but will be able to teach others.
We must follow the teaching Paul gave in 2 Tim. 2:2. It is there that he told Timothy to teach the Word to faithful men, who would likewise teach faithful ones.By following this excellent procedure, we can be faithful to the Word and know that we are helping future generations understand the importance of studying and passing on God’s Word to others!
Looking for Praises of Man John 5:44 “How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?” (NIV) “No wonder you cant believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you dont care about the honor that comes from the one who alone is God.” (NLT) “How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?” (NASB)
Which receive honour one of another - Who arestudious of praise, and live for pride, ambition, andvainglory. This desire, Jesus says, was the greatreason why they would not believe on him. They were unwilling to renounce their worldly honors, and become the followers of one so humble and unostentatious as he was. They expected a Messiah of pomp and splendor, and would not submit to one so despised and of so lowly a rank. Had the Messiah come, as they expected, with pomp and power, it would have been an honor, in their view, to follow him; as it was, they despised and rejected him.
The great reason why multitudes do not believe is their attachment to human honors, or their pride, and vanity, and ambition.These are so strong, that while they continue they cannot and will not believe. They might, however, renounce these things, and then, the obstacles being removed, they would believe.
The honor which comes from men is their praise, flattery, commendation; the honor thatcomes from God is his approbation for doing his will. God alone can confer the honors of heaven - the reward of having done our duty here. That we should seek, and if we seek that, we shall come toChrist, who is the way and the life.
Unbelief John 12:37In, even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, some of them still would not believe in Him.It does not mean that everyone who sees the miraculous signs will become Christian.
Unbelief ‘Apistea’Strong’s definition: 1. Lacking confidence in the performer, unfaithfulness, faithless 2. Want of faith, unbelief 3. Weakness of faithDescription: Doubting God’s willingness or ability to alter the circumstances one is in.
Mat. 13:58 “And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief” (apistea).Rom. 4:20 “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief (apistea); but was strong in faith giving glory to God.”
The Effects of UnbeliefUnbelief causes your faith to become unproductive Jesus said to the disciples – Mat.17: 19,20 – “because of your unbelief”Unbelief causes faith to be ineffectual
Unbelief shifts attention away from the truth to the insignificant and trivial as a means of escape or self-justification.The person controlled by unbelief scoffs at the answers to his questions and he brings up even more objections.
The evidence before those in Nazareth was clear and overwhelming. Jesus is the Messiah. But the evidence wasunimportant to them for theywere controlled by their sinful hearts of unbelief.
3 things that feed unbelief:Familiarity,Offense, andLack of honor. The people asked, "Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary...?" They knew Jesus as a man and therefore were unable to receive from Him according to the Spirit.
In Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians, he said: "For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe." (1 Thes. 2:13) He commended them for looking past the natural and receiving Gods Word from their lips as if God Himself had stood in their midst and spoke it. And notice he said this kind of receptivity causes the Word to "effectively work in you who believe."
Unbelief Does Not Hinder God Rom.3:3For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without an effect? Unbelief doesnt destroy God; Noé and the it doesnt destroy His plan; it generation in which he doesnt destroy His works; it lived only destroys the unbeliever. Unbelief only destroys the unbeliever
Youre controlled by two elements:Either you believe, oryou do not believe
For the believer that receives it...It isnt ridiculous to him because by that is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things he cant see, taste, feel, smell, or hear. But he knows its there.Its not ridiculous to him because its just as good as done. See? He dont have to worry anything about it. He knows God told it, and God said it; thats enough for him
Jesus already providedForgivenessHealingDeliveranceProsperity
We have to quit trying to get God to do something and start believing whatHe already has done
Doubt Mark 9The man says “if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us”. Jesus replies, “‘If you can?’”
When there is uncertainty and anxiety, there is an element of doubt
Jesus was clearly disappointed with this man’s doubt. Yet he does not banish the man from his presence until he could muster up faith, or at least hide his doubts. Rather, Jesus tells him that everything is possible for one who believes.
Here, Jesus reveals the true nature of the situation. This man, half doubting, half desperately hoping that Jesus can help him out, approaches Jesus and begs him to do what he can. Jesus tells the man that the question is not if He can heal the man’s son. There is no “if” about that. The question is whether the man knows Jesus can heal his son. The issue was not with Jesus. It was with the man
When we doubt God’s goodness, it is not because God is not good. It is because we lack understanding. When we doubt that God is real, it is not because of a lack of evidence. It is because there is something blocking us from seeing all the evidence.
At a fundamental level, I think many of us hide our doubts from God because we are worried that our doubt reveals some deficiency in God. Not so. It reveals a deficiency in us. That is why we need to admit it to God like every other deficiency so that he can help us with it. Understanding this is pivotal
Jesus reveals that the problem is in the man. The man’s response, in Mark 9, should be ours as well. He cries out “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” He confesses both his faith and his doubt. Does God like it when we doubt him? Probably not. But God is a God of truth, and He loves honesty!
Any confessionof faith in the midst of doubt is extremely glorifying to God
It is easy to have faith when everything makes sense.It is difficult and painful to trust God and live for Him when things don’t seem to add up When you doubt, be honest. Lay bare your thoughts before God. The deficiency is in you, not in God. Show that you believe that by presenting your doubts to God and asking him to help you understand
Let our response in the midst of doubt be: “God, this does not make sense! I do not understand, but I want to. I know what the Bible says about you, but certain things I experience and have learned don’t match up with it. Help me. You are a God of truth. You are not afraid of questions. You promise that those who seek you will find you. God, I am seeking. I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Have Faith Heb.11:1,2Key Greek word NIV NRSV KJVpistis Now faith is Now faith is Now faith ishupostasis being sure the the of what assurance substance we hope of things of things for hoped for, hoped for, elenchos and certain the the of what conviction evidence we do not of things of things see. not seen. not seen.
What is faith? An assumption that Gods promises are to be believed because God is considered faithful (pistos), "worthy of belief or trust, trustworthy, faithful, dependable, inspiring trust or faith.“ Ultimately our faith rises and falls on what we think of God. Do we believe He is trustworthy? Do we believe He rewards seekers, or is indifferent to their quest? Upon these things hinge our faith
h is An inner assurance, a convictionFait about the things that cant be seen with the human eye. The natural man says, "Show me and then Ill believe!" But it works the other way around. The spiritual man says, "I believe, and now I can see!"
The natural man doesnt have thespiritual tools to comprehend:"Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of Gods Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are spiritually discerned."1 Cor. 2:14
h isFait Faith, then, is a gift that God gives us to lay hold of the unseen but very real spiritual realities of the Kingdom of God.
h isWhen you beleive that what GodFait said is true and receive what He’s already provided Faith isn’t something you do and then, God responds to you. If hold to this concept in any form or fashion, you think that: God is looking at your Bible study, prayer, holiness and goodness When you do enough, God will release his power
If you think that way, you aren’t operating in true biblical faithFaith is not anything you do to get God to do something.
Faith Brings Understanding of God Heb.11:3"By faith we understand that the universe was formed at Gods command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible." (11:3)
Heres a basic element of faith: the belief that in the beginning only God existed. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth," and that before the universe existed, there was no matter. "Universe" (NIV) or "worlds" (KJV, NRSV) is aiōn. It can refer to "the past" or and "age." Here it refers to "the world as a spatial concept" (BDAG 32-33). That everything came about by Gods creation, something from nothing (ex nihilo). By faith we understand (noeō), that is we "grasp or comprehend something on the basis of careful thought, perceive, apprehend, understand, gain an insight into." "Formed" (NIV), "prepared" (NRSV), "framed" (KJV) is katartizō, "to prepare for a purpose, prepare, make, create, outfit" (BDAG 526).
Faith Pleases God Heb.11:6"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."
Pleases God How ? Believe that He exists. This in itself is not faith, but a precursor to faith. James says, "You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that -- and shudder" (James 2:19). Nevertheless, it is a first step. Believe that he rewards those who seek after him. That is, He will reward or recompense people who seek him out.
Faith Consideres God Faithful Heb.11:11“By faith Abraham ... was enabled to become a father because he considered Him faithful Who had made the promise.”
You can make up your owngod, a god that fits all your preconceptions.Or you can study what Godreveals about Himself, and from that data seek to understand more about Him.
Faith Responds PositiveFaith respondes positive to what God has already accomplished by and in JesusFaith is how you appropriate and receive what God has already provided
Faith responds positive to what was already done by and in JESUS. He saved us He healed us He blessed us
Faith only appropriates what God has already provided by JesusIf God hasn’t already provided it, your faith can’t make God do anything! The reason you can’t go out and sucessfully rob a bank using Mark 11:24 is because God didn’t provid for thievery in His atonement. jesus didn’t provide the means to steal, commit murder or adultery...
We have to quit trying to get God to do something and start believing whatHe already has done
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“By whose stripes we were (past tense) healed” I Ped.2:24How can you doubt that He will do what He’s already done? This understanding takes all the struggle out of our lives