Faith and Its importance in Christian Life: Steps to improve in Faith by Br. Sarath Thomas Chamakalayil
FAITH POWER POINT COMPETITION
BR. SARATH THOMAS CHAMAKALAYIL
Without faith it's impossible to please God (Heb.
11:6), so our relationship with the Lord is dependent on
it. Faith is what brings the things God has provided for us
from the spiritual realm into the physical realm (Heb.
Our faith is the victory that enables us to overcome
the world (1 John 5:4). Everything the Lord does for us is
accessed through faith. Yet there is much confusion about
faith today just as there has always been
• Some revolutionary teachings and ideas have
emerged , there faith has been reduced to a mere
Abanding faith In God is the first step to enjoy
life.there is no life to come , only a life in the
present, which we must enjoy as much as
possible . So eat ,drink and make merry.
The priest has simply invented his God to as a
means of legitimising his own passions and
suppressing those of others.
“ There is no need for a priest, every one is a
priest. On the pre test of helping people to get
heaven , the priests and the bishops makes the
people’s life miserable.” Voltaire.
Secularization and radicalization
became necessary to asses religious
notions. Faith became just remains a
The masters of modernity believed in
human reason’s power to combat
ignorance, superstition and tyranny to
build a better world.
we maintain a world view that the world
is an unfinished existence or it is
something in the process of development
“Religion is the projection of
the human needs, and the
expression of the uttered
sorrow of the soul”.
“We invent God in order to
explain the unexplainable”.
Religion is only a
to explain the
people by forcing
to contemplate its
WHERE EXISTS THE FREQUENCY OF OUR FAITH….??
“The most significant predicament of the modernity
is the disappearance of transcendence.”
THE QUESTION RAISES HERE………
The previous slides just stated only some of the
arguments of this modern world. It is the period of
development and liberalisation. So these ideas will be
inculcated even by children.
So are we able to make people conscious about it.?
Are we able to defend these arguments and
propagate reasonably our faith ?
WHAT IS NEEDED HERE………
If we cant answer to these questions our vocation will
remain as a question in front of the modern people.
We should not neglect the fact that the faith in God is
diminishing day by day from the minds of the people.
So here NEEDS an intellectual earth quake in our
life and also in the church as comparable to the life of
the copernican revolution.
THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH
“There is a two fold order of
knowledge, and with regard to the
source, we know in one by natural
reason, the other by divine faith.”
WHY IS FAITH SO IMPORTANT FOR CHRISTIANS?
• Faith is the cornerstone of all Christians. It is how the
disciples were able to preach and change the world.
• Faith is the source of a Christian's strength and places
them in God's plan for mankind.
• Through faith Christians anticipate the future of God's
promises and act in faith in their day-to-day activity
knowing they are in God's plan.
When Christians act out on their faith, it is the evidence of
things not seen
Without Christian faith there is no substance, no purpose, or strength
in a person's life. People may have faith in other gods, themselves, or
material things, but this type of faith is temporal and does not rely
upon God's truth.
• Without faith in Jesus Christ, all is vanity with no purpose or hope.
• Jesus Christ came on this Earth to offer faith to all of mankind that
everyone can be part of God's plan for eternal life and meaningful
• Faith allows Christians to rise above earthly experience and
participate in God's plan
The word faith is used only two times in the Old Testament
(Habakuk 2:4, Deuteronomy 32:20) and 243 times in the New
Testament. This in itself is a sign of the moving away from
living under the law in the Old Testament, to living by faith in
the New Testament.
In Hebrews 11:6 Paul tells us: But without faith it is impossible to
please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and
that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
If, without faith, it is impossible to please God, it would be a desperate
panic to live a lifetime waiting for the promise of salvation after death
and at the last moment to doubt, having never seen the word of faith in
action during our lifetime
STEPS TO IMPROVE IN FAITH
"I tell you, if anyone believes in Me, he will do the [kind of] things that I do; and greater
things he will do, because I go to the Father."(John 14:12)
1. Feed your faith: receive a measure of faith from God, through
receiving the Word of God -- by studying the Bible. According to
Romans 10:17, "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the
Word of God.
2. Be born again as a believer by repentance (turning around) and
continuing in Christ, so that you will receive within you a measure of
faith and the Spirit of God.
3. Love your brother. How can you love God whom you have
not seen -- if you cannot love your brother whom you have
seen. God will reveal Himself to you through His people, His
love, through His son, His Word, and by the Holy Spirit, the
Spirit of Christ. Galatians 5:6 says that faith works by love
4. Having faith to move problems as mountains is simply
trusting God to keep His Word. Believe that God cannot lie.
5. Fellowship with Him and as this develops you
will come to agree with those who trust God.
For where there are two or three gathered
together in my name, there am I in the midst of
6. Cultivate your faith by giving Him the
opportunity to reveal Himself to you.
7. Act on your faith Faith is expressed by actions not just thoughts and
words. Never stop meditating on these teachings. “You must think about
them night and day so that you will faithfully do what is in them. Only
then will you prosper and succeed." (Joshua 1:8).
Notice in Mark 9:23 that Jesus said that all things are possible to him
that believes. "To believe" is a verb that requires action. If no action
were necessary, Jesus would have said, "All things are possible to him
that has faith.
8. Think on the Word of God That meditation on the Word then reveals
how to act upon the Word. Your confessing, testifying of the Word and
things of God is part of that prayer and meditation
8. Build your faith by saying one thing and thinking that same
thing and acting it out honestly, not by just pretending. 'We
become what we think about.'“
9. Edify yourself through faith which is also developed
through praying in the language of the spirit (Jude 20)
10. Spend time each day, praying and meditating in the
Word in your native language and also in other tongues, and
you can keep your spirit active instead of being
passive. Scriptures say: "But ye, beloved, building up
yourselves in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy
Ghost." Jude 1:20
9.Let God inhabit your meditations and praises and grow in
your being. Meditating on the Word and agreeing together
can cause you to be able to believe God's Word enough to
act upon it in faith.
10. Refuse to accept doubt. Begin to praise God when
negative thinking comes to your mind then replace that with
If you do believe Him, then you will have plenty of praise for
Him. He lives in and through His people who believe Him:
" God inhabits the praises of Israel [his people, the believers
who do His will]
11. Investigate why God inhabits the praises of His
people: It was an honour to God, that the tabernacle tent
made way for the temple of stone, but now He is within
you.So, the tabernacle makes way for the faithful spirit as
God's favoured dwelling.
12.Follow Jesus by faith into the active nature of Christ in
the chosen and anointed life, way and the truth: so the
redeemed, contrite, faithful human spirit may represent
his favoured temple that He wants to inhabit.
Remember our God is not simply an empirical hypothesis
that can be checked out by scientific reason. We are really
created to be with God in faith. If that relationship is
absent, we will experience an existential vacuum.
so we can pray together with St. Augustine “ God you
have made us for yourself and our heart is restless until it
find rest in you.”