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The importance of FAITH Part 2
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What is FAITH
Faith is not a feeling, an opinion or a hunch.
It is solid enough to undergird our hopes and
to prove the things we have not seen. Both
words substance and evidence- tell us that faith
must be founded on fact or it is not faith at
all. If confidence and proof have no
foundation, we are guilty of merely wishing or
dreaming. And wishing does not make it so.
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The great heroes of faith in Hebrews 11 were men
and women who had enough proof to have complete
confidence in the promises of God.
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What is FAITH
By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent
sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness
that he was righteous, God testifying of his
gifts and by it he being dead yet speaks
(Hebrews 114). Unless God had revealed to Abel
and to Cain what He expected of them, He was
arbitrary and capricious (mere opinion or random
choice) in dealing with them.
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They had to know what God wanted from them. So
then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the
word of God (Romans 1017). God spoke to Cain
and to Abel they either trusted what he said or
they did not.
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Abel trusted God and complied with the Lords
commands. Cain did not trust him and was
condemned for his lack of faith and
faithfulness. Moses is another example of
complete trust in the promises of God.
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What is FAITH
By faith Moses, when he was come to years,
refused to be called the son of Pharaohs
daughter. Choosing rather to suffer affliction
with the people of God, than to enjoy the
pleasures of sin for a season (Hebrews 1124-25).
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If God had not spoken to Moses or if he had
talked out of both sides of His mouth, Moses
would not have had confidence enough to trust
what God said. He would have been foolish to
sacrifice his position and power in Egypt for
weak or nonexistent promises.
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God had been faithful in his dealings with Moses
and the Israelites so Moses had every reason to
trust in Gods word.
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What is FAITH
FAITH AND KNOWLEDGE Unbelievers often accuse
Christians of leaving their brains outside the
church building when they go to study Gods word
and to worship God. Hebrews 118,17
says (Hebrews 117) By faith Abraham . . .
obeyed. By faith Abraham . . . offered up Isaac
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These examples connect faith with works or
obedience. What right have we to disconnect what
God has connected? "We are not saved by faith
alone. We are not saved by works alone. We are
saved by a faith which works by love.
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What is FAITH
No New Testament writer makes plainer or more
emphatic the truth that faith and works are
interrelated than James. How much good does
faith do for the poor when it says, Be warmed
and filled, and does not provide food, clothing
and shelter?
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What does it profit, my brethren, though a man
say he has faith and have not works? Can faith
save him? (James 214) As vital as faith is
and salvation without faith is impossible
(Hebrews 116)
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DOES FAITH ALONE SAVE? You see then how that by
works a man is justified, and not by faith only
(James 224).
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What is FAITH
We are not saved by faith alone. We are not saved
by works alone. We are saved by a faith which
works by love (Galatians 56). Faith based on the
truth of Gods word provides a solid foundation
for time and for eternity. Without faith it is
impossible to please God (Hebrews 116).
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But faith alone is not faith at all it is a dead
faith. For as the body without the spirit is
dead, so faith without works is dead also (James
226).
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  • A. WHAT IS FAITH?
  • Intellectual belief in specific facts based upon
    evidence.
  • Trust - a Reliance upon God loyalty even in the
    most difficult times.

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3. Commitment a dedication or surrender of
oneself acceptance of responsibility 4.
Conviction - deep rooted beliefs which are not
easily abandoned. 5. Steadfastness - the
ability to stick at it.
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B. WHAT FAITH IS NOT? Legalism- an unwarranted
dedication to the obedience of rules and
regulations. A leap in the dark- "blind faith"-
This is obstinate optimism based on wishful
hoping, mindless without reason or evidence.
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  • B. WHAT FAITH IS NOT?
  • NOTE - that the church of Rome
  • makes a distinction between-
  • EXPLICIT faith - Belief in
  • something understood.
  • b) IMPLICIT faith- Unquestioning agreement to
    whatever is taught by the church.

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  • C. THE GROWTH OF FAITH.
  • By the Word of God Romans 1017 John 2030-31
    Galatians 35.
  • 2. By Prayer Philippians 4 6-7
  • 3. By Meditation Psalm 12
  • 4. By Fellowship with Gods people Acts 247.
  • 5. By putting belief into practice 2 Peter 15-8.

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C. THE GROWTH OF FAITH. FAITH is ALWAYS ACTIVE
NEVER PASSIVE "FAITH is like a muscle - it will
only Grow through exercise". FAITH is NEVER
ALONE
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  • D. THE EVIDENCE OF FAITH
  • Holiness
  • 2. Good works James 214-26
  • 3. Peace with God Romans 51 Philippians 46-7.
  • 4. Sharing your Faith Acts 413
  • 5. Confidence in the promises of God 1 John 417

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E. The FRUITS of faith upon becoming a
Christian. 1. The forgiveness of sins. Acts
1043 2. Justification Romans 51 3. Salvation
Mark 1616 4. Sanctification Acts 159 5.
Freedom from spiritual death John 1125-26 6.
Spiritual life John 2031. 7. Eternal life John
315-16
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E. The FRUITS of faith upon becoming a
Christian. 8. Adoption John 112 9. Access to
God Ephesians 312 Isaiah 591 10. Security
Romans 831-39 11. Inheritance Acts 2618 12.
Peace with God Romans 51 13. Attitude of
service Titus 214 14. Need to use our talents
James 224
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HOMEWORK 1. Chain reference on Faith Hebrews
116 Hebrews 111 Romans 51 Galatians 326
Romans 1017 John 2030-31 2. READ Luke 15
11-32.
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