Lessons


Faith is:

  1. Belief—acceptance of facts supported by evidence. Belief is based on examination of the evidence. Your investigation of the evidence leads you to a rational decision to agree with the facts. Your evidence verifies information.
  2. Acts 17:2-3

    As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, [3] explaining and proving that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead. "This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ," he said.

    John 20:26-31

    A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" [27] Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." [28] Thomas said to him, "My Lord and my God!" [29] Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." [30] Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. [31] But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

     

  3. Trust—confidence in the object of faith. Trust is based on personal confidence in the object of your belief. Therefore I trust it." The evidence has proven the object of your faith to be valid, so you exercise personal confidence in it.

John 1:12

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--

2 Cor. 13:5-7

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you--unless, of course, you fail the test? [6] And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test. [7] Now we pray to God that you will not do anything wrong. Not that people will see that we have stood the test but that you will do what is right even though we may seem to have failed.

3. Action—personal involvement. This part of faith take personal commitment. It means pinning your hopes on something and then relaxing. In the airplane example, this would mean boarding the plane, sitting in the seat, and letting it carry you to your destination.

Daniel 3:22-28

The king's command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, [23] and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace. [24] Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, "Weren't there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?" They replied, "Certainly, O king." [25] He said, "Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods." [26] Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, "Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!" So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, [27] and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them. [28] Then Nebuchadnezzar said, "Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king's command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.

Examples how your faith is real:

Matthew 5:13 (Finds ways to make a difference in the world)

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.

Matthew 5:14 (Apparent to others)

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.

Matthew 5:17 (Involved in obedience)

"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

 

Story

In the early 1900’s a famous acrobat scheduled his ultimate performance at Niagara Falls. Thousands gathered to watch him walk a tightrope across those roaring waters. First he walked across by himself. Then he pushed a wheelbarrow with 200 pounds of material in it. After that amazing feat, the acrobat asked the crowd, "How many of you believe I could push a man across in a wheelbarrow?" Hundreds roared their approval. "Who would be willing to go?" Suddenly, all those hundreds of people with "faith" in the acrobat backed down. Finally, the acrobat’s manager climbed in the wheelbarrow and was wheeled safely across. Of all those "believers," only one man had real faith.

 

 

 

Why do you believe in God?

Does your life show that you trust God?