Faith


Lesson Purpose: The purpose of this lesson is to teach that faith is not something we practice on Sunday by going to church or saying our goodnight prayers but a way of life that infects every aspect of our daily routines.  It is the rock that provides forgiveness for the past, guidance for today and hope for the future.  It is Christian faith that causes us to adhere to the teachings of the Bible as a rule book for living our lives.   It is not based on blind belief but historical facts as related in the Scriptures, the external and internal inspiration of the Scriptures and the experience of living a Christ center life based on faith.

 
Outline

 

Faith Defined

Faith the Way to God

Faith by the Word

Elements of Genuine Faith

Made Right with God by Faith

Living and Conquering by Faith

Examples of Faith

Who God Uses

 

Defined: Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen.  In a religious sense faith is applied particularly to God or to Christ, the author and finisher of our faith.  Belief generally indicates intellectual assent to the evidence establishing the claims of the Scriptures. Faith implies a confidence or trust which comes after the belief has been established

 
Faith Defined

 

Heb. 11:1 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

 

2 Cor. 5:7 For we live by believing and not by seeing.

 

2 Cor. 4:18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

 

Romans 8:23-25 And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. 24 We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. 25 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)

 

1 Cor. 2:9-16 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”

 

 Faith the Way to God

 

Heb 11:6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

 

1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us.

 

John 3:36 And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.”

 

Faith by the Word

 

Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.

 

John 20:31 But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.

 

1 John 5:9-11 Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the greater testimony that comes from God. And God has testified about his Son. 10 All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son.

 

11 And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.

 

4. Elements of Genuine Faith

 

Romans 10:9-10 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

 

James 2:17-20 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. 18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” 19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20 How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?

 

Made Right with God by Faith

 

John 3:16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

 

Romans 3:28 So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.

 

Galatians 3:11 So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”

 

Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

 

6. Living and Conquering by Faith

 

Ephesians 3:12 Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

 

John 8:31-32 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

 

Mk 11:22-24 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. 23 I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. 24 I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.

 

Hebrews13:5-6 Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” 6 So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?”

 

7. Examples of Faith

 

Hebrews 11:4 It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.

 

Hebrews 11:17 It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac,

 

8. Who God Uses - The next time you feel like GOD can't use you, just remember...

 

Noah was a drunk, Abraham was too old, Isaac was a daydreamer, 

 

Jacob was a liar, Leah was ugly, Joseph was abused, 

 

Moses had a stuttering problem, Gideon was afraid, 

 

Samson had long hair and was a womanizer, Rahab was a prostitute,

 

Jeremiah and Timothy were too young, David had an affair and was a murderer, 

 

Elijah was suicidal, Isaiah preached naked, Jonah ran from God,

 

Naomi was a widow, Job went bankrupt, John the Baptist ate bugs,

 

Peter denied Christ, The Disciples fell asleep while praying,

 

Martha worried about everything, The Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once,

 

Zaccheus was too small, Paul was too religious,

Timothy had an ulcer --- AND,Lazarus was dead! 


Outline is from the Dixon Analytical Bible

Scripture is from the New Living Bible courtesy of www.biblegateway.com

Arranged and modified by HKM 09/20/2010