Faith, Hope & Love 12/9/2019
What is faith?
1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Faith - Faithlife Study Bible Faith
In the New Testament, the noun “faith” (pistis in Greek) and the related verb “believe” (pisteuō) both occur over 200 times, while the adjective “faithful” (pistos)
Conviction- Proof, evidence
Faith is a gift.
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—
The life of Faith
The stormy faith
18 When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake.
23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
The walk it out faith.
10 But Joshua had commanded the army, “Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!”
The understanding faith
5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” 7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” 8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.
13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.
Why have faith in God?
God is Omnipotent - My God is all powerful
2 “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
God is Omniscient - My God is all knowing
4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. 5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? 6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone— 7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?
4 He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. 5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.
God is Omnipresent - My God is ever-present.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
How to have faith in God?
17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
2 I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard?
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.