Presentation on theme: "Finding Faith Session 1 – Faith Saves. Using the Dictionary Your Text From the Natural Noun to Spiritual Noun Glory God’s Character Mercy and Truth Majestic."— Presentation transcript:
Using the Dictionary Your Text From the Natural Noun to Spiritual Noun Glory God’s Character Mercy and Truth Majestic beauty and splendor Using the Bible
Using the Dictionary Your Text From the Natural Noun to Spiritual Noun Faith The Purpose Of our Series Confident Belief or Trust in Something Using the Bible
4 3 2 1 The Basics of Faith – Faith Saves The Mind of Faith – Faith Perfects The Refining of Faith – Faith in Suffering The Victory of Faith – Faith in Suffering 5 The Fathers of Faith – Faith in Action 6 The King of Faith – Faith by Example
Faith – the Saving Connection Luke 18:42 Receive your sight Your faith has Saved you 1 Pet 1:9 The end of your faith even the salvation of your souls 1 Pet 1:5 Kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation 2 Tim 3:15 Wise unto salvation through faith Luke 7:50 Your faith has saved you Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith Title Faith and Salvation
A Test “about” Faith What is the main Hebrew root word translated as “ faith ” and “ belief ” in the OT? Q1 Book and Chapter: “ For by grace you are saved through faith ” ? Q5 Where is the concept of faith first found in the Bible? Q4 What does belief have to do with faith in the Bible? Q3 What is the main Greek root word translated as “ faith ” in the NT? Q2 Some Basics on Faith
Persuasion, that is credence, moral conviction, especially reliance on Christ for salvation, Constancy in such profession (460x) (Strongs 4100, 4102) To build up or support, to render (or be) firm, faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet, to go to the right hand – basis for word “Amen” (169x) (Strongs 130,139) Hebrew Aman Greek Pistis Faith Some Hebrew and Greek
Constancy Security Firm Build up Unpacking the Bible Words Faith is something solid and firm, a sure foundation Faith is Persuasion, Active trust and commitment Faith is a noun-verb – both being and doing
Temporal “things which are seen are temporal” Eternal “things which are not seen are eternal Seen Time Space Length Breadth Height Unseen Another Time Not Seen Natural World Spiritual World Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith Connecting To the Spiritual World 2Co 4:18 For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Bible Words plus Bible Verses Faith is the measure of our connection/connecting with the Spiritual World (God and Jesus) Faith is the measure of the reality of Jesus living in us
The Signal Strength The history of the English word Faith is rather interesting than important; use and contexts, alike for it and its Hebrew and Greek parallels, are the surest guides to meaning. But we may note that it occurs in the form "feyth," in Havelok the Dane (13th century); that it is akin to fides and this again to the Sanskrit root bhidh, "to unite," "to bind." It is worth while to recall this primeval suggestion of the spiritual work of faith, as that which, on man's side, unites him to God for salvation.
Important Observations Almost every NT occurrence of word “believe” in NT is root Pistis Faith as a verb Very seldom referred to as simple belief in a creed Faith and intellectual understanding not the same – Faith is much more than understanding The bible use of faith is a compound word with many related ideas associated with it
Faith – A Compound Word Resurrection Active Trust Future Promises GOD Conviction Foundation firmness Connection To Spiritual Seeing The Unseen Characteristics of Faith
Righteousness Faith Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Romans 4:3
Unpacking Abraham’s Faith And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. Gen 15:6 Believed in unseen God He was absolutely sure that God would be able to do what he had promised. Rom 4:21 Unassailable Conviction His faith did not leave him, and he did not doubt God's promise; his faith filled him with power, and he gave praise to God. Rom 4:20 Energizing He was then almost one hundred years old; but his faith did not weaken when he thought of his body, which was already practically dead, or of the fact that Sarah could not have children. Rom 4:19 Believed the impossible As it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations." Abraham acted in faith when he stood in God's presence, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence things that don't even exist. Rom 4:17 Resurrection & Promises Passage
Our Faith The words "he was accepted as righteous" were not written for him alone. (24) They were written also for us who are to be accepted as righteous, who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from death. (25) Because of our sins he was given over to die, and he was raised to life in order to put us right with God. Rom 4:23-25 1.Belief in the unseen God 2.Belief in Resurrection 3.Belief in impossible – We can be made right with God 4.Unassailable Conviction 5.It is Energizing – Results in Action