“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
People cannot live without exercising some sort of faith.
Christians cannot live without faith in God.
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
“The righteous shall live by faith.”
Believing is essential for salvation—Saving Faith!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.”
“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.”
“…but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”
“And they said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ ”
“…because, 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. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
Aspects that are essential for true faith
1. Saving faith is faith in the person and work of Christ.
2. It is the belief that the content of the Christian gospel is true.
3. Saving faith is placing trust in God through his Son Jesus.
Believing is essential in salvation—Sustaining Faith!
“The righteous shall live by faith.”
- It helps us understand what God does in the world.
“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”
- It helps believers to see what others cannot see.
“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.”
- It helps believers do what others cannot do...please God!
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
“On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Two identifying characteristics of this story…one that was absent and one that was present.
1. The disciples were called out by Jesus because of a lack of faith.
2. The disciples were terrified of the storm and, then after the storm was calmed, they were terrified of Jesus.
Believing in Jesus is believing in God and necessary for salvation.
Believing secures our lives in Christ to enjoy the presence of God.
Believing gives us the power that nothing else does—the privilege of living to please God.