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Delivered By
Bob Petersen
Delivered On
April 21, 2019
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Building Our Faith

 

Faith is talked about in three ways:

  1. Our Christian walk
    1. As in 1 Corinthians 16:13 “stand fast in the faith”
  2. What causes us to take action
    1. Mark 5:34 "And He said to her, 'Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.'"
    2. Hebrews 11:7 "By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark"
  3. What causes us NOT to move in times of trials or testing
    1. Luke 8:24-25 "Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, 'Where is your faith?'"

 

♦  Where does faith come from? ♦

  • Romans 12:3 "God has allotted to each a measure of faith."
  • Romans 10:17 "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ."
  • 1 Corinthians 12:9a "to another faith by the same Spirit"

 

“You don’t have any troubles, all you need is faith in God.”

- RW Schambach -

 

Belief moves to faith by being fully convinced to act on the belief.

  • Romans 4:19-22 "And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah's womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore 'it was accounted to him for righteousness.'"
  • From VINES EXPOSITORY DICTIONARY, the theological definition for the Bible term “faith” (Greek: pistis) a firm persuasion or conviction based upon hearing.

 

James 1:2-5 "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience (NAS=endurance). But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."

  • Patience (Strong’s) hupomone (hoop-om-on-ay')
    • endurance, constancy: KJV - enduring, patience, patient continuance (waiting).

 

Hebrews 6:12-15 "that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, 'Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.' And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise."

  • Patiently Endured (Greek) "to build endurance during trials"