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Evangelist Jordan (chosenwithcare) | 1932 comments Mod
In the School of Faith: Bible Study
From a study of Charles F. Stanley
Date: 7/29/14
Week # 3


SUBJECT: Three Types of Faith
(III) Saving Faith:
Key Passage: James 2:18-19
Supporting Scriptures: Matthew 6:30; 8:5-10; 16:5-10; Luke 22:31-32; 24:45-47; John 16:30-31; 20:25-27; Acts 2:36-38; Romans 1:28-32; Philippians 2:10-11; mark 4:35-41


Faith begin with believing in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, a living person, for the forgiveness of sin and trusting Him because He provides eternal life with God. It isn’t enough to simply believe in the actions of Jesus Christ or the abilities of God. True saving faith is more than that; it is a personal relationship with the Savior. (Mark 4:35-41)
This is defined as trusting in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as the One who provides us with the forgiveness of our sins and the gift of everlasting life. This type of faith involves having a personal relationship with the Lord, renouncing sin, and turning our lives over to Him.

The primary reason the Father wants us to have great faith is because we respond to Him in proportion to how much we trust Him. If we have strong faith, He can entrust us with assignments that will have a greater impact for His kingdom.

Saving faith must come first.
However, we cannot even begin the journeys God has in mind for us if we do not have saving faith. There is a terrible gap between intellectual belief and true trust in God, and that chasm can only be bridged by an intimate relationship with Jesus. When you receive Him as your personal Savior, from that moment, the Holy Spirit will direct and empower you. Also, an individual does not exhibit saving faith if he or she refuses to repent. If a person truly believes that Jesus is his or her Savior, he or she will want to turn away from anything that is inconsistent with who Christ is and how a believer should live. Repentance and faith go hand in hand, and both acknowledges God as sovereign over all things and that He has the right to govern our conduct.

Having a saving faith is a key because it determines our eternal destiny. Many people are deceived. They think because they go to church, are baptized, and tithe regularly, they are saved. They know Jesus intellectually, but they don’t have a relationship with Him.

One of the greatest things God has given us can’t be bought with money.
We use this gift from Him continually, and the more we exercise it, the better we do with it. What is this great, precious, and powerful fruit of the Spirit? It is faith—and God provides it to every person who is rightly related to Him through Jesus Christ. There is so much to learn about trusting our heavenly Father. We are not born knowing how to rely upon Him or understanding the importance of depending on His wisdom and strength. Therefore, we must discover how to do so as we mature spiritually.

A. A person who has saving faith both knows the truth of Scripture and practices it (Rom. 1:32).
B. Even demons and the devil have intellectual faith. We must both believe and bear fruit (James 2:18-20).
C. Jesus is addressed as “Lord” 185 times in the gospels. This is important to note because it shows that the disciples recognized His lordship. This truth is the foundation of our faith, the bedrock upon which everything else is built.
D. Those who believe must also express repentance for sin if we truly acknowledge Jesus as our Savior (Luke 24:45-48; Acts 2:36-38). Repentance and faith go hand in hand.

Matthew 14:22-23
When you accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, the Holy Spirit comes into your life and seals you as a child of God. This is an amazing one-time experience; however, you are meant to grow in your walk with God. As you do, you get to know Him in a personal way, discover His purpose for your life, learn to listen to and obey Him, experience His presence, power, and wisdom, and understand what it means to live the Christian life.

Jesus spent a great deal of His time on earth instructing His disciples and helping them understand what true faith is. For example:

 A. When His disciples were concerned about bread, Jesus reminded them how He fed thousands with only a handful of fish and loaves (Matt. 16:7-11).
 B. When the disciples could not drive out demons because their faith was little, Jesus explained how faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains (Matt. 17:14-21).
Jesus knew what opposition they would be up against and what they would need to minister to new believers. This is why teaching them about faith was His priority. He knew that for them to be effective as witnesses and servants, they had to have absolute faith in His promises and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Faith is not a feeling; it is a confident conviction that God will do what He has promised.
 A. It was His desire that all believers would be saved and also that they would grow in faith and walk in Him daily (Col. 2:6).
 B. Just as Jesus grew in wisdom, so should we (Luke 2:51-52). You should be able to ask God for more than you did a year ago or even to ask for things you might never have believed possible in the past. Those who are not walking in the Spirit and trusting God are not advancing in their faith or being used by God for His glory.

A saving faith in Jesus Christ means that we accept Him as the Son of God, the only sacrifice that could atone for our sins.

As a result, we desire to repent and to surrender every aspect of our lives to Him. He will then transform us and conform us to His image. As we walk with God, the more He will bless each of us with perfect assurance regarding our salvation and our relationship with Him.

The Bible speaks of people who are saved by faith, but it also mentions others who have "faith," yet are not saved. What then is required in order for a person to "believe to the saving of the soul" (Hebrews 10:39)?

Saving faith requires 3 things. First there is conviction. One must be convinced in his heart that God exists - Hebrews 11:6. Yet, this conviction alone is not enough to save, since James 2:19 says that demons believe there is one God, but they are not saved. So, something more must be required in order for one to have saving faith. Second, saving faith also requires trust in God. One must depend on God as the source of salvation. Daniel was saved from the lions, because he believed in God (Daniel 6:23). He did not just accept in his heart that God exists. He trusted God to deliver him from the lions. Third, one does not really trust God unless he has the last element of faith, and that is obedience. Now, many people will tell you that you are saved by faith without obedience. But the truth is that faith that does not obey is faith that does not save. James 2:14-26 shows that faith without obedience cannot justify, because it is dead and barren. Hebrews chapter 11 is the role-call of Old Testament people of faith. But, when you study their lives you will see that every individual was rewarded by God only after his faith led him to obey God - never before that!

It is said that years ago a man was about to push a wheelbarrow across a tightrope over Niagara Falls. He asked the crowd how many believed he could make it. Many held up their hands. Then he asked them how many had faith enough to ride in the wheelbarrow! No, you do not need to cross Niagara Falls in a wheelbarrow to please God, but you do need the kind of faith that leads you to act in obedience to His revealed teachings.


Reflections:

1. Do you recall a faith failure in your life?
2. What or who was standing in the way of you having a perfect faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?
3. What did you do to restore that faith?
4. How can you help someone else who is suffering in their faith and lead them to a place of renewed faith?

Questions:

1. What is saving faith to you?
2. What are some of the signs of genuine saving faith?
3. How can I have assurance of my salvation?
4. If you doubt your salvation, does that mean you are not truly saved?
5. What if I don't feel saved?
6. How can I detect a false conversion?
7. What does it mean to test the spirits?


Prayer:

Father God, we come to You in faith asking for knowledge of how the faith system work, and how we can walk closer to You in faith. Thank You Lord, for the faith You have given us. We ask for You to encourage our faith, and help our unbelief. Help our faith today to stay strong, so we can experience a godly faithful relationship with You, in Jesus’ name. Forgive us for the weakness of our faith now. Thank You that our faith has sealed us as a child of God. Today we will walk by faith, and not by sight. We will keep the Word of God in our hearts and mind, so that our faith will stay strong and continue to grow, because we do go from faith to faith. Help us not to walk according to our sight or our feeling. Bless us to walk in conviction, trust in You, and in obedient. When doubt come help us to rise up in faith by putting on the whole armor of God. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Quiz: Saving Faith Quiz: Week # 3

1. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.


True False

2. Faith comes by hearing the word of God.


True False

3. The unjust shall live by faith.


True False

4. A faithful person will abound with blessings.


True False


5. God's people should live by faith.


True False

6. All things should be asked in unwavering faith.


True False

7. Faith expresses itself by love.


True False

8. By God's gift of grace, we are saved through faith.


True False

9. Faith is the helmet in our armour of God.


True False

10. Faith should be placed in the wisdom of men.


True False


11. Christians should fight the good fight of faith wherever they are sent.


True False


message 2: by Evangelist (new)

Evangelist Jordan (chosenwithcare) | 1932 comments Mod
Flooded with Faith:


By faith Noah. . .moved with godly fear. . . (Hebrews 11:7)

We have talked about Godly Faith, and now on Saving Faith. I read this this morning and just wanted to share it because I thought it was a good story for saving faith.

Imagine you’re a farmer living in medieval times and a passerby describes the feature of his new smartphone. You are told that it gives a weather report for your harvest season, a rotation schedule for using the oxen that the villager’s share, music to listen to while you work, and you can talk to the blacksmith in the next town (and see his face) without leaving your farm. Would you believe him?

It’s a thought almost as mind-boggling as Noah hearing that rain, which he’d never seen before-would fall from the sky and flood the earth. And then add God’s assignment for Noah. Build a boat to carry your family and sundry creatures to safety. Noah attempted to explain it to his neighbors. But who could believe such a preposterous story? Especially not the wicked generation that he lived around. Faith can be a lonely place.

Noah worked day after day on a boat that attracted contempt. He trusted God implicitly for a flood of rain he’d never seen. His testimony gives every believer the strength to hold on in impossible circumstances. When you wonder how God will ever bring meaning and order out of the broken pieces of your life, take a faithful stand for Him. AMEN! Noah didn’t know it but he had saving faith!


message 3: by Evangelist (new)

Evangelist Jordan (chosenwithcare) | 1932 comments Mod
Let's pray!


Father God, we come to You in faith asking for knowledge of how the faith system work, and how we can walk closer to You in faith. Thank You Lord, for the faith You have given us. We ask for You to encourage our faith, and help our unbelief. Help our faith today to stay strong, so we can experience a godly faithful relationship with You, in Jesus’ name. Forgive us for the weakness of our faith now. Thank You that our faith has sealed us as a child of God. Today we will walk by faith, and not by sight. We will keep the Word of God in our hearts and mind, so that our faith will stay strong and continue to grow, because we do go from faith to faith. Help us not to walk according to our sight or our feeling. Bless us to walk in conviction, trust in You, and in obedient. When doubt come help us to rise up in faith by putting on the whole armor of God. In Jesus’ name, amen.


message 4: by Evangelist (new)

Evangelist Jordan (chosenwithcare) | 1932 comments Mod
Answers to Reflection:


1. Do you recall a faith failure in your life?

Yes, many time.

2. What or who was standing in the way of you having a perfect faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?

Me, not believing in God’s Word and His promises


3. What did you do to restore that faith?

I prayed, read His Word, meditated on His faithfulness before.

4. How can you help someone else who is suffering in their faith and lead them to a place of renewed faith?

First, I would pray for them, then I would give them God’s Word of promise to all who trust and believe in Him.


message 5: by Evangelist (new)

Evangelist Jordan (chosenwithcare) | 1932 comments Mod
Answers to Questions:


1. What is saving faith to you?

Answer:
Saving faith is that we believe to the saving of the soul through our faith that Jesus is the Son of God. One must believe in his/her heart, and then confess that Jesus is Lord, and, that, if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead; and we must be Baptist in water and in the Spirit of God, and receive His Holy Spirit. We must also obey His Word.

2. What are some of the signs of genuine saving faith?

Answer: This is one of the most important questions in the Christian life. Many believers doubt their salvation because they don’t see signs of genuine faith in their lives. There are those who say we should never doubt our decision to follow Christ, but the Bible encourages us to examine ourselves to see if we are truly “in the faith” (2 Corinthians 13:5). Thankfully, God has given us ample instruction for how we can know for sure that we have eternal life. The first epistle of John was actually written for that purpose, as it states in 1 John 5:13, "I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life."

3. How can I have assurance of my salvation?

Answer: Many followers of Jesus Christ look for the assurance of salvation in the wrong places. We tend to seek assurance of salvation in the things God is doing in our lives, in our spiritual growth, in the good works and obedience to God’s Word that is evident in our Christian walk. While these thing can be evidence of salvation, they are not what we should base the assurance of our salvation. Rather, we should find the assurance of our salvation in the objective truth of God’s Word. We should have confident trust that we are saved based on the promises God has declared, not because of our subjective experiences.

4. If you doubt your salvation, does that mean you are not truly saved?

Answer: Everyone has occasional doubts. Whether or not you have doubts is not what determines whether you are a Christian. Even when a believer is faithless, God is faithful (2 Timothy 2:13). God wants us to be sure and confident of our salvation (Romans 8:38-39; 1 John 5:13). God promises that everyone who believes in Jesus Christ will be saved (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10). We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). As a result, we deserve death and an eternity apart from God (Romans 6:23). But God loved us enough to die in our place, taking the punishment that we deserved (Romans 5:8). As a result, all those who believe are saved and eternally secure.

5. What if I don't feel saved?

Answer: This is an all-too-common question among Christians. Many people doubt their salvation because of feelings or the lack of them. The Bible has much to say about salvation, but nothing to say about “feeling saved.” Salvation is a process by which the sinner is delivered from “wrath,” that is, from God’s judgment against sin (Romans 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:9). Specifically, it was Jesus’ death on the cross and subsequent resurrection that achieved our salvation (Romans 5:10; Ephesians 1:7). Our part in the salvation process is that we are saved by faith. First, we must hear the gospel—the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection (Ephesians 1:13). Then, we must believe—fully trust the Lord Jesus (Romans 1:16) and His sacrifice alone. We have no confidence in works of the flesh to achieve salvation. This faith—which is a gift from God, not something we produce on our own (Ephesians 2:8-9)—involves repentance, a changing of mind about sin and Christ (Acts 3:19), and calling on the name of the Lord (Romans 10:9-10, 13). Salvation results in a changed life as we begin to live as the new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).


6. How can I detect a false conversion?

Answer: To convert is to be “born again.” At the moment of conversion, the converted person is filled with the Holy Spirit and begins a journey of turning away from sin and beginning to worship and serve the Lord. A “false conversion” is no conversion at all. A false conversion may look like a true, Spirit-caused conversion, but it is not. The reasons for false conversions are varied. Sometimes the person experiencing a false conversion doesn’t even realize it. At other times, there is intentional deception on his/her part. Not everyone who claims to have been converted has. Just as those trained to recognize counterfeit money become intimately acquainted with the real thing, in order to detect a false conversion, it is necessary to first know what true Christian behavior looks like. We do this by studying and knowing intimately God’s Word. We learn from the Parable of the Weeds in Matthew 13:24–30 that Satan works to deceive the church by mingling his children with God’s children, often making it difficult for believers to discern the true from the false. The more we are familiar with Scripture, the easier it will be for us to detect the true Christians from the false converts.



7. What does it mean to test the spirits?

Answer: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (I John 4:1). Christians are to be discerning hearers and readers of all messages. The reason for the admonition to “test the spirits” or “test all things” is that there are “many false prophets” or “wolves in sheep’s clothing” that try to lead Christians astray. Sadly, there are many people who claim to speak for God who are presenting a false gospel that is powerless to save. Such errant teaching leaves people with a false hope of salvation and, in a way, inoculates them from the true message. People who are deceived into thinking everything is fine will be more resistant to the truth.


message 6: by Evangelist (new)

Evangelist Jordan (chosenwithcare) | 1932 comments Mod
Saving Faith Quiz: Week # 3


1. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.
(X) True or False

2. Faith comes by hearing the word of God.
(X) True or False

3. The unjust shall live by faith.
True or (X) False

4. A faithful person will abound with blessings.
(X) True or False

5. God's people should live by faith.
(X) True or False

6. All things should be asked in unwavering faith.
(X) True or False

7. Faith expresses itself by love.
True or (X) False

8. By God's gift of grace, we are saved through faith.
(X) True or False

9. Faith is the helmet in our armour of God.
True or (X) False

10. Faith should be placed in the wisdom of men.
True or (X) False

11. Christians should fight the good fight of faith wherever they are sent.
(X) True or False


message 7: by Evangelist (new)

Evangelist Jordan (chosenwithcare) | 1932 comments Mod
SHARING: WEEK # 3


Saving faith is the third type of faith in this study. It’s a faith to have a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, and to follow Him and communicate with the Father in prayer. Saving faith is not just a faith, but a relationship. Apostle Peter talks about this faith in Acts 2:28 and 3:16, 19.

Recap:

There are three types of faith, intellectual faith, godly faith, and saving faith. Everything we do should be done in faith, because godly faith is when you believe God’s exist, His ability, and respond to His calling to salvation; saving faith is very important, but we need godly faith to make our faith strong and pleasing to God. As said in this study, to be sure, not every Christian has the same degree of faith; those who have had more time to grow should be stronger in faith. But for the most part, the spiritual inventory can assist a person in determining his or her true standing before God Almighty. We must not depend only on intellectual faith, but trust in saving faith, because our faith most not be emotional but a trust in God and His Word.


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