GREAT BIBLE WORDS
· Please share a time when your faith was challenged.
· Why does God allow our faith to be challenged?
· How is it possible to think that you “believe” when in reality you do not?
· How is a lack of faith an insult to God?
· How does the presence or lack of corporate (group) faith affect a church?
· How can older believers be an example of faith?
DON’T BE LIKE ISRAEL
Numbers 14:11 - And
the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long
will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed
Deuteronomy 1:32 - Yet in this thing ye did not believe the LORD your God,
BELIEF IS PROFITABLE
2 Chronicles 20:20 - And
they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa:
and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye
inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be
established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
BELIEF NEGATES FEAR
Mark 5:36 - As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.
John 14:1 - Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
BELIEF MAKES THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE
Mark 9:23-24 - Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
BELIEF IS NECESSARY FOR ANSWERED PRAYER
Mark 11:23-24 - For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
BELIEF IS ESSENTIAL TO ETERNAL LIFE
John 1:12 - But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
John 3:36 - He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (Also see John 3:16 and John 5:24.)
John 5:24 - Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
BELIEF REQUIRES UNITY
John 17:21 - That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
BELIEF REQUIRES TESTIMONY
Romans 10:9-10 - That
if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe
in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For
with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth
confession is made unto salvation.
BELIEF AWAKES IN RESPONSE TO THE PREACHING OF GOD’S WORD
Romans 10:14 - How
then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how
shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall
they hear without a preacher?
1 Corinthians 1:21 - For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
BELIEF IS A PRIVILEGE
Philippians 1:29 - For
unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him,
but also to suffer for his sake;
BELIEF RESULTS IN THE SEEKING OF GOD
Hebrews 11:6 - But
without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe
that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
BELIEF PRODUCES CONFIDENCE
2 Timothy 1:12 - For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
BELIEF PRODUCES RIGHTEOUSNESS
Romans 4:3 - For
what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto
him for righteousness.
BELIEF PRODUCES THE PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
John 7:37-39 - In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
BELIEF PRODUCES OBEDIENCE
John 8:31-32 - Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed
on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye
shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.