by Daniel Rodgers

How Do You Define Faith?
Dan Rodgers
Romans 1:17

INTRODUCTION: This morning, I want to take a few minutes to discuss with you one of the most important principles or doctrines in the Bible; it is the matter of faith.

The Bible says in Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." In (vs. 6), of the same chapter, it says, "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."

QUOTE: The following is an excerpt from the radio program, A Slice of Infinity, given by Ravi Zacharias:

Mark Twain once said that faith is "believing what you know ain't so." However, Scripture presents an altogether different definition. Faith is more than cognitive assent or blind acceptance of something. It is an informed surrender and trust that rests the whole person on the purposes and will of God. Faith involves belief, obedience, ethics, and lifestyle; it involves living with vision and memory."1

In the next few minutes we have, I would like to use an acrostic to answer the question, "How Do You Define Faith?"


A. The Need for Faith

1. 2 Thes. 3:2 says, "...for all men have not faith."
And when we talk about not having faith, we are not talking about faith in man or in certain things, we are talking about faith in God and in his ability to save us, to lead us and guide us and care for us--faith in His ability to keep His promises. One might ask, "Where does faith come from--how do I obtain faith?" Let me give you two ways:

a. Faith comes from the Bible. In Romans 10:17, it says, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." The Bible contains all we need to know about God, about God's plan of redemption for sinners; and it contains everything we need to know about how to live for God in this life. Today, there is a concerted effort by many to remove the ...

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