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Lesson: FAITH

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1. Why is faith necessary in relation to a Christian life?

"But without faith it is impossible to please Him [God]," Hebrews 11:6, first part of verse.

2. Why can we not please God without faith?

"For he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He rewards them that diligently seek Him," Hebrews 11:6, last part of verse.

3. As this Christian virtue cannot be void in the life of anyone wishing to please God, what is faith?

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen," Hebrews 11:1.

4. How can we obtain this evidence of things not seen, or how is faith acquired?

"So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God," Romans 10:17.

5. From what source do we derive the word of God, which through hearing and receiving will give us faith?

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God," II Timothy 3:16.

6. The scriptures having come from God, to the degree that having a knowledge of them will give us faith, what should be our daily practice?

"Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" II Timothy 2:15.

7. Why in making a study of the scriptures and prophecies do we not find contrary statements and contradictions thus destroying faith?

"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit," II Peter 1:21.

8. How does a study of the scriptures give us evidence of things not seen, or faith?

"Produce your cause, says the Lord, bring forth your strong reasons, says the King of Jacob. Let them bring them forth, and show us what shall happen: let them show the former things what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come. Show the things that are to come hereafter," Isaiah 41:21-23.

9. How does God expect us to have faith in Him, and know that He is God and that there is none like Him?

"I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done," Isaiah 46:9, 10.

10. As God claims the right to His position, and expects us to have faith in Him on the grounds that He declared the end from the beginning and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, what evidence can we give in support of His claim?

"I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I showed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass," Isaiah 48:3.

11. Why have we faith that all good things God has promised us, which we have not realized, will come to pass?

"And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing has failed thereof," Joshua 23:14.

12. How may one have faith in Him as a being who cares for mankind?

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God," Romans 10:17.

13. After believing in God and repenting of his sins, in whom must one believe in order to be saved?

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life," John 3:16.

14. When one believes on the Son of God, what evidence does he have that his sins are forgiven?

"He that believeth on the Son of God has the witness in himself: he that believes not God has made Him a liar; because he believes not the record that God gave of His son," I John 5:10.

15. Upon what conditions has God promised the forgiveness of sin?

"But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin . . . If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness," I John 1:7, 9.

16. Does the Bible warrant one believing that he receives what he asks for, before he is conscious of possessing it?

"Therefore I say unto you, What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them," Mark 11:24.

17. How may one learn to develop patience in waiting on God?

"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into different temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience," James 1:2, 3, see also I Peter 1:3-9.

18. What should you believe when you are in affliction?

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God," Romans 8:28.

19. What kind of faith do we have when unaccompanied with works?

"For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also," James 2:26.

20. If one knows that he is constantly disobeying God, can he have real faith?

"Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight," I John 3:21, 22.

21. How much may one hope to receive, who asks with a doubtful mind?

"But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord," James 1:6, 7.

22. What was the cause of Peter's sinking after he had started to meet the Savior on the stormy sea?

"And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" Matthew 14:31.