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Foundations of Faith course

Clear, basic course from the CALS.

Foundations for your faith 1

FAITH IN GOD

WHAT IS FAITH?

Faith is very important.

The Bible tells us that, if we do not have faith, we cannot please God. This Course is called 'Foundations for your faith' because it is intended to help you develop true faith in God. It is based on foundation principles set out in the Bible.

What is faith?

Many complicated definitions have been suggested, but a simple explanation is that faith means believing; faith in God is the extent to which we believe in God and show our trust in Him.

Of course, lots of people say that they believe in God. By this they mean that they believe that God exists. They believe that there is an unseen force behind the world that they can call God. Faith must go further than this, however. Faith means not only believing in God, but believing God; that is, believing what He has said, accepting His word.

This is often more difficult than simply believing in the existence of God. There is a Bible passage that tells us this. Turn to Hebrews 11:6.

Most Bibles contain a contents page to help you find the books. Hebrews is a book near the end of the New Testament. 11:6 means chapter 11, verse 6.

Hebrews 11:6*

'But without faith it is impossible to please him, for he who comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.'

Notice how in this statement there are two parts:

  1. Anyone who comes to God must believe that He exists. As we have said, many people claim this.

  2. Anyone who comes to God must also believe that He is true to His word. They must believe that He keeps His promises to reward those who truly seek Him.

This Course will follow the lives of many people mentioned in Hebrews 11 - a great chapter on FAITH. And the reward they looked forward to is the same hope for the future that we can have.

*The Bible quotations in these lessons are taken from the New King James Version, but you may use any version of the Bible which you have. Even though the words may be different, the story and meaning will be the same.

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