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Q:

A friend of mine keeps telling me I need to have faith, and I suppose he's right, but I'm not sure what it means. Can you give me a simple definition of faith?


A:

Faith simply means believing that something is true, and then committing our lives to it. In the Bible, “faith” means believing in God, and in what Christ has done for us to make our salvation possible–and then committing ourselves to Him.

In other words, faith has two parts to it, and both are equally important. The first part is belief–belief that God exists, and that He loves us and sent His Son into the world to save us. Faith isn’t a vague hope that God might exist; it is a definite belief that what the Bible says about Him is true. The Bible says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).

The second part of faith is commitment–a definite decision not only to believe in our minds that Christ can save us, but to put our lives into His hands and trust Him alone for our salvation. True faith not only believes Christ can save us, but actually trusts Him to do it. The Bible says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith” (Ephesians 2:8).

Be thankful for your friend; he cares about you knows your life will be far better if you put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. But most of all, God cares about you, and He wants you to trust Him and come to know Him. By a simple prayer of faith turn to Christ and ask Him to come into your life and change it–and He will.

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9 Comments

  1. shahbaz says:

    Dear sir,
    I am church leader /evangelist Pakistani christian asylum seeker in Malaysia and I share words of God with other Pakistani Christian brothers and sisters with purpose to bring them close to God. May I ask you do you admit there would be rapture OR second arrival of Jesus and second thing would it be Pre tribulation or Post Tribulation.
    Please share your knowledge which I would share with brothers and sisters.

  2. Janie says:

    What can I do to feel more comfortable in my praying out loud? Volunteer at a church food pantry where we pray with those who will accept us praying with them.

  3. Tab says:

    I am having trouble in my prayers with God. What am I doing wrong?

  4. Arcadious goodwin says:

    Send me a lesson on living with christ

  5. Jacques says:

    Faith is the humble admission that we do not know the totality of everything and that there are things possible of which we have no understanding therefore allowing us to believe those things which are beyond
    ourselves.

  6. Kevin Davis says:

    Is there churches in my area that I can go to? Okla. City, OK. South Side of the city in between I -40 on SOUTH?

    1. BGEA says:

      Kevin, there are several churches we can suggest around Oklahoma City. Just put your city name or ZIP code here: http://churches.goingfarther.net/

  7. Regina Jones says:

    THIS SCRIPTURE IS THE SIMPLEST ONE … Faith is the substance of things hope for and evidence of things not seen . HEBREWS 11:1

  8. Roger Redd says:

    Thanks I enjoyed my reading, it seems to be a personal message for me to help explain Faith to some friends.