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Lessons for the Salvation Seminar (Text Version)
Bible Doctrine of Salvation
Lessons: Salvation, Regeneration, Repentance, Faith, Justification, How to Be Born Again, Sanctification.
IV. Faith (Salvation by)
This lesson deals mainly with the subject of faith as it pertains to salvation. A study of the subject as it pertains to the Christian life and works and to the fruits and gifts of the Spirit could be pursued in a separate study.
Faith - means trust, reliance on, belief in, confidence in.
Salvation by Faith is contrasted to:
- Salvation by works, a person's own works or worthiness.
- Ritualism, ceremonies, whether Jewish, Catholic, or Protestant.
Illustrations Of What Faith Is Not.
- To believe in the existence of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, but show by their actions that they have more confidence or faith in and desire for their own selfish, sinful ways than in God, even though in their hearts they know God's ways are better.
- I believe that Satan exists, but I have no faith or confidence in him.
- I know that there is a sinful, worldly, ungodly way of life, but I have no confidence or faith in it.
- "The devils also believe, and tremble" (James 2:19). That believing doesn't bring repentance or salvation to them; neither does just believing in the existence of God bring salvation to people.
Faith in What? The object of faith:
- The truth of God's Word, the Bible.
- Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour.
- Christ's finished work of redemption and atonement at Calvary.
- Christ's ability and willingness to save and to keep.
- Faith in God's promises.
- The future, as well as the present, in our relationship together with Christ.
- His ways and His will for us.
The Sources of Faith
- By hearing - preaching of the Word of God (Romans 10:17; 1 Corinthians 1:21).
- The Word of God (Romans 10:6-11; Matthew 13:19-23).
- The conviction of the Holy Spirit as a person begins to properly respond
to God (John 16:7-11; Acts 24:25).
- Experience or see what happens in the lives of others (1 Peter 3:1).
- The testimonies of others (Mark 5:19; John 4:29, 30, 41, 42; Acts 20:21;
I Corinthians 14:24, 25).
- Seeing the miraculous (John 2:11; Hebrews 2:3, 4; Acts 8:6).
Tests Or Proofs Of True Saving Faith
- A person who has this saving faith can also use that faith to overcome:
a. The world (1 John 2:4), the flesh, and the devil (1 John 2:2-17)
b. Persecutions and hardships (Hebrews 11:36-39; Romans 8:35-39).
c. Temptations (Hebrews 3:8; 1 Corinthians 10:13; James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:7;
1 Peter. 4:12)
- By good deeds of compassion (James 2:14-26; Luke 10:25-37)
If you are using this lesson with unsaved people, encourage them to take
that step of faith and receive salvation through Jesus Christ. The faith that has come to that heart will become active as it is mixed with true repentance. Ask them to pray and make it as definite as marriage.
"Please tell me more."