Faith

I. True faith comes as a result of hearing from God, and becomes evidence of the reality of what God has spoken to that individual - Romans 10:17; Galatians 3:2; Ephesians 1:13; Hebrews 11:1.

II. There are different qualities of faith which may be exhibited in one's life;

     A. Intellectual Faith (Based on facts available to anyone - Does not necessarily lead to salvation)- John 2:23-25, 12:42-43; Romans 1:19-21; II Timothy 3:15; James 2:19.

     B. Seeking Faith (Causes one to seek God, His ways, and Truth) - Isaiah 55:6; Mark 2:3-4; Luke 19:3; John 3:2, 6:26-66; Hebrews 11:6-8.

     C. Beseeching Faith (Leads one to call on God when in His presence) - Isaiah 55:6; Matthew 14:35-36; Mark 7:25-29; Luke 7:3-9; Romans 10:13-14.

     D. Saving Faith (Causes one to totally rely on God with no admixture of doubt, ceasing from all self-effort; it is a heart action, produced by a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit) - Psalm 34:22; Matthew 11:28, 21:21; Luke 7:50; Romans 4:4, &18-22, 10:9-11; II Corinthians 1:9; Ephesians 1:13, 2:8-9; Colossians 2:12; Hebrews 4:3&10.

     E. Effectual Faith (faith which produces obedience) - James 2:14-26; I Peter 1:21-22.

     F. Abiding Faith (Which a believer walks in after salvation; it endures to the end) - I Corinthians 13:13; II Corinthians 1:24, 5:7; Colossians 2:6; I John 5:4.

III. Faith is required by God - Galatians 5:6; Hebrews 11:6.

IV. Faith is a gift - Galatians 2:20, 5:22; Ephesians 2:8-9; Colossians 2:12; Hebrews 12:2; II Peter 1:1.

V. Faith is required to withstand the attacks of Satan and the world - Ephesians 6:16; I Thessalonians 5:8; I Timothy 6:12; I John 5:4.

VI. Faith may have varying degrees and can be strengthened - Matthew 8:10, 16:8; Mark 4:40, 9:23-24; Luke 7:9, 17:5-10; Romans 4:19-21, 14:1; James 1:3; I Peter 1:7; II Peter 1:5-7.

VII. The object of faith is the person of Christ - John 5:39-40&46-47, 14:1; Acts 20:21; Hebrews 6:1.

VIII. All men have not faith - Mark 4:40; II Thessalonians 3:2; Hebrews 4:1-2.