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What is faith?


Faith from a Christian worldview

Faith is not the power of positive thinking. It is not whipping yourself up into believing the unbelievable. Biblical faith is relational and personable. We place our trust or faith in a person based upon the character of that person. Likewise, we grow in faith as we grow in our knowledge of God. We grow in faith by trusting in His faithfulness and not in ourselves.

Who is this God? God has revealed Himself in history as recorded in the Bible and primarily through His Son, Jesus Christ. John 14:9

 

The Christian faith

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The Christian faith is faith in Jesus, not a religion. God has revealed Himself in history through Jesus Christ, His Son ".. He [God] has spoken to us by his Son" (Hebrews 1:2).

The life of Jesus is primarily recorded by four people: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the Gospels which we encourage you to read. They are found in the Bible - the New Testament. Why not start with John's Gospel?

Christians believe in a powerful, yet loving, Creator who made and sustains the world.

Human beings were made in the image of God, but however, rebelled against their Creator.

Today, we see this rebellious attitude in all. People want nothing to do with God. As it says in Romans 3:11-12 " ... no one seeks God. All have turned away."  By nature we do not seek God. We do not want Him to rule over our lives. We do not want to follow His wisdom. We instead make up our own standards of behaviour. In that sense we become 'gods' living in constant rebellion towards our Maker.

This is the essence of what the Bible calls "sin".

God will not let this rebellion continue forever. He has appointed a Day in which He will judge the world. ".. man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgement..." (Hebrews 9:27)

God calls upon all people to repent or turn from their open & hidden rebellion against Him. If they turn to Him, in trust, He will forgive them and forget their acts of rebellion "... as far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our transgressions from us." (Psalm 103:12)

Forgiveness, however, comes at the highest cost. Not to us, but to God. For Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was sacrificed upon a shameful cross for our sins, for our rebellion.  It is only through Christ that we can and are saved.

Jesus was the only person in history who has ever lived a totally sinless life. He is fully man being tempted in all things and fully God sustaining all things.

After Jesus was crucified on a cross, God rose His Son from the dead. The early apostles (leaders) declared  that "... God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact." (Acts 2:32). In other words, many people historically witnessed the resurrection of Jesus.

When God raised Jesus from the dead, He declared Him Lord over all, installing Him at His right hand (Acts 2:33). This means that Jesus has total authority over all creation, including you & me. 

God calls upon all people to turn to Jesus. We read in the New Testament that a jailer from the city of Phillipi once cried out to some Christians, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" They (Paul and Silas) replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved ..."  (Acts 16:30-31).

Christians believe in the act of salvation, where God saves all who call upon Him and trust in His Son. In doing so they are adopted into His kingdom as children of God and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

A true Christian worldview holds Jesus as the centre of all things. Christians are told to live their lives each day under His loving Lordship. "Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him" (Colossians 2:6).

We are five very ordinary guys have asked Jesus to be Lord of our lives.

The Christian faith can be summed up in one fantastic statement. "Jesus is Lord and Saviour of all."

He needs to be your 'Lord' too!

For more information about becoming a Christian please check out our special section called: BECOMING A CHRISTIAN.

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Christian Quotes

"It is not the works that are wrong, it is the faith in your works, trusting in your works."

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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