The following articles are related to the topic of BELIEF

John 6:27-29 – The “Work” of Faith

In his epistle to the Romans, Paul thrillingly declares: "For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (6:23). The expression "free gift" translates the single Greek word, charisma.This term is related to the original word that is frequently rendered "grace" charis).It thus denotes a gift that is ... read more »

Ephesians 4:13 – The Unity of the Faith

In Ephesians 4:11, Paul lists certain miraculously endowed offices in the early church - apostles, prophets, evangelists, and teaching pastors. These works were in the nature of supernatural "gifts" (v. 8). The apostle declares that these gifts were for the maturing of the saints in their work of ministering, i.e., equipping them for service (Arndt & Gingrich, Greek Lexicon, p. ... read more »

Defending the Faith with a Broken Sword — Part 1

The New Testament makes it abundantly clear that Christians are to proclaim the gospel of God in a loving and positive way. We are to expose every rational creature to the good news regarding the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. We should assume that each person that we encounter is an honest soul until he or she ... read more »

Galatians 1:23 – The Faith

The term "faith" is used in different senses in the New Testament. Frequently the word is employed subjectively, meaning it has to do with one's personal belief - the faith that abides in the Christian's heart. At other times, "faith" is used in an objective sense. In such circumstances it stands for the gospel system - the body of doctrine ... read more »

Hebrews 11—What Is Faith?

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews has often been called the biblical "Hall of Faith." Certainly it does present an informative discussion of what constitutes genuine belief. Note the following points. Faith Is Rational By faith we "understand" that the universe is not self-existent; rather, it was designed by the Creator (Heb. 11:3). The notion that one cannot be intelligent without ... read more »

Acts 15:9 — Hearts Cleansed by Faith

In Acts 15 at the conference in Jerusalem, Peter testified as to how God had used him as an instrument for the conversion of the Gentiles. In connection therewith, he declared that the Lord "made no distinction between us [Jews] and them [Gentiles], cleansing their hearts by faith" (15:9). Some religious folks assume this means that salvation is given upon ... read more »

Mark 2:5 – A Visible Faith

Once more Jesus had returned to the city of Capernaum. When the crowds learned of His whereabouts, they pressed near the house where He was, jamming even the doorway, and He proclaimed the Word to them (Mark 2:1ff). Being aware of the Lord's power to effect miraculous healing, some benevolent men were determined to bring one of their friends-an invalid-into ... read more »

Was Christ’s Power Limited by Man’s Faith?

"There is a statement concerning Jesus in one of the Gospel accounts that is puzzling: "And he could there do no mighty work. . . because of their unbelief' (Mk. 6:5-6).Was Christ's ability to perform miracles predicated upon the faith of those he taught?" Let us lay some foundation for a consideration of this question.First, the scriptures clearly teach that ... read more »

A Study of Samson: Faith and Folly

The eleventh chapter of the book of Hebrews has often been called the biblical "Hall of Fame," or "Hall of Faith." The stories of those Old Testament heroes that adorn this section of scripture have thrilled our hearts since we were children. When one sees names such as Abraham, Joseph, and Moses, he does not wonder at their appearance. On ... read more »

Defending the Faith with a Broken Sword – Part 2

It is a commendable thing to want to defend the teaching of the Holy Scriptures. Such efforts, however, only serve the cause of truth when they are biblically sound and reasonably argued. As was noted in first installment of this series, however, some teachers with the very best of motives have nevertheless wielded a "broken sword" in their sincere attempts ... read more »