Let's begin this faith Bible study with a familiar passage...
Do you want to go to heaven? No one wants to perish and spend eternity in a hell that was prepared for the devil and his angels (Matt. 25.41). What that means is that you need to make absolutely certain that you believe. In this faith Bible study, you can determine if you truly believe.
Any faith Bible study will lead you to Hebrews 11. This is a chapter that is often called the “hall of faith”. In this chapter, we find example after example of individuals who had faith.
If you were to turn to Hebrews 11 and read about the many individuals who exemplified faith in their lives, you would find that in every occasion, faith is belief that is demonstrated by action. Consider this passage in Hebrews 11.6.
According to this verse, you and I will never be able to be pleasing to God without faith. But what kind of faith are we to have? When you read through Hebrews 11, you will see example after example of individuals who had faith.
Look at the above examples of faith. Do you see anything that is common to each of these examples? We are reading about individuals who had faith, and as a result of their faith, they did something. A faith Bible study tells us that faith is accepting what God says and then acting on what God says. Faith is always followed by action.
Is that not what James explained in James 2.18? "But someone will say, 'You have faith, and I have works.' Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works."
Notice what Paul writes in Romans 1.16,17...
In this passage, the apostle Paul wrote by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that the gospel saves those who believe. He then says that the just live by faith.
Notice that he did not say that faith as a single act makes you righteous. He said that “the just shall live by faith”. Those who have been saved are just. When you are right with God (just), you continually live your life by faith.
According to Romans 5.1, you are justified by faith. But after you become justified, you, as someone who is just, now live by faith. You do not just believe to be saved, and then forget about your relationship with God. Faith is the way you live your life. The just live by faith. It is so important to understand that.
We have to be so careful when we discuss the plan of salvation. We study the concept of faith and we see that the Bible describes the necessity of faith, and we stop and conclude that we have already done that. However, faith is not something that you have done. Faith is something that you continue to do throughout your life as a way of living.
Let’s illustrate it like this. When a person is married, he or she gets married because he or she loves his/her mate. However, love is not something that you do one time when you first say your vows. Love is a lifestyle that guides and directs your thoughts, speech, and actions. You don’t look at your marriage and say that you already loved him/her. It is something that determines how you live together and relate to each other as husband and wife.
That’s the way faith works. Faith is something that determines how you live as a Christian, as someone who is right with God.
There are some who worship God because they are a people whose lives are directed by faith. You go through the week, and day by day, you will not laugh at you boss’s dirty jokes. You will not go onto the internet and look at things that you shouldn't be looking at. You present yourself to those around you so that they can see Christ living in you because you are a person of faith, and faith is a lifestyle. That’s what it means when it says, “the just shall live by faith”
As we do a faith Bible study, you may say, but that’s just one verse. Okay, let’s look at another verse and see if our conclusion is accurate.
In Romans 1.17, Paul said that the just shall live by faith. Here he says that we walk by faith. Faith is a lifestyle.
It is because of faith! You accept what the Bible says about Jesus. You trust in God that He will do as He has promised. Because you believe and trust, you obey the commands of God doing what God says you need to do.
If you are someone who has accepted that Jesus is the Son of God, that is wonderful. If you have changed your life and have given up certain sinful habits because you want to live for Jesus, that’s wonderful. If you have told others that you believe in Jesus, that’s fantastic. But if you have never been immersed in the waters of baptism in order to have your past sins washed away, after doing a faith Bible study, can it truly be said that you believe?
When we study faith in the Bible, we learn that the kind of faith the Bible describes is a faith that accepts what the Bible says, trusts in what the Bible says, and does what the Bible says. That’s the biblical concept of faith.
You cannot say that you believe and never change your ways and live a life that is not in obedience to the will of God. If you say you believe in Jesus, but you still use foul language when the Bible says to watch your tongue (Eph. 4.29), can you really say you have faith?
If you say you believe in Jesus, but you do not love your fellow man as the Bible says we must do (1 Cor. 13.8-10), can you really say you have faith?
Faith is so much more than just saying that you believe. It is a lifestyle that is governed by what the Bible says. Notice what Paul wrote in Romans 10.17.
The concept of hearing in the Bible is the idea of hearing what is said and then doing what we hear. We live a lifestyle of faith when we hear what God says in the Bible, accept what He says as true, trust in what He says, and then do what He says.