Victoria Fellowship Church (VFC)
International and Interdenominational
House Fellowship for week commencing 4th October 2015
Quarter Theme: Living by Faith
Topic: What is Faith??
Texts: Heb.11:1-6; Gen 12:1-7
Memory Verse: Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
What is faith? The best scriptural definition of faith is found in Hebrew 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” It can be seen that faith is putting our trust in something we cannot see, but it does not mean that there is no evidence for that faith. Faith is believing in God. We believe there is a God, not because we can see Him, but because we have plenty of evidence that He exists. That is the basis of faith. We have nature which tells us there is a Creator (Romans 1:20; Hebrews 11:3). We have God’s Word, the Bible, which proclaims that God exists. There are also lots of evidences through history and science which proclaim the accuracy of the word of God. While we cannot see God, we have faith in Him because of the proof that He has given to us through His word, history and science. The earth was void and without form, yet in that emptiness, the Lord spoke the creation into being.
Furthermore, faith means trusting God—trusting that he means what he says, that he keeps his promises, and that he is in control of every situation, even when you can’t see God—we can’t touch him or hear his voice in an audible way. But His word becomes the anchor of your trust. Using everyday example, we actually have faith in a lot of things that we can’t see or understand, for example, you sit down on a chair, you have faith that it will carry your weight and that you will not fall. When you enter an aeroplane, you have faith that the aircraft and the pilot is sound to take you to your destination even though you may not understand how and the principles by which aeroplane fly in the sky. These remind us that faith is crucial to our existence. No wonder the bible says that without faith, it is impossible to please God. (Hebrew 11:6)
Faith means acting on that which we believe. We can see the example in the life of Abel shown by the type of sacrifice he offered to God. His faith in God lead him to act and offer a better sacrifice. Enoch walked with God (Genesis 5:24) He acted what he believed and God took him. Another example is Abraham in Genesis 12: 1-7. God gave him instruction in verse 1 to “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you”. By faith, Abraham acted on this instruction even though he did not know where he was going. He acted his believe in God based on the conviction that God’s promises are sure. God gave him seven-fold promises (verses 2-3). All the promises of God can only be appropriated through faith. Abraham took the word of the Lord everywhere he went, even in the places you’d least expect it. The next time we meet him in this journey, he’s building altars to the LORD in full view of the Canaanites, a people who couldn’t care less about the true God. Right out there in the open! God’s promises and Abraham’s faith in them enabled Abraham to carry on. Everywhere he went, he took his faith with him.
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
1. Discuss why we find it often difficult to act like Abraham with prompt obedience to God’s instruction. How can we overcome this challenge? Gen 12:1, Romans 12: 1-2.
2. Discuss the seven-fold promises God made to Abraham in Genesis 12:2-3
3. We took a step of faith to become a Christian, when we gave our lives to Christ. How can we continue to grow our faith based on the faith-seed sown at conversion and extend it to other areas of our Christian life? Romans 10:17; Matthew 17:20
4. Share with the group, what you leant from this study and the sermon.