First Principles: Faith Towards God

20 February 2011


1. Introduction

Heb. 6:1-3 “Let us go on to perfection (maturity), not laying again the foundations …”


(a) Jesus came to reveal His Father – reveal what God is really like, a loving Father


(b) Jesus came to call us into relationship with the Father – sons and daughters


(c) God calls each of us to be born again into His Family and then to grow up”


(d) Growth to maturity is not automatic – requires foundation to be laid

Works activated out of guilt, fear, duty, personal gain.


2. Faith – What is It?

Heb 11:3 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for …”


(a) Faith is not the same as Hope

It is a confidence, something real and definite within us here and now.

Evidence         = 1650 NT = connection, proof, assurance.


(b) Faith is established in Heart not Head


(c) Faith deals with things “Not Seen”


(d) Faith produces a rest from struggle, uncertainty, doubt


(e) Faith expresses itself in confession – speaking in agreement with God.

He represents us in heaven using the words we have spoken.


3. Faith and Relationship with God

Heb. 11:6 “without faith it is impossible to please God…”


(a) Faith is foundational to our relationship with God


(b) By Faith we enter into relationship with God


(c) “By Faith” we continue in relationship with God

-       We have a new nature, identity, acceptance, forgiveness, redemption.

-       We already have these things we don’t have to work for them.

-       We must not fall back into trying to please God by doing.

-       Learn to receive the Love of Father – it energises our faith.


(d) Faith can be cultivated and grown