Summary: What elements are necessary for a Biblical Faith?
Biblical faith involves 3 things: our minds, our emotions, and our wills
I. Our Minds
A. Biblical faith is first of all belief based on evidence
1. Christianity is firmly set in history
2. A reasonable and honest inquiry with our
minds leads us to believe that the Bible is
too accurate to be a man-made book.
3. Jesus Christ did something beyond what
any ordinary religious founder might have
done to impact history in such a way.
B. All through the Bible we are encouraged to use our
1. “Come now, and let us reason together,
says the LORD: though your sins are like
scarlet, they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson, they shall
be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18 (NIV)
2. Our mind then brings us in the direction of God.
Biblical faith is first of all belief based on
II. Our Emotions
A. The evidence of the mind moves to the depths of the heart
1. Emotionally we have to do something with the
evidence we see
2. Demons believe all the evidence; it is not enough
B. It is personal trust placed in the object of that evidence (Jesus
1. We must respond to the evidence with obedience
2. God “now commands all people everywhere to
repent” Acts 17:30 (NIV)
The evidence of the mind moves to the
depths of the heart.
III. Our Wills
A. The evidence of the mind which affects the belief of the heart
results in a response of the will
1. True faith always results in action
2. Can you show true faith without action? (vs. 18b)
B. Our lives will be changed
1. Our will is to know Jesus and be like Him
2. That only comes through a trust relationship with Him
The evidence of the mind which affects the belief
of the heart results in a response of the will.