What is Faith?

Faith is the Heart's Response to God's Character

God reveals Himself to all people—through His work in creation, through the Bible, and through the person of His Son, Jesus. Scripture, in fact, tells us that “God has dealt to each one a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3).

Why, then, do some believe and follow Christ and others walk away from the revelation they’ve been given?

It is because, while faith in God involves the intellect, it does not arrive through knowledge alone. The finite cannot comprehend the infinite. Just as God cannot be disproved or honestly disavowed through reason, He cannot be apprehended only through reason.

Faith is a heart issue.

Saving faith, Pastor Adrian Rogers says, is the heart’s response to the character of God. The Lord calls to us and our hearts respond. As the Psalmist said in Psalm 27:8: “When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, LORD, I will seek.’”

Those who do not arrive at saving faith say “no” in their hearts. They reject...

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Featured Bible Study

If faith is an internal response to God, what does faith look like externally? What does it mean to “live by faith”? The author of Hebrews compiled a list of biblical heroes who exemplified lives of faith. In this study, we will look closely at seven of them: Abel, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and Rahab. As you look at their lives, you will see the kind of faith that pleased God and learn how to live by faith. Your faith will grow because your heart will respond to God’s character as you read His Word and study His action in the lives of these biblical champions of faith!