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Scripture Reading: John 6:41-51

Faith Toward God



1.  Scripture mandates we “go on to perfection” instead of only laying a foundation of first principles, Heb. 6:1-3 (5:12-14).

2.  “Faith toward God” is fundamental to redemption in Christ and mature discipleship, Heb. 6:1.

3.  The Holy Spirit explained and illustrated faith (Hebrews 11).


I.  DEFINING FAITH, Heb. 11:1.

  A.  Two Parts of Faith.

    1.  Substance (assurance, ASV) of hope. Faith and hope are inseparable, 1 Pet. 1:21.

    2.  Evidence (conviction, NASB) of unseen things. The presence of faith implies reasons to support it, 1 Pet. 3:15. (not blind)

  B.    Faith Toward God,  Heb. 11:6.

    1.  Believes God exists.

        -Belief in God supported by phys. evidence, 11:3; Ps. 19:1-4.

    2.  Believes God rewards diligent seekers of Him.

        -God-seekers know and honor Him in truth, Rom. 1:20-25.



  A.  Hear What God Says, 1 Sam. 3:10.

    1.  We must give an audience to Christ’s words, Heb. 1:1-2.

    2.  Requires a ready heart, Matt. 13:3-9, 10-17 (34-35, 43).

    3.  God uses His word to call us to His Son and eternal life, John 6:44-45.

    4.  Hearing God’s word leads us to understanding, John 8:43.

        -Listen with a will to do God’s will, John 7:16-17.

  B.  Trust What God Says, 1 Thess. 2:13 (welcome it).

    1.  Lack of trust (no faith) v. trust (faith), John 6:60-68.

    2.  Faith replaces fear and doubt when we trust the truth (Peter, Matt. 14:27-33); John 18:37.

      a.  Centurion, Luke 7:1-10 (great faith).

      b.  Jairus, Luke 8:40-42, 49-50 (Do not be afraid, only believe).

      c.  Ethiopian, Acts 8:30-38. Hearing Scripture and understanding them led him to trust Jesus for salvation.

  C.  Do What God Says, Matt. 4:4.

    1.  Faith is active, hearing God, trusting God, and obeying God, James 2:14-26. (Faith saves when faith obeys.)

    2.  Hebrews 11: Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, etc. They were rewarded because they heard, trusted, and obeyed God. Contrast Israel in wilderness, Heb. 3:17-4:2.

    3.  Faith without loving obedience is like car without fuel: It goes nowhere, Gal. 5:6-7.



1.  Are you walking by faith or sight? 2 Cor. 5:7 (9)

2.  If by faith, then you are hearing, trusting, and obeying God’s word in everything, Col. 3:17 (Luke 6:46).

3.  God will not forget our faith (“your work and labor of love”). When we patiently endure we will inherit the promises, Heb. 6:10-12. This is “faith toward God” (6:1; 11:6).



By: Joe R. Price

Posted September 8, 2021