What is Faith?
Our God is abundant in love and steadfast in mercy. He saves us, not because we trust in a symbol, but because we trust in a Savior.
– Max Lucado
Why does faith matter?
Faith requires a personal commitment
Faith flows through conversion
Faith creates connection within the church
Faith generates community within the church
Faith brings Christian freedom
Stand firm and take up the shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
– Ephesians 6:16
The Role of the Shield
The shield allows withstanding attack
The shield focuses attention
The shield brings the possibility of arrangement
The shield gives assurance of stability
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
– Hebrews 11:1-3
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
– Hebrews 11:6
The Role of Faith
Faith is the source of hope
Faith generates genuine certainty
Faith is the source of understanding
Faith is means that God is pleased
What is Salvation?
God’s salvation does not come in response to a changed life. A changed life comes in response to the salvation, offered as a free gift.
– Timothy Keller
Salvation is deliverance from sin
Salvation reveals our dependence
Salvation is the end of death
Salvation is the beginning of dedication
Stand firm and take the helmet of salvation
– Ephesians 6:17
Role of the Helmet
The helmet protected the head
The helmet could not be pierced
The helmet proved position
The Purpose of Salvation
Salvation protects the spirit for eternity
Salvation cannot be penetrated
Salvation reveals our place in Christ
How should we handle faith and salvation?
Both will lead to spiritual life
Both bring stability in life
Both are meant to be shared
Both are the steadfast reasons for the church
Both give strength in the daily grind