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What Is Faith?

Charlie Boyd - 11/27/2022


Today, we are “pushing pause” on our James study to dig deeper into a biblical definition of faith. I think you would agree that the most important and most basic question for a follower of Jesus is: What is faith? So, we all need to be on the same page when it comes to faith because, according to Scripture, the faith that saves you eternally is the same faith that saves you temporally—that is, that saves you and keeps you and brings you through the trial of this life right here, right now (cf Col2:6-7). In both the OT and the NT, faith is trusting that God is who he says he is and that he will do for you what he says he will do. Faith is trusting that God will keep his promises to you. In the OT, faith was believing that there is One, True, and Living God—an all-wise, all-powerful, all-loving God who keeps his promises. The same thing is true in the NT. Faith is believing that the One, True, and Living God came to this earth in the person of Jesus, who lived and died and rose from the dead to forgive our sins and to bring us back into a personal relationship with God. And Jesus promises that if you put your faith and trust in him, he will keep his promises to you. Faith is trusting that God—that Jesus—is who he says he is, and he will do for you what he has promised to do. And when you enter into a relationship with God through faith in Christ, you grow in that same faith becomes the lens through which you view all of life. The story of the Roman centurion’s servant in Matthew 8:5-13 illustrates the nature of biblical faith.

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 8:5-13


  • It’s possible to grow into a life-transforming kind of faith.
  • A faith-based relationship is what God has always wanted—not simply obedience. When there is trust, obedience follows. 
  • The story of Jesus and the centurion in Matthew 8:5-13 illustrates the kind of confidence in Jesus that honors God and astonishes Jesus.
  • Your faith—your confidence in God—is the lens through which you view and interpret all of life. It determines how you make sense of the trials of life. It determines IF you will move through those trials with a growing confidence in God or not. 
  • Nothing honors God and protects you more than a growing confidence in God.

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