For some, these facts will be seen as basic.
For others, they will be a new way of thinking about the word faith as it is used in the Bible.
“Without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6)
“Faith comes from hearing (or listening to) the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
This means that faith is not just believing.
It is not believing whatever you think about God.
It is not believing everything others may say about God.
It is not about believing in any god.
Faith is listening to and trusting what God has actually spoken.
God speaks to us through his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus’ words are recorded for us in the Bible by those who heard him—his apostles. (Hebrews 1:2; 2:1-4)
Faith involves more than just believing or trusting. Faith requires obedience. We must put into practice the things God has said to us.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)