What Is Faith and How Do I Get It?

In the Beatitudes Jesus was attempting to convey His values. At its core, He was defining faith in terms that made sense to His audience. How does the new Christian, seeking to become a disciple of Jesus, experience transforming faith?

Faith is a state of relative certainty about matters of ultimate concern sufficient to promote and sustain real-world behavior.

What are the four parts to this definition:

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Comment on your response to these various assertions about faith:

Bad faith . . .

  • is based solely on unquestioned authority.
  • is based on pressures or coercion.
  • is often the result of a psychological need for belonging.
  • appeals to self-interest and base motives. is arrogant and unteachable.
  • is dishonest.
  • is apathetic.
  • is a step backward. 

Healthy faith . . .

  • is humble, teachable, and inquisitive.
  • is grateful.
  • is honest.
  • is communal.
  • is active.
  • is tough.
  • is relational.*

* Adapted with permission from the iFollow Discipleship Resource, ©North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.