Faith 101- Class 2
The Professor began his teaching with a recap of the previous class.
“We noticed from a preliminary teaching what faith is:
1. Faith is a spiritual substance...not part of the five-sense earthly realm.
2. God the Creator of all things is a faith God. By faith He created. God said: God saw!
3. He made mankind like Him...to have faith.
4. Faith is a gift. It is accompanied with grace from God only when a person believes and accepts Jesus Christ into his heart.
5. Faith is given to His children to use. ‘Now the just shall live by faith...’
6. Without faith it is impossible to please God.
“Now let’s answer the question from our last class: ‘how can I get faith to work better for me.’
HOW TO DEVELOP FAITH
“Plant it! Say it!
Faith is released through faith-filled words!
That’s the way God’s Kingdom works here on earth. Students, always remember this: No scripture? No faith!
THE SOWER SOWS THE WORD
“Let’s open our Bibles to Mark 4:10. Do you remember when Jesus was teaching His disciples and said, ‘To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God?’
“Jesus was the sower who sowed the good word of His Father.
How? By speaking words!
"He said that He never did anything or spoke anything that He did not first receive from His Father. He was releasing God’s Kingdom ways on earth. When His people were humble (child like), believed what He said and accepted it as true, God’s faith was transferred into their hearts as living seeds.
“‘Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.’ (Romans 10:17) Your heart is the good ground in which God’s word is planted, then grows up. You hear it: you receive it: it becomes yours!
‘The Kingdom of God is in you.’ Luke 17:21)
“Jesus had challenges when preaching about God’s Kingdom.
"Because these things are spiritual. ‘But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.’ (1 Corinthians 2:14)
"Jesus said, ‘The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.’
"Just think, what Jesus planted in His disciples became the New Testament!
HEAR THE WORD OFTEN—SPEAK THE WORD OFTEN
“So we see God’s Word needs to be planted into good ground to produce fruit, just like a farmer who would sow seed on his fertilized land, water it often, and watch over it so that weeds (tares) don’t grow up and kill the good seed.
"Guard your heart students; keep it plowed by studying the Word every day.
“Whatever the need or desire you have, you have a right to receive.
"The same Blood that saved you on the cross gave you over 5,000 precious promises to live by. But if they are not acted on — in faith — they will stay dormant and the will of God will not be accomplished.
“Our next class: Requirements of Faith.”
This is that...which your Father said:
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)