Fundamentals of Faith – Rick McFarland

Preached Sunday November 11th 2018 @ Life Christian Centre

I.       What is Faith?


  1. Definition of faith– original languages


  1. Hebrew- ‘ĕmûnâhfirmness, fidelity, steadfastness,

Brown Driver Briggs Hebrew Dictionary


  1. – Greek– pistisStrongs– “firm persuasion,” a conviction based upon hearing (akin to peitho, “to persuade”)


Vines Expository Dictionary; Persuasion, that is, credence;


  1. Definition of faith according to scripture:


1.     Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped  for, the evidence of things not seen.


  1. Substance– Gr. hupostasisThayerthing put under, substructure, foundation; that which has foundation; that which has actual existence; assurance; title


  1. Faith is the foundation for what we hope


  1. Faith brings what is in existence in the spirit realm into a physical existence in the natural world. Divine health is a spiritual reality that is yours in the Spirit realm. Healing power resides in your spirit man.


  1. Faith is the assurance that we have something although itis


  1. Faith is the title deed of something we possess in the spiritual realm which cannot be seen in the


II.     Faith is Man’s Proper Response to God’s Grace


  1. Faith is the only biblically proper way to respond to God’s


  1. Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.


  1. God requires that what He gives by grace must be received by faith. This includes healing unless the gifts of healings are in operation. This is relatively rare.


  1. Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,


  1. We are not saved by grace! We are saved by grace through faith! The word sozo means saved- both spiritually and in our physical body. It is translated as healed and whole in the NT. We are healed by grace through faith.


  1. Rom 4:16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us


  1. All of God’s promises are made sure to us by God’s grace through
  1. Rom 5:2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace [health] in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.


  1. We must access God’s grace through faith!


  1. Grace [healing] is not automatically given to every person apart from faith. If this was the case, then everyone would be equally manifesting the same health and wholeness all of the This is not the case.


  1. Faith is from God and is a gift from However, believing is a choice to use that faith.


  1. Rom 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of


  1. God’s provision does not come from wishful thinking or even hoping. It is manifested by faith!


  1. When the gospel is preached faith comes into us. After salvation it comes up and then out of us by our active believing!



  1. Faith comes from God. “Faith” is a noun. However, “believe” is a verb. Believing is putting faith into action with active receiving from God based upon hearing God’s Word. 10:17


  1. God gives us faith but does not do our believing! It is our responsibility to use our faith and choose to believe God and His promises. Until we believe, God’s grace [healing] will not be manifested in our


  1. Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. [God gives faith, but each person must choose to believe or not believe]


  1. Believing God means that we believe and act upon what God’s Word says above what we see, hear, feel, or


  1. Joh 20:29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have “


III.  Believing- The Release of Faith


  1. Again, faith is a gift from God by hearing His Word. Believing is the use of that faith, which is a decision each person must make for


  1. Faith must be released in order for it to impact our natural


  1. Jas 2:17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead, being alone.


  1. Death in the Bible is not extinction. It is means to be separated from. “Dead faith” is faith in our heart that is not impacting the natural realm. We need to release our faith into the natural to impact our bodies and circumstances.


  1. Faith is released by us in two main ways.


1.     Speaking what we believe


  1. 2Co 4:13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I BELIEVED AND THEREFORE I SPOKE,” we also believe and therefore speak,


  1. Jas 3:3 Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.

Jas 3:4  Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires.

Jas 3:5  Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how great a forest a little fire kindles!

Jas 3:6  And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.


  1. Change in our actions and lives begins with the tongue. It is what will control our body and direct our destiny! Our health is largely connected to our tongue! The world of iniquity we must be most concerned with is in our mouth!


  1. Jesus operated this way! He went around speaking to things!


  1. Mar 11:12 Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry.

Mar 11:13  And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.

Mar 11:14  In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it.


  1. Mar 11:23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.


2.    By acting on what we believe


  1. Act 14:8 And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked.

Act 14:9  This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed,

Act 14:10  said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.


  1. Mat 12:9 Now when He had departed from there, He went into their synagogue.

Mat 12:10  And behold, there was a man who had a withered hand. And they asked Him, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—that they might accuse Him.

Mat 12:11  Then He said to them, “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out?

Mat 12:12  Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

Mat 12:13  Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other.


  1. Luk 5:17  Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.

Luk 5:18  Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him.

Luk 5:19  And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus.

Luk 5:20  When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”

Luk 5:21  And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

Luk 5:22  But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them,  “Why are you reasoning in your hearts?

Luk 5:23  Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’?

Luk 5:24  But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”

Luk 5:25  Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God.


  1. Luk 17:11 Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

Luk 17:12  Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off.

Luk 17:13  And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

Luk 17:14  So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.


  1. As we have seen most often the act of faith needed is to do what you could not do before while being sick or afflicted.


  1. Kenneth E. Hagin’s healing from paralysis.



IV.  Faith is NOW!


  1. One of the most important things to know about faith is that faith is now. Hope is a future


  1. Faith says I have it now before I can see it with my eyes!


  1. Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not


  1. Mar 11:23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done he will have whatever he

(WEB)  For most certainly I tell you, whoever may tell this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and doesn’t doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is happening; he shall have whatever he says.

Mar 11:24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.


  1. Jesus has already provided all things for you They are part of your inheritance. You obtain your inheritance by faith and patience. You must claim what belongs to you as your present possessions before you see them.


  1. Heb 6:12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

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