Jul 3 2014
Faith Comes Through Hearing The Word Of God

Since faith comes through hearing the word of God we thought we would do just that. Here we list a few verses from God’s word about saving faith in the Son of God, in Jesus.

Faith Comes Through Hearing Hearing of what Faith is, and how it impacts life, comes from hearing God’s word. This could be from preaching. But we can also hear from reading. When reading the word of God, from which good preaching comes, we hear.

To hear in this context is to understand. The faith we are to understand is faith in God which is a key to salvation.

First Things First

The first issue that leads to faith is a turning from sin as stated in Act 20:21 where Paul is talking about his teaching of, “testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The first part of 20:21 speaks to the need of repentance. The second part of the verse moves us toward faith in Jesus. First we need to repent of our sin. Then, we move toward Jesus in faith, accepting Him for who He is.

A Description of Faith – what it does and how Faith works

Dr. Wiersbe says, “True Bible faith is confident obedience to God’s word despite circumstances and consequences.”

It may take a while to get there even though faith is simple. God speaks, faith comes Faith Comes Through Hearingthrough hearing, we hear. Perhaps we can shorten the time period by saturating our self in hearing, in God’s word. Faith comes through hearing but many of us are skeptical. That being the case there is one step toward faith that may work. That one small step is to approach the Holy Spirit in prayer. Hey, what do you have to lose?

Pray something like, “Holy Spirit, I want to believe, I want to have faith in God. If you are real please open my heart, my mind and my life to have faith in God and to see He is real. Take my unbelief away. In Jesus name I pray, Amen”. Then, wait and see. In the meantime, since faith comes through hearing, listen while you wait.

A great place to do some listening is to hear God’s word. Read the Book of Mark. Mark spells out the gospel in which we are to have faith. Jesus tells of His gospel using many interesting stories.

Go to Hebrews chapter 11 where we see some great examples of faith. The first part of verse one says that faith is the assurance, or the reality, or the substance of things hoped for. Part two says that faith is the conviction, or the proof, or the evidence of things not seen.

The Message translation puts it this way, Heb 11:1  “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.” MSG Once again we see that faith comes through hearing the word of God.

The above verse is a description of Faith, what it does for us in life. Faith in God is a trust in Him that makes faith in Him a firm foundation in life. Faith in Jesus makes “life worth living”. Faith and hope are partners that form a reality and a proof of some things we cannot see.

God is somewhat like the wind or like gravity. We can’t see the wind. We can’t see faith comes through hearing gravity. But we see the evidence of their presence. We can’t see God. But we see and understand the evidence and reality of His presence. Evidence of God is all around us in nature. More evidence is in His Word, the Bible. We have even more evidence of God in how He works in the lives of people. We see some of that in the lives of Hebrews chapter 11. Read this one chapter and see how faith comes through hearing God’s Holy Word.

Saving Faith Comes Through Hearing

First comes repentance then faith. Turning away from sin and a turning to God. Acts 20: verse 21 (HCSB)  “I testified to both Jews and Greeks about repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus.”

Eph 2:8  For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Conclusion of Faith Comes Through Hearing

1Pe 1:8  Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9  obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.faith comes through hearing

1Pe 1:8  You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him–with laughter and singing. 9  Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.

Since faith comes through hearing may I encourage listening to as much of God’s word as possible. MARK is a great book to start with. On YouTube Mark is recorded on chapter per video with the reading in Message translation. The Message is an excellent translation for listening.  

Rom 10:17  So then faith comes through hearing, or by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. NKJV

1Th 2:13  Also, this is why we constantly thank God, because when you received the message about God that you heard from us, you welcomed it not as a human message, but as it truly is, the message of God, which also works effectively in you believers. HCSB

Faith comes through hearing – one more example:

1Th 2:13 And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers. MSG

 

Related Articles:

The Related articles listed below expand each of the 5 planks above + Faith. These provide you with more material to take the gospel to people the Holy Spirit leads to you.

This article gives a capsule of the following points in Presenting The Gospel

The 1st Plank is Accountable To God

The 2nd Plank is How Do You Measure Up

The 3rd Plank is We All Have Sinned

The 4th Plank is We Need An Outside Source For Help

The 5th Plank is The Uniqueness of Jesus

And The Final Plank is Faith Comes Through Hearing which is this article – see above

 

Here’s a sample from MARK’s gospel, Chapter 5

 

May God use you in using these articles and videos to His Glory. 

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About Joe Voutour

Joe Voutour now lives in Arizona via the Seattle WA area. He has an BA in Psychology and a Masters in Business. Joe is retired from his Life Insurance and Financial Planning career. Joe speaks, teaches and loves writing articles focused on helping people think about various businesses and other issues. His writing includes business reviews, economics, Christianity and other subjects of interest. Joe and his bride, Shirley, live in the White Mtns. region of AZ. Joe Voutour is a Founding Member of Vertical Rising.