A while back I set out on a study of faith and shortly after my studies died down with hardly any conclusions made. This last Sunday during Sunday School faith again peaked my interest and I have since done some more studying. I have reached some conclusions but know there is still much to learn about this basic and necessary principle of the gospel.
So here is what I discovered:
My main goal was to come to an understanding of what it truly means to have faith:
The dictionary shares many definitions of faith including the following:
1 - confidence or trust in a person or thing
2 - belief that is not based on proof
3 - belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion
I felt that they all held a portion of what faith entails but I felt like something was missing. I ended up turning to a different type of dictionary, the Bible Dictionary, where I formed my own definition of faith:
- Faith is to hope for things which are not seen, but which are true.
- Faith is to have confidence in something or someone.
- Faith is a principle of action and power.
- Faith is more than belief.
- Faith is kindled by hearing the testimony of those who have faith.
- Strong faith is developed by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Faith comes by righteousness.
- All true faith must be based on correct knowledge.
- Faith must be cultured and sought after until it grows from a tiny seed into a great tree.
- By faith one obtains a remisssion of sins.
- True faith always moves its possessor to some kind of physical or mental action.
- Faith carries an assurance of the fulfillment of things hoped for.
- Lack of faith leads to despair, which comes because of iniquity.
The remaining portion of this Sunday School lesson we covered the rest of the Fourth Article of Faith which reads:
We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.
I challenge us all to look more closely at our gospel knowledge and study out and come to understand the principles and ordinances necessary for our salvation. I challenge us all to share our testimonies more that our words might be the kindling that sparks the beginning of another's faith. I also challenge us all to continue to seek after faith, to culture our faith, and to develop our faith by our obedience.
Coming soon will be a sister post on Hope.