Key Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV): For we walk by faith, not by sight.
I. WHAT IS FAITH?
Faith is defined as belief with strong conviction; firm belief in something for which there may be no tangible proof; complete trust, confidence, reliance, or devotion. Faith is the opposite of doubt.
Webster's New World College Dictionary defines faith as "unquestioning belief that does not require proof or evidence; unquestioning belief in God, religious tenets."
The Bible gives a short definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1
II. Faith: Why Do We Need It?
Faith is necessary to please God. Hebrews 11:6 notes, "And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he
rewards those who seek him." Not only does faith please God, it leads to reward—eternal life, heavenly rewards, and experience of fullness of life on earth (John 10:10).
III. Examine Your Faith
2 Corinthian 13:5(MSG) Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out.
Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV) Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Matthew 21:22 (NKJV) And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.
Romans 10:17 (NKJV) So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your