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Many times we need to look to the past to help us understand things that affect our lives today. 

It may have been easier for people to understand the word "faith" in the times when the Bible was written because, at that time 1) many people understood the Hebrew and Greek languages in which the scriptures were originally written, and 2) the definitions and ideas surrounding the word "faith" had not changed significantly from the date of the writings.

Today, however, the word "faith" has definitions and meanings that extend beyond the original meaning of the word.  As with many English words, the meanings seem to change from decade to decade, taking on new ideas and concepts.  As a result, there are some who misunderstand what the scriptures originally meant by the word "faith." 

The following scripture underscores the importance of us understanding the true meaning of faith:

"...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 seek Him." Hebrews 11:6(New American Standard Version - NAS)


After completing this lesson, you will be better prepared to answer the following questions:

  • What is meant in scripture when it talks of a person having faith?

  • What is the difference between belief, hope and true faith?

  • What is "obedience of faith?"

  • What is the relationship of grace and faith in the salvation process?

  • What does it mean to "break faith" with God?

About This Lesson:

In the first five questions in this lesson, we will look quickly at the meanings of the Greek and Hebrew words that are translated into English as "faith."  For the balance of the lesson, we will look at examples of the word "faith" being used in scripture.  The lesson is divided into the following areas:




Old Testament - Hebrew Words for "Faith."


New Testament - Greek Words for "Faith."


Faith Defined.


Examples of Faith in Scripture.


Faith Vs. Grace, The Law of Moses, Works & Love


Breaking Faith

This lesson will be a brief introduction to "faith," so it does not fully cover the entire subject of faith.  In order to better understand faith, read the scriptures daily to learn more about the men and women of faith...and to strengthen your own faith in God and Jesus...and their promises to us.

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We suggest that you fully complete Lesson 1 before you begin this lesson.

Click on Question 1 below to continue...

 Question 1