What is Faith?

How is grace received?

What is faith?

What is the right direction?

In order to receive grace, God calls all people to respond by faith.  God's grace is only received through faith.  But what is faith?

Faith is to have trust or confidence in something or someone as being sufficient to meet the need.

Here is an analogy to help us understand faith which leads to repentance.

Let's say you and a friend decide to take a road trip south, so you get in the car and start driving. After a while you start to notice your destination has not been on any of the road signs, but it doesn't fully hit you until you reach a sign that says: welcome to Canada.

At this point you wouldn't just say to your friend I'm sorry and keep driving north. Rather, you would say I'm sorry and you would turn around and head in the opposite direction. Your whole reality has changed.

 You initially had faith in your own ability to navigate and were fully convinced you were heading in the right direction, but now you know you were actually a bad navigator and headed in the completely wrong direction. So, humbly you confess you are wrong AND you turn around, this is repentance.

So what is the right direction?

The right direction is having confidence that God's grace provided by Jesus Christ's life, death, burial, and resurrection is sufficient to pay your sin price.  Therefore, you can do nothing to pay the debt you owe.  To think that you can make yourself more acceptable to God by doing “good” is simply a form of bribery, but God is a good judge.  He cannot and will not accept bribery, He cannot and will not accept those who are trying to work their own way to heaven, or those who refuse to respond in faith to His Grace.

God's grace is a gift freely given to those who respond in faith this is the only right direction.  Now your faith is in Christ alone. And this is called saving faith.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God. Not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Do not wait any longer -- respond in faith and get plugged in so you can grow in your new-found faith!