Our small group is doing a Bible study on Hebrews and this week was Hebrews 11, the faith chapter. Most people turn to this chapter when they’re looking for bible verse about faith. Just the first verse in Hebrews chapter 11 gives us a great definition to help us understand the answer to the question, what is faith?
Now faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see. – Hebrews 11:1
Bible Study on Hebrews Chapter 11: The Faith Chapter
There are quite a few Bible verses about faith – just take a look at the 50+ listed below! But if you only had time to read just one chapter in the Bible and you wanted to focus on scriptures about faith, Hebrews chapter 11 is the place to turn.
Here’s a few points from Hebrews 11 that we discussed in our small group:
- Godly legacies come by faith (Heb. 11:4)
- Pleasing God comes by faith (Heb. 11:6)
- Righteousness comes by faith (Heb. 11:7)
- Our inheritance comes by faith (Heb. 11:8-10)
- Our worship comes by faith (Heb. 11:21)
- Resurrection from death comes by faith (Heb. 11:35)
Having ‘faith’ in God means so much more than believing that he created the universe. Even the demons believe that there is a God, and they shudder at the idea according to James 2:19.
Our faith is an instrument by which we are justified through Christ. It’s also the action through which a person receives the righteousness that comes through Christ (Rom 3:22 and Phil 3:9).
For believers, faith is a way of life. In Hebrews chapter 11, the author gives us a brief history lesson highlighting the lives of these Heroes of Faith. From Abel to Moses, Abraham and David these heroes and heroines of faith lived with an earnest expectation to seek God and to grow in a relationship with Him.
Be encouraged as you read Hebrew chapter 11 and the following Bible verses about faith!
See, he is puffed up; his desires are not upright but the righteous will live by his faith
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.”
The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”
17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.
For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.
II Corinthians 5:7
Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.
We live by faith, not by sight.
know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”
So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.”
So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ[a] that we might be justified by faith.
You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.
and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.
I Thessalonians 1:3
We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
I Thessalonians 5:8
But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
II Thessalonians 1:3
We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.
1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
1 Timothy 1:19
holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith.
2 Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Famous Bible Passage on Faith and Deeds
One of the most talked about passages in the Bible when it comes to faith is James 2:14-26. This passage discusses faith and good works (or faith and deeds).
Faith and Deeds
14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
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