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Lesson 2: Faith and Assurance

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Lesson 2: Faith and Assurance

Scripture Memorization
 
Begin memorizing 1 John 5:12-13
“He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God, does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”
Hebrews 6:18-19 —He has given us both his promise and His oath, two things we can completely count on, for it is impossible for God to tell a lie. Now all those who flee to Him to save them can take new courage when they hear such assurances from God; now they can know without doubt that He will give them the salvation He has promised them. This certain hope of being saved is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our soul, connecting us withGod Himself behind the sacred curtains of heaven.
(The Living Bible, paraphrased)
It is a comfort to know that God intends for us to be sure of our salvation. He simply wants us to have faith, trusting Him and believing He will do everything He said. In this lesson, you will learn:
  1. God is faithful and keeps His promises.
  2. He promises us eternal life.
  3. We obtain His promises by faith.
  4. We can know with confidence that we have the eternal life He promises.

PRAY before you start! Answer the questions briefly in your own words.

ASSURANCE means to have the evidence and proof to know for certain that something is true.

FAITHFULNESS refers to the character of someone who has shown he is trustworthy and can be relied upon to keep his word.

Journal

Write answers to the following questions in your journal or notebook.

  • How is God described regarding His promise? (Hebrews 10:23)
  • If we don’t believe or have faith, what happens to God’s faithfulness? (2 Timothy 2:13)
  • What does God promise us? (1 John 2:25)
  • How do we obtain or inherit the promise of God for ourselves? (Hebrews 6:12)
  • What pleases God? (Hebrews 11:5-6)
  • Where do we get our faith? (Romans 10:17)

Our feelings and emotions change from day to day. On some days we may not “feel” like God loves us. Do not be deceived by feelings and emotions. We cannot put our trust in feelings that will change.

  • Who or what should we trust in, that never changes? (1 Peter 1:24-25, Hebrews 13:8)

While our feelings come and go, we can have our faith steady and solid by basing it on what God has said in His word. Here are a few of the things God has told us:

  • When we come to Jesus, what is the one thing He has promised not to do? (John 6:37)
  • What can separate us from the love God has for us? (Romans 8:38-39)
  • When we yield to God’s Spirit and let Him lead us, who does the Bible say we are? (Romans 8:14)
  • We are told to love one another. What does the Bible say about those who have God’s love? (1 John 3:14, 1 John 4:7)
  • Because God (our Father) disciplines us when we go against His will, what does this tell us about our relationship with Him? (Hebrews 12:6-7)
  • How can we be sure that we know God? (1 John 2:3)
  • If we have Jesus in our hearts and believe in Him, what do we have? (John 3:16, 1 John 5:12 )
  • Jesus is called the Good Shepherd. How do we know we are His sheep? (John 10:27)
  • Are you one of His sheep? How do you know for sure?

For more about FAITH, read Hebrews 11:1-40

In your journal, write out the verse you memorized for lesson 2.