Foundations of Faith Part 2: Faith and Repentance
JESUS CHRIST – THE FOUNDATION
1 Corinthians 3:10-11 (LOVETT) As a skilled architect and master builder, I have by God’s grace laid the foundation . . . . this is the only foundation there is. No other foundation can be laid for this building, since the foundation is Jesus Christ Himself.
We build our lives on what Jesus established through His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.
Hebrews 6:1-2 (TPT) Now is the time for us to progress beyond the basic message of Christ and advance into perfection . . . .
FAITH AND REPENTANCE
Ephesians 4:22-24 (MSG) . . . everything–and I do mean everything–connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life–a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you.
The word “character” has to do with the features that make up and distinguish an individual.
- Holy – He does what is right.
1 John 4:17 (CJB) Here is how love has been brought to maturity with us: as the Messiah is, so are we in the world.
Hebrews 6:1-2 (TPT) Now is the time for us to progress beyond the basic message of Christ and advance into perfection. The foundation has already been laid for us to build upon:  turning away from our dead works to  embrace faith in God,  teaching about different baptisms,  impartation by the laying on of hands,  resurrection of the dead, and  eternal judgment.
Repentance is when our heart turns away from dead works—things that produce death in our lives.
- Repentance isn’t about God loving you.
- Repentance is about God freeing you.
God’s Plan for You
- Know God – Righteousness
- Find Freedom – Repentance & Faith
- Discover Purpose – Your Impartation/Ministry
- Make a Difference – Resurrection & Judgment
Dead works are works done from:
- A selfish motivation. Me first life.
- A faith-in-self mentality. Me only life. No union with God.
Romans 4:17-22 (NLB) The Holy Writings say, “I have made you a father of many nations.” This promise is good because of Who God is. He makes the dead live again. He speaks, and something is made out of nothing. Abraham believed he would be the father of many nations. He had no reason to hope for this . . . . Abraham was about one hundred years old. His body was about dead, but his faith in God was not weak when he thought of his body. His faith was not weak when he thought of his wife Sarah being past the age of having children . . . . His faith in God was strong, and he gave thanks to God . . . . Abraham put his trust in God.
Turn away from dead works and turn to the promises of God.