The Lord’s Definition Of A Believer
By Brian A. Yeager
A. The Lord doesn’t look on man as man does (I Samuel 16:7).
1. The Lord’s thinking is not defined by us (Isaiah 55:7-9).
2. Our thoughts need to be defined by Him (Proverbs 3:5-7).
B. We must remember that the Lord views things as either/or (Luke 11:23).
1. He says do it or don’t, but there is no middle ground (Revelation 3:14-16).
2. God says choose (I Kings 18:21).
II. Body: God differentiates between believers and unbelievers based on action (Luke 6:46-49).
A. A believer has a Greek dictionary definition (as used in I Timothy 4:12): “trustworthy; subjectively, trustful:--believe(-ing, -r), faithful(-ly), sure, true” (Strong’s # 4103).
1. God’s definition of faith: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen… But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:1; 6).
a. Faith is what moves us to please God (Hebrews 11:5; 7).
b. Faith works by what (Galatians 5:6)?
c. How is love proven (John 14:15)?
2. Faith must be obtained (II Peter 1:1), continued in (John 8:30-31 and Acts 14:21-22), and put to continuous use (Titus 3:14).
3. An example of believers is found in those who receive and do the word of God (I Thessalonians 1:3-10).
B. There is a difference between saying God exists and being a believer (James 2:14-26).
1. Being a believer is about action (James 1:19-27).
2. Just because people show interest, become fascinated, etc.; that does not mean they believe (Mark 6:1-6).
C. Because they believed not (Psalms 78:1-32).
1. This lesson applies to us (Hebrews 3:1-4:3).
2. The word WORKS on true believers (I Thessalonians 2:13).
III. Conclusion: Are you a believer (Titus 3:8)?
© 2017 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager