An Investigation Into The Effectiveness Of Faith In The Life Of A Christian

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An Investigation Into The Effectiveness Of Faith In The Life Of A Christian


Chapter One


Introduction

1.1 Background of the study

The New Testament authors emphasize unremittingly that the key to genuine human flourishing is faith in Jesus Christ as the revealed and revealing Word of God, “the Way, the Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6). In the Gospels Jesus speaks and acts with a hitherto unknown authority that confounds his enemies but induces many others to seek him out and put him at the center of their lives. The latter he praises for their faith; the former he reproaches in the strongest terms, threatening that on the day of reckoning they will fare even worse than the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah. Similarly, in his Epistles St. Paul insists that it is faith in Jesus Christ, rather than observance of the moral, judicial, and ritual precepts of the Mosaic Law, that effects our liberation from the slavery of sin and the dawn of a new life as the adopted sons and daughters of our Father God. And even though Paul cautions that faith in Christ is worthless without the filial love of God and concomitant fraternal love of neighbor that Christ has made possible for us, it is clear that faith is prior to charity at least insofar as it gives us our initial cognitive and affective access to the object of our supernatural love.

Faith in Christ, then, lies at the heart of the Christian way of life. But what exactly is this faith and how exactly does it function within the Christian life? What vision of ultimate truth does it set before us? What ideal way of life does it propose for us? And how does one imbued with that vision and that ideal, along with the wisdom they promise, look upon the main alternatives proposed by philosophers who have sought wisdom outside the framework of faith in Jesus Christ? These are some of the questions I wish to broach hereMy purpose thus differs at least formally from that of the many contemporary Christian philosophers who have been trying to show that faith in Christ is reasonable by standards of rationality that have some purchase even on non-believers. This is an important project for Christian philosophers to undertake, especially in our present philosophical culture, which by and large rejects, oftentimes aggressively, Jesus Christ and faith in him.1 What’s more, much good fruit has come of this project. Not only have currently fashionable accounts of rationality been subjected to rigorous scrutiny, but comprehensive and philosophically interesting alternatives have been proposed in their stead.

The Bible was written for people with no real faith. We all begin with a minus. If we have no faith, reading the Bible produces it, and if we have some faith we get more the same way. We don’t acquire faith first and bring it to scripture. Scripture encourages faith “faith comes by hearing the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).Many who don’t believe don’t read the Bible. They are sick and leave the medicine with the bottle tightly corked. People without faith should be warned that if they open the Bible they are likely to finish up as believers. The Bible brings us to the cross people do not start moving mountains until they have been to mount Calvary. They could not move even a molehill or a mole. Real faith doesn’t start in university. We’ll have less if we go there without any! If we have not been to where Christ save not even a Doctorate in Theology will do. The starting point is fired at the “green hill for away outside the city wall”. From there, we tread on and on towards the mark of the high calling of God in Christ (Philippians 3:14). Walking in doubt is like going back to a Victorian age. We need a radar and faith provides it in this world of uncertainly.“ the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith as it is written, ‘the just shall live by faith’ (Romans 1:17).

Believe God! It is life’s knowledge and experience across the area of faith as widely as I can, whether people are well along the road or just and share treasures with them I have collected over a life time. The plus life, one morning Jesus walked along the shingled edge of Lake Galilee and beckoned too few local fishermen. He said, “follow me!” (Matthew 4:19). At the moment everything began for them. Until then “Everything” had only been fish and then it became people, action, and changing world history, with ever-increasing faith, ever-increasing effects. Jesus did not call them, smiles and wear sackcloth. Jesus didn’t want to turn folk into stick in the – mud’ people.

He wasn’t so conventional himself! The disciplines caught His bubbling spirit, which challenged the stuffy establishment. He showed them new things, especially faith and love, and them they conquered the world. The primary truth about God is that He is the Deliverer, the emancipator, and the saviour. He is God only to the free. Faith is a venture that turns life into an adventure. Doubts get us nowhere. They are mooring ropes. Believing God means we cast off, like ships designed for riding the high seas and going somewhere. Faith inspires. Doubt paralyzes. Faith says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” unbelief does nothing, faith is God is exciting.

We becomes what we were born to be only when we are “born again” by faith in Christ Jesus. Christ said, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). The world’s greatest book on freedom is the Bible. The very idea of freedom came from the Bible not from Greece or Rome. Read it! Remember God made the first free nation ever seen on earth, Israel, and He wants to put a sense of liberty in our very soul. God opposes tyranny. The Gospel makes us the freeborn sons of God.


1.2 Statement Of The Problem

People have talked about those who “bury themselves in religion”. Well, in religion may be, but Christianity is Christ, and you can’t call Christ a religion! He is the resurrection and the life. Christ said, “If you hold to my teaching. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32). He is no deceiver millions have found themselves gloriously free through the Gospel. His words do not strike us with rules and commandments. His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

The Sermon on the Mount describes what Christians are naturally, what they want to do, not what people should be like.When Paul the Apostle was preaching in an upstairs room in Trocas “there was many lights” there (Acts 20:8). The Bible writers have a way of saying that kind of thing when conveying a spiritual truth. It is in view of this that the researcher intends to investigate the effectiveness of faith in the life of a Christian


1.3 Objective Of The Study

The main objective of this study is to investigate the effectiveness of faith in the life of a Christian, to aid the completion of the study, the following specific objectives were formulated:

  1. To investigate the effectiveness of faith in the life of a Christian
  2. To investigate the effect of faith in living a successful Christian life
  3. To evaluate the role of pastors in growing the faith of Christians
  4. To ascertain if there is a relationship between personal believes and Christian faith

1.4 Research Hypotheses

To aid the completion of the study, the following research hypotheses were formulated by the researcher

  1. H0: The effectiveness of faith has no effect on the growth of Christian life
    H1: The effectiveness of faith has effect on the growth of Christian life
  2. H02: Faith does not contribute to effective Christian life
    H2: Faith does contribute to effective Christian life

1.5 Significance Of The Study

It is believed that at the completion of the study, the findings will be of significant importance to the christiandom, as the findings intend to spell out the importance and advantages of the effectiveness of faith in the life of a christian.The findings will also be of great importance to the academia’s as the findings will add to the pool of knowledge. And finally the study will be of great importance to students, teachers and the general public.


1.6 Scope And Limitation Of The Study

The scope of this study covers an investigation into the effectiveness of faith in the life of a Christian in Nigeria, in the cause of the study, there were some factors which limited the scope of the study:

(a) Availability of research material:

The research material available to the researcher is insufficient, thereby limiting the study.

(b) Time:

The time frame allocated to the study does not enhance wider coverage as the researcher has to combine other academic activities and examinations with the study.

(c) Finance:

The finance available for the research work does not allow for wider coverage as resources are very limited as the researcher has other academic bills to cover.


1.7 Definition Of Terms

Christian

A Christian is a person who follows or adheres to Christianity, an Abrahamic, monotheistic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

Faith

Faith is confidence or trust in a particular system of religious belief in which faith may equate to confidence based on some perceived degree of warrant.

Christian faith

It also includes a belief in the New Covenant. According to most Christian traditions, Christian faith requires a belief in Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, which he states is the plan of God the Father. The precise understanding of the term “faith” differs among the various Christian traditions.


1.8 Organization Of The Study

This research work is organized in five chapters, for easy understanding, as follows

  1. Chapter one is concern with the introduction, which consist of the (overview, of the study), statement of problem, objectives of the study, research question, significance or the study, research methodology, definition of terms and historical background of the study.
  2. Chapter two highlight the theoretical framework on which the study its based, thus the review of related literature.
  3. Chapter three deals on the research design and methodology adopted in the study.
  4. Chapter four concentrate on the data collection and analysis and presentation of finding.
  5. Chapter five gives summary, conclusion, and recommendations made of the study.

Chapter Five


Summary, Conclusion And Recommendation

5.1 Introduction

It is important to ascertain that the objective of this study was on an investigation into the effectiveness of faith in the life of a Christian in Nigeria.

In the preceding chapter, the relevant data collected for this study were presented, critically analyzed and appropriate interpretation given. In this chapter, certain recommendations made which in the opinion of the researcher will be of benefits in addressing the challenges of effectiveness of Christian in Nigeria.


5.2 Summary

The According to Pastor Wiggles forth, we can be hooked on fear. What then? Only fear can get us off the hook. It is the only know antidote to the cobra’s bite of obsessive alarm. Jesus said, “Fear not! Only believer!” (Luke 8:30). Why “only because when that curse threatens us. It is also a case of great fear, little faith, which leaves us in fearful danger. Fear and worry are killers. Some fear is good, and some is bad. We get that in the bible. The book of reverbs speaks of it as a virtue fourteen times.” The fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom….Is a fourteen of life ….. Is riches honor life,” and so on (Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 14:27, 22:4). Yet, and 1 John 4:18 says, “Fear has torment. He who fears is not made perfect ion love”

If you read Exodus 20:20, you will both aspects, “do not be afraid, God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning. Actually, the Authorized Version uses the one word “fear” to translated no less than 25 different Hebrew verbs and noun in the Old Testament. How can “fear” be both good and bad? The answer depends on what or who we fear. To fear God is a wholesome attitude. When you fear the devil, it is a sign that you don’t fear God there is no faith. The essence of fear is to be faced by something greater than ourselves, some greater person or being or intelligence or power. Whatever it is that we see as the greatest thing is where our fear lies. If we see God as the greater we shall fear God more than the devil or men. If we fear the devil most, then we think of him as being greater than god.

The fear of the Lord is good the Lord is great, great in significance, great in wisdom, great in power. To feat God has a salutary effect upon our live. It is a healthy fear, producing good. We shall not put foot wrong when we walk before the Lord. If we know he holds us in his hands, we shall “hate evil,” As Proverbs 8:13 Says. Fearing God makes us godly. We have a healthy respect for God because of His overwhelming power but also for his unmovable will- nothing Charge his purposes. He is great enough to crush us but great enough to show us mercy. The fear of the Lord is the only good fear. Other fears are bad – worry, anxiety, dread. That is a terrible state of mind, but there is an answer to fear God, trust him.


5.3 Conclusion

The It is not size of your faith but size of the God you believe in that determine the size of the results. Too many have too small a God a gentle Jesus meek and mild God or a harmless old granddad God or a pleasant morning English church God who slips out at sunrise to watch a cricket on the village green or a false god. Million knows that faith in Christ revolutionized them and set them about the business of telling everybody about. Him and also trying to make this world a better place. It would be tedious even to list the gods the horrors their followers committed to please them Christians were roasted alive on grid-irons to please the Roman deities. We all believe and belief is potent force. The God of Mathew Mark, Luke, John and Paul is the God revealed in Jesus Christ whop laid down his life us all retook it, rising from the grave.


5.4 Recommendations

The researcher therefore recommends that Christians should spend more times in studying the word so as to grow their faith which is the bedrock of Christian growth.


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