GPC18: Faith in Jesus Christ, Gospel Principles Comments and Resources

Gospel Principles
Unit 6: The Gospel of Jesus Christ
Chapter 18: Faith in Jesus Christ
Comments and Resources

"The Prophet Joseph Smith taught:  'three things are necessary in order that any rational and intelligent being may exercise faith in God unto life and salvation.

"First, the idea that he actually exists.

"Secondly, a correct idea of his character, perfections, and attributes.

"Thirdly, an actual knowledge that the course of life which he is pursuing is according to his will" (Lectures on Faith, p. 33, 3:2-5).

During the study of this topic we will learn what faith is, some principles upon which it operates, and how you can increase your faith."


Resources:
Gospel Principles: Chapter 18
The Articles of Faith, Chapter 5.

Scriptures:

1 Nephi 7:11-18; 17
  "11 Yea, and how is it that ye have forgotten what great things the Lord hath done for us, in delivering us out of the hands of Laban, and also that we should obtain the record?
  12 Yea, and how is it that ye have forgotten that the Lord is able to do all things according to his will, for the children of men, if it so be that they exercise faith in him?  Wherefore, let us be faithful to him.
  13 And if it so be that we are faithful to him, we shall obtain the land of promise; and ye shall know at some future period that the word of the Lord shall be fulfilled concerning the destruction of Jerusalem; for all things which the Lord hath spoken concerning the destruction of Jerusalem must be fulfilled.
  14 For behold, the Spirit of the Lord ceaseth soon to strive with them; for behold, they have rejected the prophets, and Jeremiah have they cast into prison.  And they have sought to take away the life of my father, insomuch that they have driven him out of the land.
  15 Now behold, I say unto you that if ye will return unto Jerusalem ye shall also perish with them.  And now, if ye have choice, go up to the land, and remember the words which I speak unto you, that if ye go ye will also perish; for thus the Spirit of the Lord constraineth me that I should speak.
  16 And it came to pass that when I, Nephi, had spoken these words unto my brethren, they were angry with me.  And it came to pass that they did lay their hands upon me, for behold, they were exceedingly wroth, and they did bind me with cords, for they sought to take away my life, that they might leave me in the wilderness to be devoured by wild beasts.
  17 But it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord, saying: O Lord, according to my faith which is in thee, wilt thou deliver me from the hands of my brethren; yea, even give me strength that I may burst these bands with which I am bound.
  18 And it came to pass that when I had said these words, behold, the bands were loosed from off my hands and feet, and I stood before my brethren, and I spake unto them again."

1 Nephi 17
"Nephi is commanded to build a ship His brethren oppose him He exhorts them by recounting the history of God s dealings with Israel He is filled with the power of God His brethren are forbidden to touch him, lest they whither as a dried reed.  About 592 591 B.C."

Alma 32, 56-57
Alma 32
"Alma teaches the poor whose afflictions had humbled them Faith is a hope in that which is not seen which is true Alma testifies that angels minister to men, women, and children Alma compares the word unto a seed It must be planted and nourished Then it grows into a tree from which the fruit of eternal life is picked.  About 74 B.C."

Alma 56
"Helaman sends an epistle to Moroni recounting the state of the war with the Lamanites Antipus and Helaman gain a great victory over the Lamanites Helaman s two thousand stripling sons fight with miraculous power and none of them are slain.  About 66 62 B.C."

Alma 57
"Helaman recounts the taking of Antiparah and the surrender and later the defense of Cumeni His Ammonite striplings fight valiantly and all are wounded, but none are slain Gid reports the slaying and the escape of the Lamanite prisoners.  About 64 63 B.C."

Ether 12
"The prophet Ether exhorts the people to believe in God Moroni recounts the wonders and marvels done by faith Faith enabled the brother of Jared to see Christ The Lord gives men weaknesses that they may be humble The brother of Jared moved Mount Zerin by faith Faith, hope, and charity are essential to salvation Moroni saw Jesus face to face."

Moroni 7
"An invitation to enter into the rest of the Lord Pray with real intent The Spirit of Christ enables men to know good from evil Satan persuades men to deny Christ and do evil The prophets manifest the coming of Christ By faith miracles are wrought and angels minister Men should hope for eternal life and cleave unto charity.  Between A.D. 400 and 421."

Moses 6-7
Moses 6
"Adam's seed keep a book of remembrance His righteous posterity preach repentance God reveals himself to Enoch Enoch preaches the gospel The plan of salvation was revealed to Adam He received baptism and the priesthood."
Moses 7
"Enoch teaches, leads the people, moves mountains The City of Zion is established Enoch foresees the coming of the Son of Man, his atoning sacrifice, and the resurrection of the saints He foresees the restoration, the gathering, the Second Coming, and the return of Zion."

1 Samuel 17
"Israel and the Philistines engage in war Goliath of Gath, a giant, defies Israel, and challenges any Israelite to personal combat David goes against him in the name of the Lord David slays Goliath with a sling and a stone Israel defeats the Philistines."

Matthew 9
"Jesus forgives sins, heals a paralytic, and calls Matthew He eats with sinners; a woman is healed by touching his garments; and he raises Jairus daughter to life He opens blind eyes, casts out a devil, and preaches the gospel."

Romans 4,10
Romans 4
"Abraham's faith was imputed to him for righteousness Man is justified by faith, righteous works, and grace."
Romans 10
"Salvation comes through righteousness to those who believe in Christ Faith comes by hearing the gospel taught by legal administrators sent of God."

Hebrews 11
"By faith we understand the word and work of God Faith of the ancients was centered in Christ By faith men subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, and worked miracles."

James 2
"God hath chosen the poor of this world rich in faith Salvation gained by keeping the whole law Faith without works is dead."

Articles of Faith 1:4  "We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the Gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third, Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost."


Topical Guide:
                            Assurance
                            Believe
                            Confidence
                            Doubt, Doubtful
                            Faith
                            Faithful
                            Hope

Bible Dictionary:
                                Faith
                                Knowledge

Guide to the Scriptures:
                                             Faith
                                             Belief, Believe
                                             Hope
                                             Knowledge
                                             Jesus Christ
                                             Trust
                                             Truth
                                             Understanding
                                             Wisdom

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Moroni 10:4-5
  "4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
  5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."

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