Four excellent preached messages are here: Adam and Eve – Childlike Faith; The Shunammite Woman – Submissive Faith; The Canaanite Woman – Mature Faith; and Caleb – Persevering Faith.
Portraits of Faith
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We often use the word faith without thinking much about its meaning. We know that without faith, it is impossible to please God and that faith is the core and foundation of daily Christian living. But what is faith? Author Joel R. Beeke believes we can best understand faith by seeing how it operates by the Spirit in the lives of fallen sinners like us. Accordingly, he considers essential aspects of faith operating in the lives of Adam and Eve, the Shunammite woman, the Canaanite woman, and Caleb. With pastoral warmth, he challenges readers to ask themselves three questions: Do I have this kind of faith? Am I exercising the particular aspect of faith being described? How can this example of a particular dimension of faith be used in my life to make me a mature believer?
I am so grateful for my friend, Pooyan Mehrshahi, and to Parsa Trust for the publication of this little book which aims to show in a simple way how God graciously and sovereignly works saving faith in the lives of unworthy sinners through biblical portraits of various facets of faith. Today I fear that many people deceive themselves into thinking they have saving faith when the fruits of their lives show that they don’t while many others fear to claim that they possess saving faith when they really do. It is my hope and prayer that this translated book will shed light on the question of faith in Christ alone for many readers and that God’s true people will be greatly encouraged by it.
–Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan