Q30: What Is Faith in Jesus Christ?

New City Catechism: Question 30


Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. In a question and answer format, this form of discipleship teaches the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, along with the basics of the Bible. The New City Catechism, created by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on topics such as God, creation, and salvation. Each video provides an extended answer to the question from either a pastor at Redeemer or council members of the Gospel Coalition. This video with John Yates, Rector of The Falls Church in Falls Church, Virginia, answers the question, "What is faith in Jesus Christ?”


Galatians 2:20 (ESV)

20I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



We can respond to question thirty with the following answer: faith in Jesus Christ is acknowledging the truth of everything that God has revealed in His Word, trusting in Him, and also receiving and resting on Him alone for salvation as He is offered to us in the gospel. 


John said salvation begins with God opening our eyes to our need for Him. When we respond in faith, He saves us. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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Faith involves believing in Christ’s work on the Cross and in His resurrection. It also means placing your trust in Jesus each day. Faith also looks forward to the day of Christ’s return when He will restore this world.


Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through Galatians 2:20. Take a moment to reflect on your faith. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of faith in Jesus, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize Galatians 2:20. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions through your faith in Christ.



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