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15 Quotes on Faith from “The Gospel According to Daniel: A Christ-Centered Approach” by Bryan Chapell

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The Gospel According to DanielI read Bryan Chapell’s excellent book The Gospel According to Daniel and listened to his corresponding sermons on the book of Daniel at Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria. You can listen to the sermons here or on the church’s podcast available in iTunes. Dr. Chapell also wrote the notes for Daniel in the Gospel Transformation Bible.

Here are 15 wonderful quotes about faith from chapter 3 of the book:

  • Faith is not confidence in our belief but confidence in our God. Any other perspective will ultimately harm our faith.
  • Faith is not trusting in how much confidence we have about things we would like to happen.
  • Because we know his loving nature, we can have faith that there is a plan and a purpose for whatever we face.
  • Real faith is not faith in the quantity of our confidence; it is faith in our God.
  • Good things do not always happen according to our plans, wisdom, or desires—and that does not mean our faith is at fault.
  • Real faith trusts God’s plan and purpose.
  • One such error is the idea that God will do as we desire if our desire is righteous enough. We trust that God will fulfill our desires because of the quality of our belief.
  • Confidence based on assurances that have no scriptural support damage faith more than they accomplish good.
  • God does not intend for us to predict outcomes as much as he intends for us to trust him in all circumstances.
  • We do not have faith because all is going well; we do not lose faith because something goes poorly. Our faith is not in what circumstances might indicate but in God’s greater purposes.
  • Circumstances can never be trusted to indicate with certainty what our actions should be or what God’s purposes are.
  • By their example, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego lay out a simple plan of action to help us faithfully confront the trials we face: (1) we acknowledge our needs without stipulating how God should or will respond; (2) we humbly acknowledge the ability of God either to meet our needs in the way we desire or in a way that he knows is better; and (3) we commit ourselves to uncompromising obedience whatever comes. We simply obey God and trust him to take care of the circumstances.
  • Biblical faith is not merely the confidence that our God is able; it also requires the confidence that our God is good.
  • We trust him because, through his Son, God has shown how much he loves us. Faith rests in this love.
  • True biblical faith trusts that God knows and is doing what is right, because he gave us Jesus.

This is one of my favorite books of the year. I highly recommend it to you.

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence ~ married to my best friend for more than 40 years and a St. Louis Cardinals fan. Before retiring I served as a manager at a Fortune 50 company; I'm a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and in leadership at my local church. I enjoy speaking about calling, vocation and work. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop to their fullest potential and to utilize their strengths more fully. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinders themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony and Achiever, and my two StandOut strengths roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book and 2 Corinthians 5:21 my favorite verse. Some of my other favorite books are Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul, The Prodigal Son (originally titled A Tale of Two Sons) by John MacArthur and Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I enjoy Christian hip-hop/rap music, with Lecrae, Trip Lee and Andy Mineo being some of favorite artists.

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