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5 Types of Faith

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

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Faith: Definition

Faith is defined as the belief in or having confidence or trust in God. That belief should be evident in the life of a disciple of Christ. In other words, there should be an obvious commitment to God and His will for your life. According to Habakkuk 2:4, "the just should live by faith."

Everyone's faith is not the same, but everyone has some faith. Romans 12:3 tells us that God has given every person "a measure of faith." That measure might be as small as a grain of mustard seed or as large as something else.

Different Types of Faith

Faith is a general term because there are at least five main types. An individual can have all of the different types of faith from time to time. While they might overlap, there is always a dominant one operating in a person's life.

Let's explore five major types of faith even though there could be others.

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1. Doctrinal Faith

Doctrinal faith is the kind of faith a person has that is based on the word of God and the teachings of the Bible, according to Jude 3.

Jude encouraged his listeners to contend for the faith that was once given by God. Readers today should also contend for the faith that God gave. The brother of Jesus wanted them to never give up. Instead, he wanted them to pull on all the faith they had to get them through what they were going through.

People who believe the teachings of Jude and others in the Bible exhibit doctrinal faith. Whenever your faith is weak, read about the faith of Abraham, David, Paul, and other faithful men in the Bible to encourage you.

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2. Saving Faith

Saving faith is the type of faith that results from having believed and confessed that Jesus died and God raised Him from the dead, according to Romans 10:9-10.

Once you have confessed that Jesus was crucified for your sins and God raised Him from the dead, then the Holy Spirit lives in you which makes it possible for you to operate in saving faith.

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3. Justifying Faith

Justifying faith is the belief you have been forgiven and cleansed by God just as if you had never sinned, according to 1 John 1:9.

This particular verse is an "if-then" statement. It says, "If you confess your sins, God is faithful and just to forgive your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness."

Therefore, people can live, move and have their being based on justifying faith.

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4. Indwelling Faith

Indwelling faith is practicing the presence of God at all time. It is experiencing communion with God and believing that He is always with you. When you have indwelling faith, you can say like David in Psalm 23:4 that God is with you even when you walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

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5. Daily Faith

Something that happens daily is something that happens every single day. Daily faith is believing God is meeting your needs on a day-to-day basis even when it is not evident.

Matthew 6:11 says, "Give us this day our daily bread." When you have daily faith you can rely on God to provide for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Therefore, you can focus on today without worrying about what will happen tomorrow.

Your Faith

The faith you have is your personal attachment to God. It is your umbilical cord to His blessings. God wants you to rely on Him and also be committed to Him.

Check your faith monitor to determine if you are living by any of the five types of faith described in this article.

What kind of faith do you have?

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Which faith is believing God is meeting your needs every day?
    • Doctrinal faith
    • Daily faith
    • Saving faith
    • Indwelling faith
    • Justifying faith
  2. Which faith is based on the Word of God and the teachings in the Bible?
    • Saving
    • Justifying faith
    • Daily faith
    • Indwelling faith
    • Doctrinal faith
  3. Which faith is practicing the presence of God, experiencing communion with God and believing that He is always with you?
    • Daily faith
    • Saving faith
    • Doctrinal faith
    • Indwelling faith
    • Justifying faith
  4. Which faith is believing that you have been forgiven and cleansed by God just as if you had never sinned?
    • Indwelling faith
    • Saving faith
    • Justifying faith
    • Daily faith
    • Doctrinal faith
  5. Which faith results from having believed and confessed that Jesus died and God raised him from the dead?
    • Justifying faith
    • Saving faith
    • Indwelling faith
    • Doctrinal faith
    • Daily faith

Answer Key

  1. Daily faith
  2. Doctrinal faith
  3. Indwelling faith
  4. Justifying faith
  5. Saving faith