70. You have said that our faith is counted to us for righteousness when we obey the truth in baptism. What is faith?
Answer: It is the act of the mind by which we believe or have confidence in professions or promises that may be made.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Heb. 11:1).
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Rom. 10:17).
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; (Rom. 4:20).
For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. (Rom. 4:3).
Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. (Rom. 4:9).
71. What is it that we are invited to believe or place confidence in before our baptism?
Answer: In the gospel.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (Mark 16:16).
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Rom. 1:16).
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. (1 Cor. 1:21).
72. What is the gospel?
Answer: The word "gospel" means good news or glad tidings; and the glad tidings announced by Christ and the Apostles are the things concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ.
And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, (Luke 8:1).
And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent. (Luke 4:43).
But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. (Acts 8:12).
And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. (Acts 20:25).
And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, (Acts 28:30)