Faith

…Listen to Him!


If you want to know what happened, ask an eye-witness.

Three of Jesus’ disciples were eye-witnesses of a spectacular event when they saw Him ‘transfigured’ up on a mountain. They saw a glimpse of the Lord in all His majesty – radiant and shining like the sun. They also heard the voice of God saying: This is my Son, whom I love…listen to Him!

The gospel message of Jesus Christ is not a man-made story. The Bible is not just a book. The disciples have given us their eye-witness account of life with Jesus, as guided by the Holy Spirit. We are children of the living, true God who brought salvation to us through His Son, Jesus Christ.

 

Use It Or Lose It

Successful athletes spend hours and hours in training to be at their best when competing. An athlete who doesn’t train won’t be very successful.

The same applies to God’s people.

Several times St Paul used the analogy of an athlete in training to encourage his readers in their Christian living.

To live a life worthy of the Lord, St Paul says we should bear fruit in doing good, grow in our knowledge of God, and be strengthened by His power, which in turn will give us greater endurance and patience for life.

Faith is meant to be put into practice or it becomes like an idle muscle, sagging from a lack of use.

For he has rescued us from the territory of darkness and brought us into the light the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 1:11-14

Are You Free?

Sometimes it can be hard trying to measure up to other people’s expectations. What about measuring up to God’s expectations? Several hundred years ago, during the 16th Century, a monk by the name of Martin Luther found this weight of expectation too much to carry. Try as he might, he felt that he could not measure up to God’s lofty standards. This left him feeling very much afraid of God.

Then one day God revealed an amazing truth to Luther. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace, through faith in Christ Jesus (Romans 3:23). This wonderful truth is the gospel in a nutshell. God loves us and has given us His Son to pay the price for our sin. God’s expectation is simply that we believe and accept His gift of grace.

 

Scripture Readings

Jeremiah 31:31-34
The Lord promises a new covenant

Romans 3:19-23    
We are justified by faith

John 8:31-36
The truth sets us free

What does the world see

We are being watched! Jesus said that the world is watching us to see how we love one another. In fact He gave the world the right to judge the authenticity of our faith by how we love one another. We show our faith in Christ by the love we give, not by the rules we keep.

Jesus didn’t say “love me” as proof of our discipleship, He said: love one another. By this all people will know you are my disciples. The best thing we can do to reach our community for Christ is to love each other as He loves us; that way people will see the power of transformed lives and be drawn to Christ too. Unless the world can see the love of God modelled in Christians it will have trouble believing that it even exists.

Scriture Readings

Ezekiel 33:7-11
Turn to the Lord and live

Romans 13:8-14
The debt of love

Matthew 18:15-20
Christian behavior within the church

If You had been here…

John 11: 1-7

“Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died”. These were the words of grief-stricken Martha to Jesus when He arrived at her brother’s funeral. Perhaps Martha was annoyed at Jesus for not getting there sooner and doing something while there was still time, but little did she know that Jesus had everything under control.

The Lord told her: “I am the resurrection and the life”. Anybody could make that claim but Jesus showed His word to be true by bringing Lazarus back to life. This was not just a cheap trick or a publicity stunt, it was a sign from the Lord that “whoever believes in me will live, even though he dies”. We have eternal life only through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Scripture Readings

Ezekiel 37:1-14
A vision of the valley of dry bones

Romans 8:6-11
The Spirit of God lives in you

John 11:1-7, 17-27, 38-45
The raising of Lazarus  –  Jesus’ last sign

Who is He?

John 3: 1-12

“Who sinned, this man or his parents?” the disciples asked Jesus when they saw a blind man. Perhaps they should have asked: “who hasn’t sinned?” because the Word of God tells us that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). The man wasn’t blind because he was being punished but his condition did give Jesus an opportunity to show God’s love. Without hesitation the Lord attended to the blind man and restored his sight.

The blind man didn’t ask for healing but he had the faith to go and wash his face as Jesus told him to. Faith receives blessings from God but faith does not deserve those blessings. Like the blind man we need to be willing to receive from God without thinking we deserve anything from Him. And then we must also be willing to rejoice in Him.

Scripture Readings

1 Samuel 16:1-13
Samuel anoints David as King

Ephesians 5:8-14
Live as children of the Light

John 9:1-12, 35-38
Jesus heals a man born blind

Being A Christian Can Be Tough

Luke 21:5-19

Being a Christian can be tough. In fact, Jesus warned His followers that it would be tough, especially in the last days. Even the forces of nature will be frightening as disasters of one kind or another occur. But don’t lose heart. Jesus gives us His assurance that we are not alone, nor has He abandoned us.

Even in the toughest times, we can and must stand as His witnesses. “Do not worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves…I will give you words and wisdom ” is His encouragement to us. The question we are faced with is: “are we as willing to stand for Him as He is to stand with us?”

Scripture Readings for the week

Isaiah 65:17-25
God’s glorious new creation

2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Working to serve the Lord

Luke 21:5-19
Signs of the end of the age

You Don’t Need More Faith

How much faith is enough? Jesus told the disciples if they had faith as small (not as big) as a mustard seed they could transplant a mulberry tree into the sea. It probably wouldn’t do the mulberry tree much good and the fruit would be a bit salty, but it would obey. However faith is not meant to be used for party tricks, nor for selfish gain.

The disciples wanted more faith because Jesus had been speaking about Christian living and it sounded difficult. They didn’t need more faith but they were expected to be willing to do what the Lord had said. Our willingness to live God’s way is important because that is faith in action. The more we follow, the more He provides.

Sunday’s Scripture Readings:

Psalm 37:1-9
Be still before the Lord

2 Timothy 1:1-14
Encouragement to be faithful

Luke 17:5-10
Christian faith and duty

Taking Faith Home

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Scripture Verse for this Week

Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4 (TNIV)

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