"And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel."
(Mark 1:15 KJV)
"And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God."
(John 6:69 KJV)
A definition for the word believe is 1) to accept as true or real, 2) to accept the truth, existence, worth, etc., of something, 3) to trust someone; have confidence, 4) to have religious faith (from Webster's Comprehensive Dictionary 2004 edition). In order to believe, we must have some knowledge concerning what is to be believed, we need trust or confidence, and we need faith.
When someone comes to the point of believing in Jesus Christ, they have to know enough about Jesus to have confidence and faith in Him. After they make a profession of faith, we need to continue to teach them and show them how to learn more about Our Awesome God. This means they need to believe that the Holy Bible is God's Word to man without doubt. Again we are asking them to believe in something that cannot be proven beyond a doubt until we get to heaven. Maybe we should look at the things around us to realize life takes more than man can do by himself. It takes God!!
As we and the new believer see Our Awesome God working His miracles in our lives, the beliefs we have will deepen and change, bringing us closer to God. When we see and read of the miracles that happen all around us, we know mere humans couldn't think or do them without help. This is often called maturing. It is a wonderful way to increase your faith, knowledge and belief in Him.
There is also a difference in believing in Our Awesome God and Jesus Christ and to believe what He says. If He says He can do all things and we believe Him, why don't we let Him do them? Instead, our prayers are careful that we don't make our requests too big for God. If He indicates that He wants us to do something, we timidly step forward and make a small movement when in order to meet His request we may need to move quickly and decisively. No job is too small or large for God. So believe Him! Trust Him with the impossible. Ask Him! Don't be timid! He will do the best for everyone.
We (as a church) want all people in church, worshipping Our Awesome God with faith and obedience every Sunday. If you are not yet a Christian, it is time that you should know and love Our Awesome God as your Creator and Savior. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we pray and worship Him this Sunday at 10:30 AM and at 6:00 PM for an hour of Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill