"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen... But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
(Hebrews 11:1, 6 KJV)
What exactly is Faith? Webster's Dictionary says faith is "an unquestioning belief that does not require proof or evidence." Though Webster's Dictionary says we don't need evidence to have faith, as Christians we do have evidence for our faith if we need it. 1) We have the Holy Bible: 66 books, 40 authors, written in 3 languages, over 1600 years, prophecy, and moral and spiritual truth. 2) We Christians have the resurrection of Jesus Christ; confidence in His words, and evidence of God's truth in our lives. 3) We have archeological finds that prove what the Holy Bible has stated so we believe and have faith in the Holy Bible.
The nearest definition of faith we have in the Holy Bible is found right here in Hebrews 11:1 which is above. In the NIV Bible, Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." The single most important thing in a person's life is their faith in Our Awesome God. An important point, though, is that faith is only as good as the object in which it is placed, so place your faith in Jesus Christ who has proved Himself. All the faith in the world in something false won't help you. It will only increase your doubt the next time you are asked to have faith in something.
Faith is "an unquestioning belief that does not require proof or evidence". But don't think you can make something happen just because you believe it. Our Awesome God is a reality to me. He is in my heart and helps me daily. I see His miracles physically happen around me. Faith and belief in Jesus Christ encourages us to do right to all around us, loving and helping each other. We have faith in our Our Awesome God because of His character. We just need to remember our God never lets us down, He never changes, He loves us and He knows how much we have. How great is your faith in God?
Our church is a loving church that wants to help others to a better understanding of Our Awesome God and His love, mercy and grace for all of mankind. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we love others while preaching and teaching from our Holy Bible about God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Our church has a Bible Study at 9:30 AM on Sunday and Worship Service at 10:30 AM and then at 6:00 PM there is another Bible Study along with a children's program called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM. Wednesday at 7:00 PM, we have Prayer Requests with prayers and Bible Study. We love visitors!
"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands... Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name."
(Psalms 100:1, 4 KJV)
We often hear shouts of joy and gladness as our ball team plays and scores points. How often do you hear shouts for joy and gladness as we worship Our Awesome God or hear of another person whom God has saved? We are told that the angels "rejoice" when another becomes a Christian! (Luke 15:10 NIV) We want an orderly worship but how about a rejoicing shout from everyone when someone is baptized? A joyful praise! A realization that another is heaven bound.
In Psalm 100, the writer took his joyful praise seriously, as we should. God wants us to focus all our energy on telling others about Him and His Kingdom. We should be always thinking of what we can do to increase people's knowledge of Our Awesome God and then praying for His direction to help their belief!
God's goodness and grace should make us want to freely shout and make joyful praises unto Him. This means that those who are more reserved need to push back their reservations and make joyful praises to God. And those who are more expressive such that they miss the beauty of silence may need to learn from those who are more reflective. But we should be more joyful and vocal when we praise Our Awesome God. We want the Lord to know we appreciate all He has done for us and is doing for us. We can never praise Him enough!!
Our Awesome God wants you to be happy and glad as you make joyful praises unto Him, for He loves you. We just need to praise Him ALL the time. So look long at the wonderful things God has done in the Holy Bible for all humans and for you and those you know and PRAISE Him joyfully for He is wonderful. Sing to Him! Pray to Him, telling Him how glad you are that He is God!
Our church is a loving church that wants to help others to a better understanding of Our Awesome God and His love, mercy and grace for all of mankind. Come join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others about His story, Jesus Christ's Salvation, and our eternal home with Him, trying to help them to understand Our Creator better. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour along with a program for children called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM.. We have a Prayer Meeting and Bible Study that meets at 7:00 PM on Wednesday. We love visitors!
"Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; "
(Hebrews 3:1 KJV)
We shouldn't believe we are just a forgiven sinner simply because some pastor tells us so. We must look these things up in the Holy Word of God for ourselves and know what Our Awesome God says. Jesus said clearly that if you continue in His Word, you will know the truth and the truth will set you free! (John 8:31-32) In Christ is your true identity, your complete freedom to be who God has made and redeemed you to be! In Christ, that’s the key to your life! The Apostle Paul implores us to live our lives "in Christ". He lived this way himself, boasting, “I glory in Christ” (Romans 5:17).
We need to remember that Our Awesome God wants us to know and believe the truth of Jesus Christ dying for our sins. The opposite of truth is deception or false belief and it will cause you to live in bondage unnecessarily. If you see yourself as a failure, you will not be able to boldly exercise your authority in Christ because you will feel unworthy (even after the Blood of Christ has made you worthy). If you claim to be unworthy after the Blood of Christ has made you worthy, then you will be denying the work of Christ in your life!
You need remember 3 things that will help you feel a part of Christ: 1) You are loved by Our Awesome God, 2) you are justified and declared innocent because of Jesus Christ dying for your sins, and 3) you are made new in Christ - adopted by God! These 3 things are backed up with Scripture in the Bible and if you don't feel "in Christ" then you should look them up: 1) John 17:23, 2) Galatians 2:16 and 3) 2 Corinthians 5:17 or John 1:12-13.
Our Awesome God wants you to know, feel comfortable in Christ's power or Identify and use it as Christ would. If you don't feel worthy to exercise your authority in Christ, then you won't be doing it in the fullness of faith and will lack assurance and thus the power of Christ's Identity. Satan loves this feeling and usually rushes in to increase your feeling of insecurity. The truth is, that we, by our own power and effort, are unworthy, and it is the Blood of Christ that makes us worthy. So step out boldly in Christ as you learn and get to know Him! Read your Bible and pray, for these are the best ways to understand Our Awesome God and to feel "in Christ," who was one with God.
We invite you to our church services on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) and evening (6:00 PM) for Bible Study along with AWANA for children, and Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) for Prayer Meeting. When you come, ask about the home Bible studies during the week and the choir and Intercessory Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
Flo & Bill