Saturday, 10 July 2010
The Necessity of Faith
One the most bizarre questions I have ever been asked was; “Are you in one of those ‘faith’ churches?” This was closely followed by “... so you actually believe the Bible?” What amazed me about both these questions was that they were asked by someone who called himself a Christian. My response (unsurprisingly) was along the lines of, “if you are not in a ‘faith church’ what kind of church are you in?”
The Bible tells us that it was “through faith” we were saved (Ephesians 2:8), and that without faith it is “impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). Faith is the most fundamental ingredient in the Christian life. Faith means not only believing that God exists, but that He “rewards” those that diligently look for Him. Faith is the ONLY way that Christians can access the promises that God has made towards them. If you have been saved, it didn’t happen by accident, it was an act of YOUR faith in GOD’S word. It was by BELIEVING (Faith) and RECEIVING the benefits of what Jesus has accomplished for you that you became a Christian in the first place. What is faith then? It is quite simply, believing in the character and nature of God as a person and in the integrity of His word.
But it doesn’t end there...The plan of God for you was that faith was to be a lifestyle, not merely a one off event (2 Timothy 3:14). In other words, faith is something that you practice, continue AND grow in every day.
So to go back to the original question... Am I in a “faith church?” Absolutely! What is the alternative, a doubt church? Do I believe in the goodness of God and the integrity of His word? Absolutely! To build your Christian life on any other foundation would be complete folly, and only lead to a life of uncertainty and failure (Matthew 7:26)