How to grow your faith

  In Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus tells what I think is one of the scariest stories in the Bible.  It is a story of people who thought they had faith.  But their faith was primarily intellectual, belief.  Jesus says to them that something important is missing.  They did not have the kind of faith that heContinue reading “How to grow your faith”

An early church MMA match – Faith and Works: Paul versus James, Round 1

Did you know that the early church had an theology MMA match?  James vs. Paul. Paul said Faith doesn’t work. James said Faith does work. Each was an important leader in the early church.  Paul its greatest missionary.  James the bishop of its biggest church (and brother of Jesus).  They really seem to conflict withContinue reading “An early church MMA match – Faith and Works: Paul versus James, Round 1”

How to have faith that pleases God

Do you know what faith is?  Do you know if your faith is pleasing to God? Yesterday I mentioned a definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1.  After teaching that description of faith, the writer of Hebrews begins to describe some of the heroes of the Bible and how they demonstrated faith in God. First heContinue reading “How to have faith that pleases God”

Does God require faith that is 100% without doubt?

Faith Church. That’s the name of our church. Back in 1968, when they got this church started, why would people choose to name a new church, Faith Church? I wonder what they were thinking. What is faith?  Most often we think faith is belief. And for good reason. Faith does mean belief.  It means that inContinue reading “Does God require faith that is 100% without doubt?”