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Faith Works, Part 2

Faith Works, Part 2

As we launch into the book of James in the Bible, to learn, and be shaped by the these Scriptures, and work them out, we will need to remember that the foundation we continually need to come back to is the fact that our relationship with God is one that starts and ends in love. God loves us, and God's desire is that we receive that love and live in a relationship that responds back to God in love. This is the foundation that Jesus reminds his disciples about in John 15:9-10(“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.  Now remain in my love.  If you obey my commands you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed the Father’s commands and remain in his love.) As I said on Sunday, one of the grounding questions we will need to ask ourselves as we learn and grow and exercise our faith is "Why am I doing what I am doing?" We might answer - "Because the Bible tells me so", or "Because I am a servant of God", or "Because this I want to grow in my faith." Those and many other responses and reasons are fine, but . . . we need to grow in our relationship with God so that the answer is: "Because I know God loves me, and I love God in return, and I want to share that love in all areas of my life." I believe that this "love relationship" is Christ's desire and example for us, and was the motivation for all his actions and obedience.
One last little note about faith in the form of two quotes below, that reveal faith is more than wish, or random belief. Faith is substantial and grows in our life. It not only shapes us but it becomes evident to those around us as it is worked out. It is the assurance of what we hope for and the certainty of what we do not see. (Heb. 11:1)

“Faith involves an alignment of the heart or will, a commitment of loyalty and trust.   . . . “to set one’s heart on.”” – James W. Fowler

 "Faith is a kind of knowledge, a knowledge of something that is intangible or invisible." – Dallas Willard

And so we begin again.

Peace and courage to you.

Pastor Kevin