What do you really believe about God, His Word, His Church? Very simply put, if we don't believe certain truths, to the core of our being, we won't tend to act on them. As a result, we won't experience life in Christ in the fullness of what He intends to do in and through us. Let's consider some examples:
- If we don't hold firmly to the Truth of God's Word, acknowledging it as inspired by Him and useful as our Standard for living (2 Tim. 3:16-17), it will affect how we approach reading and teaching it. For starters, we probably won't invest what we should into Bible study or lesson preparation. (When you click on that link, follow the two posts that follow it.) And, when we aren't Bible-based, we won't see changed lives because "faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ" (Rom. 10:17).
- If we don't really believe that the grace of God that saved us (Eph. 2:8-9) is what also enables us to live upright and good lives (Col. 2:6; Titus 2:11-12), then we won't rely on Him to work through us in all we do. As a result, we will never get to the point where we give God our best because self-effort will never get us there. (When you click on that link, be sure to read the next post as well.)
- If we don't really believe that God's design for the Church works today, then we won't place importance on functioning as a Body (1 Cor. 12). When that happens, we have little to fall back on when we disagree because Body life, God's way, can not only help us resolve conflict but even prevent it.
- If we don't really believe the Holy Spirit is real and still works today, then we won't rely on Him for help (Gal. 5:14-26). Without His help, we won't tend to navigate change as we should. As a result, we will bring on more problems than necessary or miss out on all God wants to do in and through us.
As you can see, what we believe does matter.
Yours in His service,
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