Pastor's Perspective 

Do You Believe This?”

Those were the words that Jesus spoke to Martha just before Lazarus was raised from the dead.  Here is a portion of the conversation, 

         “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

          

If we are to believe Jesus, and I highly suggest that we do, then WHAT we believe matters.  What we believe about God, what we believe about ourselves, what we believe about the person and the work of Jesus, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.  It all matters.  It matters because the word for believe in John 11:26 carries this meaning: to put one’s faith in, trust, with an implication that actions based on that trust may follow.  

So, what you believe will have implications for how you live.  If you believe, for instance, that salvation is by Grace Alone – Ephesians 2:8-9 -- then you will most likely be living out of a heart of gratitude.  If, though, you believe that you had a part in your faith then you will naturally believe that you made a much wiser decision than your neighbor who doesn’t share your faith.  

Our worship, Berean classes, fellowship groups and Bible studies are designed to help aid you in understanding the Bible so that you will know what it is that you believe.  I hope that you will take advantage of these offerings – they really will provide wonderful material from which your faith can grow.  Do you believe this?

Believing,

Pastor Sam Smith