New Blog Post: What is True Faith?

I was pleased to have an elder tell me yesterday that he is enjoying the new sermon series that we began last week called, “Affirming Baptism and Forming Faith.”  If you were present at the worship service last Sunday, you’ll recall that we explored the way God opens up our hearts to receive the Good News and respond to it.  Lydia from Acts 16 was our illustration.  But perhaps you, like me, are still wondering how this works.  What is true faith?  Happily, one of the classic confessions that we refer to from time-to-time, the Heidelberg Catechism, asks and answers this question.  Listen to the answer: “True faith is not only a knowledge and conviction that everything God reveals in his Word is true; it is also a deep-rooted assurance, created in me by the Holy Spirit through the gospel, that, out of sheer grace earned for us by Christ, not only others, but I too, have had my sins forgiven, have been made right with God, and have been granted salvation” (Answer 21).  Could there be any better news?  So do you believe it?  Do you truly believe that Christ’s death and resurrection is not only for others, but also for you?  If not, I pray that God, through Holy Spirit, would reveal this to you today.  Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

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