NLT - 17 So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.
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Acts 16:13-15, "After a few days in this city we went outside the gates beside a river as it was the Sabbath and it was the customary place for prayer. We sat down and preached to the women who had come to the meeting. One of these women was called Lydia, a woman from the town of Thyatira who was in the purple-dye trade, and revered God. She listened to us, and the Lord opened her heart to accept what Paul was saying. After she and her household had been baptized she kept urging us, 'If you judge me a true believer in the Lord,' she said, 'Come and stay with us.' And she would take no refusal." In Luke 1:57- 70, we read of John the baptist's baptism. Verse 67, this prophecy was spoken: “...and proclaimed by the mouth of his holy prophets from ancient times, that He should save us from our enemies and from the hands of all those who hate us.” You see, it is spoken and we receive it by hearing, then the seed of faith grows in our hearts. Even Lydia was loved by God, but when she heard, God opened her heart to believe, to trust God. Romans 10:17: "But it is in that way faith comes from hearing, and that means hearing the word of Christ." Titus 2:11-13: God's grace has been revealed to the whole human race. It is by this grace that we hear, and see that we wait in hope for the blessings yet to come. Hebrews 11: Only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope for. As we meditate on God's words we come to understand. Are we listening? Are we hearing? He speaks through His Words in the Bible.
We believe the bible is the word of God. John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. The best news in all the world. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, and we all sin, First John 1:8, and we all die, but the GIFT of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. A favorite verse. First John 5:13. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God, that ye may KNOW YE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. If you have eternal life today, we will still have eternal life 1,000 years from now because God can not lie. John 10:28-29. John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me HATH everlasting life. Present tense. You can not lose everlasting life or it would not be eternal life. The bible grows the faith of the believer. God’s word increases our faith. John 3:18. Once we believe the gospel, First Corinthians 15:1-4 we are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise.
We get to know God fully through His word. Basically scripture reveals His love for us through: 1. The beauty of His creation. 2. His son Jesus Christ who is love and showed His love for us. 3. His Sacrifice on Calvary for our sins so that we now have salvation through Jesus Christ alone. 4. Prophecies from God so we can know the blessings and warnings for life which lie ahead. In short scripture is a letter from God to us which continually exhibits His enduring love for us. It is His love letter to us.
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