Growing our faith

“Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God, must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him” (Heb. 11:6)

The Hebrew writer clearly states that we cannot please God without faith. What are some things that we can do to grow our faith?

Read the Bible every day. It is our guidebook to heaven. How do we expect to get there if we do not know they way? God reveals His will to us in the written word. Just reading the scriptures is not enough. We must meditate, study, and search the scriptures.

Pray to God ever day. God speaks to us through His word. We speak to Him by pray. Communication is the key to any successful relationship. It is no different in our relationship to God. We should pray that we can be more like His Son. We should thank Him for everything he has given us. We should pray for our enemies. We should pray for those who are lost in sin. We should pray for those who are sick. We should pray for those who are weak in the faith. We should pray for the church that it will grow. We should pray for the leaders of the church. “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:17)

Attend every worship service. I understand there may be times when it is beyond your control to assemble with the saints. However, if we willfully choose to miss services, what does that say about our faith? How do we expect to strengthen our faith when we are not even willing to make time to worship with the saints? “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). What better way to hear God’s word than in the worship service?

Be active in the congregation. If your Christianity is nothing more than attending worship services your faith will be weak. We must seek God’s kingdom first every day of our lives, not just sunday (cf. Matthew 6:33). Look for opportunities to help out someone who is elderly. Check on those who are sick. There is plenty to do within the local congregation. Just look around!

Teach someone the gospel. A great way to strengthen our faith is to teach someone the gospel of Christ. Our faith is built up when we see God’s wonderful plan in action. When we rejoice with  a lost sinner who has started the Christian journey it strengthens our faith because we know that God is still working. Do not be afraid to teach someone the gospel. They may reject what you say, but remember they are not rejecting you but God.

Author: Charlestown Road church of Christ

Charlestown Road church of Christ What are we all about? That’s a great question that deserves to be answered. In many places today, the modern church has become a ministry to serve the whole of man. You may find in some churches educational, recreational as well as spiritual ministries. Having a good time and eating for some is as much "church" as is worshipping. The modern church has come a long way from the way grandma and grandpa worshipped. Progressive, cutting edge, developing are terms used by many today. We, at the Charlestown Road congregation, are going a different direction. Instead of moving ever forward, adapting new ideas and a changing theology, we are interested in going backward to the way God designed the church. We feel it is time for the church to once again be a church. The apostle Paul praised the Thessalonian Christians for "imitating" the Lord, the apostles and the churches of Judea (1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2:14). A person might have an old car. He can fix it up with big wheels, fancy paint and make it very impressive to look at. Or, he can restore it to the way it was originally. Restoration is the spirit of returning things to the way they were originally. This is what we are interested in. We feel God designed things in a certain way on purpose. We want to please God, so we are interested in doing things the way God intended. In Philippians we read, "The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you" (4:9). In our services you will find that we offer the Lord’s Supper each Sunday as the early disciples did (Acts 20:7). Bible preaching is a part of our worship, as it was among the early Christians. We raise money only one way, by the members giving. We are organized according to the Bible fashion with overseers and deacons. We teach baptism for the remission of sins as the early Christians believed. We are not a restaurant, a gym, a nursing home, or a movie theater. We are a church that belongs to Christ, nothing more and nothing else. We want to please the Lord. We are interested in going to Heaven. We hope you are interested in the same things. Come and visit us!

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