LAKEVIEW MISSIONARY CHURCH
Weekly Update for June 15, 2022
UPDATE FROM SUNDAY
Marci Hayes passed away peacefully Monday evening at Samaritan Hospital. Please pray for her mom, Faye, and our church family that knew Marci and loved her. We miss her but know we will see her again in Heaven.
Grand Central Terminal in New York City serves 67 million people a year that use the trains. Each year more than 21 million people go there just to visit the historic train station. The topic of “faith” is that Grand Central Terminal for Christians.
One of the best verses that describes faith is Ephesians 2:8. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God” (NLT). Faith is the Grant Central Terminal for Christians. Here’s four reasons.
First, God’s grace allows for our faith. If it wasn’t for God’s “grace” we would not be able to accept the “gift of God” (v. 8). God provided the opportunity for us to be saved through faith, and that was God’s grace. Paul wrote a few verses earlier that “even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)” (Ephesians 2:5, NLT). If it were not for God’s grace then there would be no opportunity for us to be saved by faith.
Second, our salvation is through faith. I like the New American Standard Bible’s translation of Ephesians 2:8, “You have been saved through faith” (v. 8). Theologian Charles Ryrie says, “Salvation is always through faith, not because of faith (Eph 2:8). Faith is the channel through which we receive God’s gift of eternal life; it is not the cause” (Basic Theology, p. 377). I appreciate Harold Hoehner’s words, “Faith is not a ‘work.’ It does not merit salvation; it is only the means by which one accepts God’s free salvation” (Bible Knowledge Commentary, vol. 2, p. 624).
Third, faith is a theme of the New Testament. For example, John wrote, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes [has faith] in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16, NLT). Peter taught, “And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see” (1 Peter 1:5, NLT). Also see John 3:36; 5:24; Romans 3:22, 25, 27; 4:5; 10:9; and Galatians 2:16. As we look at these verses it becomes clear that faith (or belief) is the how we are saved. The apostles John, Paul, and Peter all teach about it in their writings. It certainly was something they wanted their readers to understand and it is something that we should apply today.
Fourth, faith is the theme of my Christian life. Faith is what I have in God. I love God and believe that Jesus died for my sins. He is Lord over my life. That’s what faith is. Does it mean that I have all the answers? Does it mean that I always understand what God allows to happen? Does it mean nothing bad will ever happen to me? Of course not. But, by faith I put my trust in God for my salvation, and I commit to follow him.