“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ” (Romans 10:17 NIV).
Why put your trust in something or someone? Because you believe that person or thing to be trustworthy. We say it like this, “He/She/It inspires our trust.” Some quality about a person or thing causes us to believe we can trust them.
The same is true when it comes to Christian faith. Christian faith comes as we hear “the word about Christ.” The book of Acts says,
“As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them …” (Acts 17:2 NIV).
I’m convinced that much of the lack of faith in our time is due in large part to people not hearing the evidence for Christ. No one reasons with them.
Kirsten Powers, who formerly served in the Clinton Administration and is now a political commentator, describes her experience of coming to faith.
“I started dating someone who went to Tim Keller’s church, Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City. Out of curiosity, I went with him. But I told him upfront that I would never become a Christian; that it’s never going to happen. After about six or seven months, I began to think that the weight of history is more on the side of what [I was hearing at this church] than not. Tim Keller had made such a strong case, that I began to think it’s not even smart to reject this. It just doesn’t seem like a good intellectual decision.”*
She goes on to say that she came to realize that God had been pursuing her, that ultimately her conversion was a work of God, but how did God work? Through means. God works through the means of hearing the reasons for believing.
This month we begin Sunday School classes and confirmation instruction. Pray for those attending these classes. Pray that as they hear the reasons for believing they would grow in faith and hope and love.
I pray for you. I pray you would know more and more why Christ is worthy of your trust, because the more you know Christ is trustworthy the more you will experience his reality in your life.
God’s very best to you!