The Inside Column 23/10

Posted in: The Inside Column- Oct 25, 2016 No Comments

Good morning and a very warm welcome to you. We invite you to join us after the service for a hot drink and fellowship.

Today we will be looking at the fruit of the spirit – Faithfulness

What is faithfulness? Biblical faithfulness requires belief in what the Bible says about God – His existence, His works, and His character. Faithfulness is a fruit of the Spirit; it is the result of the Spirit working in us. But the Spirit is also our seal of faithfulness. He is our witness to God’s promise that if we accept the truth about God, He will save us.

Hebrews 11 gives a long list of faithful men and women in the Old Testament who trusted God. Abel’s understanding of God made his sacrifice real and authentic. Noah trusted God’s word about the coming judgment as well as God’s promise to save his family (Genesis 6-9) Abraham never saw his descendants become “as numerous as the stars in the sky. Abraham and Sarah believed against all evidence that they would have a child (Genesis 21:1-34). Rahab trusted God to protect her family when the Israelites destroyed Jericho (Joshua 6). Gideon’s mustard-seed faith routed an entire army (Judges 6-7). Enoch, who “obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. Moses never entered the Promised Land. And none of the Old Testament saints lived to see their Messiah. But they were faithful. They believed God would do as He promised. They lived by faith and not by sight.

Faithfulness is believing that God is Who He says He is and continuing in that belief despite the vagaries of life. Functionally, that means we trust what God says in the Bible, and not necessarily what the world or our own eyes tell us. We trust He will work His will in us. And we trust that our situation on earth is nothing compared to our future reward in heaven. The only way we can have such faith is through the Holy Spirit.

The church fair is next weekend, we still need:

  • help to set up and pack down
  • cakes and slices
  • sweets
  • food items for the grocery hamper
  • white elephant goods

The church fair is one of the ways we get to invite the community into our church. It’s more than just making some money, we want to be able to bless them. Please pray that everyone that comes to the fair will sense the love of God in this place.

Yours in Christ

Phil

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