Faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17 God creates by speaking. That’s how the world was made, and that’s how faith comes. Christ creates the capacity to hear, and this hearing produces faith. If you do not have faith, here is what you must...
“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim). Romans 10:8 (NIV)
Infant Christians want to be spoon fed. They always ask: ‘What’s the bottom line?’ ‘Where’s the takeaway?’ However, when a preacher reduces application to a list of things to do, he obscures the unique ways in which God speaks to different individuals through His Word.
God can speak to a person specifically about patience in his or her life through a message, even in a room with 1,000 other people. In that room, there are 1,000 situations where patience is needed, and 1,000 situations where impatience is being shown, and all of them are different.
Preaching the Word of God is an act of faith flowing from the conviction that God speaks through His Word and that the Holy Spirit is able to apply that Word in the hearts of God’s people in ways never thought possible.
Go to church with the settled conviction that God speaks through His Word. Go to church with a healthy appetite and learn to listen using your knife and fork. God is not building robots; He is raising sons and daughters who hear His Word and respond to it by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Do you need to go to church differently this week? How so?