FAITH COMES BY THE WORD OF GOD
But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? Romans 10:14 (ESV)
“This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Tim. 2:3-4 (ESV) The Bible is full of statements that show God’s love for the sinner and His concern for the sinner’s salvation. He wants sinners in heaven, every one of them.
We Christians rejoice that we have come to the knowledge of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. God’s gift of faith brings with it great joy and gratitude for God’s boundless mercy and for the sinner’s salvation. Bur can we stop there, stop with our own joy? God gives his Word that we may share the life-giving Bread with the spiritually hungry. They may be our relatives or friends or neighbors or they may be people whom we do not know personally at all.
As millions go back to school this month, we are reminded especially of our duty toward our own children. Is their education in home, church and school such that it will strengthen their faith and train them in the art of Christian living?
We here at St. Paul stand ready and willing to help you in your faith growing. We offer many educational opportunities such as Sunday School, Mid-Week School, Confirmation Instruction, Youth Bible Class, Junior and Senior Youth Ministries, multiple Adult Bible studies (2-Wednesday mornings, 1 Sunday morning, LWML Circles). We also have multiple opportunities to be fed on God’s Word in worship; Saturday at 6:00 PM, Sunday at 8:00 & 10:30 AM, and Wednesdays at 7:00 PM during Advent and Lent.
We also have numerous printed resources and devotional materials for personal and/or family use. Many are free, available in the Narthex or can be purchased through the church office.
Witnessing of our God and Savior should begin in our own families, done so in the knowledge and the confidence that God’s Word is powerful in itself. It is not dependent on our strength of faith or on our power to convince. It speaks, and life results!
Adaptation from Guide Me, Savior – 365 Timeless Devotions from Portals of Prayer © 2006 Concordia Publishing House
Dear Lord Christ, motivate me to grow in the faith by studying your Word. Then give me the willingness and the confidence to proclaim the Gospel far and wide. Amen.
Rev. Richard A. Salcido
Last Updated: 8/1/2019