Faith is a living, bold trust in God’s grace, so certain of God’s favor that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it.
Such confidence and knowledge of God’s grace makes you happy, joyful and bold in your relationship to God and all creatures. The Holy Spirit makes this happen through faith. Because of it, you freely, willingly and joyfully do good to everyone, serve everyone, suffer all kinds of things, love and praise the God who has shown you such grace.
“Thus, it is just as impossible to separate faith and works as it is to separate heat and light from fire! Therefore, watch out for your own false ideas and guard against good-for-nothing gossips, who think they’re smart enough to define faith and works, but really are the greatest of fools. Ask God to work faith in you, or you will remain forever without faith, no matter what you wish, say or can do.” An excerpt from An Introduction to St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Luther’s German Bible of 1522 by Martin Luther, 1483-1546.
Faith. That word can conger up a conversation with anyone regardless their spiritual condition or church affiliation or, lack of it.
Since we are removed by several hundred years from the first century Christians and the time of Jesus Christ, there really is the element of faith or, believing the message about the early church and the life of Christ.
We are all faced with choices everyday of our lives. We must choose the clothes we will wear for the day, choose what to eat, choose our responses to people. Life is full of choices and I choose to believe in what I was taught as a child about the church and why it exists.