What is faith?

We often confuse what it means to have faith with what we think about faith. Those who do not believe in Christ may ask why God would send them to hell simply because they do not believe. God does not judge people for having the wrong ideas, but because they live on the basis of their wrong ideas. They replace faith and trust in God with faith and trust in something else which then functions as a false god – not simply that it is not the True God, but it is thereby a fake imitation god which cannot deliver what is expected of it. True faith in God leads us to live in the way in which God intended us to live.

Sermon: What is faith

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The call of Samuel

In the first book of Samuel we read of how Samuel became the first of a long line of prophets, sent to call the people of Israel back to their covenant with God. The spiritual state of the people was at a low ebb, not least because of the lack of leadership by the priests, and in particular Eli, who allowed his sons, also priests, to behave in an appalling manner. God called Samuel to bring the people back to hearing and obeying the Word of God.

Sermon: The call of Samuel