How Important is Faith?

Posted under The Rectory Bulletin | Philemon

So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me. If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ. (Philemon 17–20)

Over the course of this year there has been quite some controversy over church closures. Should a church be put into the same category as a cinema, or bowling alley? Is it entertainment, or does it sit in a class of its own? Lawsuits were filed in the United States, and petitions were signed in this country. In short: how important is worship?

These debates haven’t come out of nowhere. Across the globe there have been court cases which have arisen out of a clash of cultures. Christians, in good conscience, cannot do something and so are taken to court. How important is faith? Should your faith inform your actions as you go about your business, or should it be kept at home? These arguments will no doubt continue.

As Paul writes to Philemon he reminds him that he owed him “even your own self”. Why? Because Paul would have brought him to faith, he was the instrument God used to declare the Gospel to Philemon.

How important is faith? It is worth everything. Even “your own self”.

Blest be the Tie that Binds

Blest be the tie that binds Our hearts in Christian love: The fellowship of kindred minds Is like to that above. - In 1765 John Fawcett (1740-1817) took up the post as minister of a Baptist Church in Wainsgate, which is in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. It was not a wealthy, prosperous or prominent place but Fawcett wasn't much concerned. He had a great love for his people, and they had a great love for him too.

Keep Watch!

Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake. (Mark 13:35–37) - The more we are aware of the reality of God, the more we consciously live in his presence, the more we meet with God. Jesus urges us to “stay awake”. Don’t sleepwalk through life.

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