Gospel is the power of God for salvation
to everyone who has faith
- Romans 1:16
In this issue
doesn't want to grow in faith -
especially the kind of faith that
produces abundant life, well-being,
happiness, and the promise of
everlasting joy and union with God our
heavenly Father who created us in his
image and likeness and who sustains us
every moment of our lives?
followers on a number of occasions
asked him, "Lord, increase our
faith," and his response:
"If you had faith as a
grain of mustard seed, you could
say to this sycamine tree, `Be
rooted up, and be planted in the
sea,' and it would obey you"
and "if you have
faith as a grain
of mustard seed,
you will say to
'Move from here to
there,' and it
will move - and
nothing will be
impossible to you"
Holy Spirit makes our
faith come alive
What did Jesus mean when he said
to his disciples that our faith can move
trees and mountains as well
(see Matthew17:20; Mark 11:23)? The term
"mountain remover" was used for someone who
could solve great problems and difficulties.
Don't we often encounter challenges and
difficulties which seem beyond our power to
handle? What appears impossible to human
power is possible to those who believe
in God's power. Faith in God is the key for
removing obstacles and difficulties which
keep us from doing his will.
Faith is not something uncertain
or vague which requires a leap of the
imagination or worse, some kind of blind
allegiance. In fact, it is quite the
opposite. Faith is a response of trust and
belief in what is reliable, truthful,
certain, and real. To have faith is to
believe and trust in someone or something.
We know that we cannot live or breathe
without air even though we
cannot visibly see it. Same
with wind and with electricity. We
believe in the power of electricity even
though we can't visibly see it with the
naked eye. We know we can tap into that
power and use it to do things we could not
do by our own human strength alone.
Faith in God works in a similar way.
is a gift freely given
Faith is a gift freely given by God to help
us know God personally, to understand his
word of truth, and to live in the
power of his love and righteousness. God
expects more from us than we can simply do
by ourselves. That is why Jesus gives us the
gift and power of the Holy Spirit who helps
us to grow strong in faith, steadfast in
hope, and constant in love.
When God reveals himself to us
he gives us the "assurance" and "conviction"
that his power and presence and glory is
just as real, and even more real, than our
experience of the natural physical world
around us (Letter to the Hebrews 11:1-3).
Things around us change, but God never
changes. He is constant, ever true to his
word, and always faithful to his promises
(Psalm 145:13, Hebrews 10:23). That is why
we can have the greatest assurance of his
unconditional love for us and why we can
hope with utter conviction that he will give
us everything he has promised. Jesus is
God's visible proof that his word is
reliable and true - his love is unfailing
and unconditional - and his power is
immeasurably great and unlimited.
The Gospel is the
power of God
As challenges, troubles, and even persecution
increase around us, the Lord Jesus offers us
more grace, more power, and more wisdom to
meet these challenges. And the Lord
increasingly opens new doors for evangelism
and mission as well.
May this issue inspire each one of us to ask
the Lord for an increase of faith and boldness
to witness the power of the Gospel that can
set people free from the tyranny of sin and
division and from Satan's lies and deceptions.
And let us never be "ashamed of the Gospel -
it is the power of God for salvation to
everyone who has faith" (Romans 1:16).
Sincerely in Christ,