Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Opus 2011-17, Spiritual Gifts: Faith

(1 Corinthians 12:9 KJV)  To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

The third spiritual gift listed is faith.  Faith is a vital word to Christians because it is tied in with our salvation:
(Ephesians 2:8 KJV)  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
We are saved by grace but notice that it is through faith.  This is the same Greek word used for the gift of faith, but it would be applied differently

The gift of faith is believing big things that are different from your salvation.  A biblical definition of this would be:
(Hebrews 11:1 KJV)  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
A person with the gift of faith would believe strongly that certain promises would come true.  They might be strong in prayer because they believe in God’s answers.  They get things done because their faith drives them on when others might quit.

If you have the gift of faith people might think of you as the little engine that could.  Remember the children’s story where the little train is chugging up the hill saying, “I think I can.  I think I can.”  The difference would be that the gift of faith is not believing in ourselves but believing in the power. of God.  This little engine would be chanting, “I know He can.  I know He can.”

Like all other gifts, faith is present in all believers at some level but those with the gift are powerful beyond their own lives. 

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