Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart.
In this week’s teaching on faith, Pastor Jonathan explains why faith is important and how it works. Faith in God’s grace is the navigating principle of our whole life. Our faith grows by God’s grace in three inseparable ways: understanding, conviction, and commitment. In particular, this week we reflect on how faith moves us to deeply consider, evaluate, and reflect upon our existence underneath the light of the Word of God. Not only do we believe in God (His existence) but also we believe God (what He says).
The lives of the faithful weighed the promises of the world over against the character of God and found the world wanting. They understood that the things of this world cannot compare to the power of the Creator. They trusted that God would save them in the time of trial. They knew that sight was fickle as opposed to true faith which deeply considers, reflects, and commits to the God who saves us through Jesus Christ.