Faith begins by not talking at all. Faith comes by hearing–a very specific kind of hearing. So then faith comes from hearing the message, and the message comes through the Word of Christ (Romans 10:17). Faith talks when Jesus talks. The message that He delivers is the cause and the content of our faith.
Jesus speaks in His Word, the Holy Scriptures. You search the Scriptures since you think you have everlasting life in them; and still they testify about Me! (John 5:39). But more than simply conveying information, the Word of Jesus creates it’s own reality. What Jesus says is true because His Word is a creative Word; it accomplishes the very thing it promises.
Faith first hears, then faith talks. The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart. This is the Word of faith that we preach. If with your mouth you confess, “Jesus is the Lord,” and in your heart you believe “God raised Him from the dead,” you will be saved. With your heart you believe and become righteous; with your mouth you confess and are saved (Romans 10:8-10).
Faith Talks follows this pattern. First we hear the Word of Christ, then faith talks in lively conversations, speaking along with what God has first spoken by His Son Jesus.
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