Faith and Mission



Faith is believing, and yet faith is a lot more than believing because faith is believing that moves us beyond believing into action. Faith is not the absence of doubt, indeed if it was about the absence of doubt it would not be faith.

Faith does not require us to know everything, and indeed it probably suggests that we don't, as Paul sums up in 1 Corinthians 13, where he says "For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face."

Sometimes we can be a little confused, about the action of faith and the content of a faith statement. For us, faith is primarily a verb rather than a noun and is more relational than intellectual.

Initially, Christians were called "followers in the way", but soon came to be called Christians, meaning "Like Christ". That is not something any of us would claim to have achieved, for Faith indeed is a journey.

Ultimately we are disciples of Jesus, in that we are those who want to learn from Jesus. In that sense, faith is more about who you know than what you know.

God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.