Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Show Me Your Faith!

Show Me Your Faith!
 
I look forward to sharing with you a very important message this Sunday from James 2:14-26 entitled, "Show me your faith." I encourage you to read this passage beforehand. I believe it sums up why Ridgeview Church seeks to be a bridge of God's love to all people so they can experience His purpose for their lives. We have been saved from our sin by the blood of Jesus Christ. As a result, the fruit of our salvation translates into good deeds we do for one another and for our community. It naturally flows out of us because of our faith in Christ.
 
One way our church displayed our faith recently was the bookbag giveaway last Sunday night. Pictured above is the event at Century Park. It was organized by Freedom Fellowship and several churches joined in like Ridgeview. Many of you donated money to buy bookbags for kids. Well, Sunday night around 1,400 people showed up and around 725 bookbags were given away with school supplies! Thank you Chris Crist,Tonya Crist, Bill Howell, and Debbie Howell for coming out Sunday night and working the balloon stand. As kids and parents waited in line sometimes twenty to thirty deep to get a balloon animal, the joy and fruit of your salvation was awesome to see! What I love about Ridgeview is that we have many in our church who are showing their faith by their deeds. We received great compliments from Northwood Baptist on how our people were enthusiastic and just loved on the kids who showed up at the Mega Sports Camp.
 
So, again, the question and also challenge I will lay before us is, "Show me your faith!" James challenges us all in chapter two verse fourteen, "What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith, but does not have works? Can his faith save him?" This is a tough verse and one of the most controversial in Scripture. I'll unpack it Sunday and you will see there really is no controversy at all. It makes perfect sense.
 
See you Sunday!