When we talk about faith, we are talking about the relationship God’s Holy Spirit creates with us. It’s a relationship where God’s promise of steadfast love and mercy in Jesus opens us to a life of bold trust in God and joyful, generous service to everyone we know and meet in daily life.
Martin Luther was exuberant when he described the freedom of “a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that believers would stake their lives on it a thousand times.” He once wrote, “Oh, it is a living, busy, active, mighty thing, this faith. It is impossible for it not to be doing good things unceasingly.”
At the same time faith does not close our minds to the world and our hearts to others. We continue to listen to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. We listen to the witness of others and we watch for the ways God is active in the world around us. Faith opens a place for engaging others in conversation, for seeking the truth, for asking questions and speaking love in word and deed.
At FJ✟LC you will rarely hear the pastors telling the people how they should use their faith in the world - how their faith becomes active. This is simply because only the individual can determine where God is calling them to put their faith into action. The Church provides the resources to enrich, deepen and encourage faith, however, we cannot be the ones that tell you where that faith "must" be exercised. There is room in the Body of Christ for a wide variety of expressions of our deep faith