Reflection 15th July

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1

Welcome to church today. This is the second in a ridiculously short series of sermons on the life and ministry of the apostle Peter. Last week we looked at his call by Jesus. This week Andy is going to help us consider his denial of Jesus and what that means for us.

Last week I said to you that I would write for a couple of weeks my reflections on long service leave. Last week I wrote on the importance of the Scriptures (although it came out as ‘sacrifice’ because of my poor writing, sorry about that). This week my reflections on the importance of faith.

As you know the earliest weeks of long service leave were in Jerusalem. There we stayed with Anglicans from all over the world walking in the Footsteps of Jesus.

Now of course Anglicanism is, as they say, a broad church. This means that it is expressed differently in different parts of the world. There were people on the course the lifestyle of which was very different.

Were these people unkind? No they were not. Were they difficult to get along with? Not all all. It wasn’t their demeanour that was an issue but their lifestyle. Here’s what I learnt. Faith means holding to what the Bible says regardless of whether the person is easy or difficult, friendly or otherwise.

See what faith means is that despite the circumstances, despite outward appearances I base my life on the revealed word of God. Does the Bible tell me this is the way to live? I seek to live it. That is faith. Does the Bible tell me this is the wrong thing to do? I seek not to do it. That is faith.

Of course, of course, of course I fail miserably. Only Jesus lived the perfect life and he died so that I can be forgiven (you too). But that’s faith also! What long service leave taught me was a reminder that I build my life on the Lord Jesus Christ whatever the circumstances look like.