Faith is a spirit that we have to possess. The church merely witnesses to the unseen Christ at God’s “right hand” who intercedes his saving graces for us. And having the same Ruach Hakodesh of emunah that is in accordance with the Kitvei Hakodesh, HE’EMANITI KI ADABER ("I believed, therefore I speak " TEHILLIM 116:10), we both believed and therefore we speak. Many areas of the common faith of the church I have not commented on but only for economic reasons. making the appropriate faith declarations that are consistent with what we believe God has covenanted to us through the great New Covenant He has made with us. We feel the same way. As soon as a minister assumes he understands the stranger that he is witnessing to, that this stranger basically shares his cultural reality this missionary is in danger not only of becoming ineffective, unfruitful but worse yet guilty of seriously distorting the meaning of the Gospel by tying the Gospel to his own cultural values and customs and morals. I believe that not only are people lost but also social systems are lost. These include our religion, family, ethnic kinship, nation, our vocational and economic fraternities, and also the free associations we form (birds of a feather flock together). The church is not to draw its sanctimonious robes around itself and retreat into its own fellowship and remove itself from the world. The vocation that befalls humans, believers, and non-believers, is not that of building the ideal kingdom and bringing it into existence but of preparing to meet it. This grace, coming to us in this way, opens the door to life eternal. Since we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we too believe, and so we speak. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. This phrase comes from a messianic prophecy in Psalm 116:10 and is quoted by Paul in II Corinthians 4:13: "I believed and therefore have spoken. Embedded in this terse affirmation is the 16th Century Protestant revolution of ‘church’ even though in umpteen ways it has and continues to fail this revolution. Whenever the church fails to attend to Paul’s exposition of baptism it is a short step from sacrificing its distinctive teaching to ancient ideas of water and spiritual/moral cleansing. “Now we know in part then we shall know even as we are known” (Apostle Paul). “Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak,” (4:13) 1. To believe as one should and to remain silent is impossible; this is what the Holy Spirit says through the royal prophet David, "I believed, therefore I spoke" (Ps 116:10). Church, ‘ecclesia’, is not a nation or kingdom. “I Believe…Therefore I Speak.” November 14th, 2016. If these differences are not understood and accounted when one is teaching and preaching away their own homeland blindness is bound to skew the Gospel and impede its receptivity. This is the spiritual freedom to downsizes the prerogative to rule from above and bend under others to serve them, carry their burdens, and attend to their needs. We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak (2 Corinthians 4:13). We feel the same way. This manuscript is a practical tool for readers to use for a variety of reasons. But this propensity in Protestantism, I believe, is a distortion at best. In this way ethics that are distinctively Christian reflect their origin, that is to say their evangelical origin (i.e. In my blog, I have addressed the importance of understanding the differing cultural makeup that exists in the great rainbow of varying ethnic, national, and religious societies that makeup the earth. We also believe and therefore speak." As such it reflects some of the ways I have come to grasp the Church’s truth and made sense of it so as to communicate it to others hopefully with a degree of relevance. New International Version (NIV). 6/10/2016 5 Comments Blessed are the Peacemakers Dan Swaningson, Hope Chapel 5-29-16 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Jesus said go to the ends of the earth and preach the Gospel and Jesus’ refers to himself as the Son of Man, not some women and men but humanity. 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