Take a minute to watch the video and explore the question “Is there a formula for Faith?”
If you would like to read the transcript, see below:
The Formula for Faith
How is it that people come to know God? Is there a formula for faith?
I don’t mean to oversimplify this issue, but as I read the scriptures, I see there are certain components that are necessary for a person to come to faith in Jesus Christ. This is important because it helps us to see that we can’t just pray or hope that people will cross over from death to life, from unbelief to faith. There are elements to this faith journey.
In Acts 16 we see Paul and his companions traveling and sharing the Gospel. The Holy Spirit had led them to come to Philippi in Macedonia. On the sabbath, he began to share the Gospel with a group of women who were gathered together in that city. Here is how the scripture describes the conversion of one woman named Lydia in Acts 16:14.
“One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.” (NIV11)
This is incredible to me. We see that Paul’s testimony about Jesus was responsible for Lydia’s faith, but it was not his words alone. God needed to open her heart to the message that Paul was sharing. So, we see here that part of the formula is:
Us Preaching the Gospel + God opening hearts = Faith.
The Gospel has the power to save because God has the power to open people’s hearts to its message. And what’s more, is that God will never reject someone who comes to him in faith. That’s why it says in Romans 10:13 “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
That is so beautiful and powerful to me.
But here is the problem. Not everyone has someone able or willing to share the Gospel with them. In Spain, there are millions of people who live in towns where there is no one preaching the Gospel, that we are saved through Christ alone, through faith alone. There are millions of people in Spain who are in one way like Lydia, they have an idea of who God is, but have not come to know him through Christ. In another way, they are not like Lydia. They don’t have access to the Gospel because no one has been sent to them. Spain needs the Gospel.
Even that beloved verse that says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” is followed by the call to SEND people to share the message with those who have not heard. In Romans 10:14-15 Paul goes on to say:
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?
And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?
As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
My name is Jack Gilbert. My family believes that God has called us to be the feet that bring the Gospel to those who have not heard in Spain. But if we are going to go, we need to be SENT. Would you partner with us in being the feet that bring the good news of the Gospel to Spain?
Your ongoing prayer and financial support will ensure that we are able to share the gospel and make disciples who make disciples in Spain. We are currently 70% funded, and so close to being able to share the good news in Spain full time. Now more than ever your ongoing financial support of $25, $50, $100, or whatever amount you can give will make an eternal impact in the lives of Spaniards.
Some are called to take the Gospel to the nations. Some are called to SEND. We are willing to Go. Will you be part of the team that SENDs us?
To learn more about our ministry visit: bit.ly/GilbertsInSpain.
To partner with us visit www.send.org/jsgilbert
Right now, you are part of the equation that is missing in the lives of millions of Spaniards who need to hear the Gospel.
Help us get to Spain with the Gospel, and pray that God will open the hearts of Spaniards to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.