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    Jul232019

    « Sunday Sermon Recap - July 17 »

    Good Wednesday to you.

     

    This past Sunday Pastor Keith continued his “Lost in Translation” series with the Greek word, pistis. It means faith, belief, trust, having confidence. The pistis of which the Apostle John writes in John 3:1-21 is the faith that rests on the resurrection of Jesus, is found only in Jesus, is a gift of the Holy Spirit – and will be tested.

     

    Pastor Keith illustrated what pistis looks like by telling a story about John Paton, a late 1800s Scottish missionary to the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu). While learning the language in order to put it to writing, John discovered this cannibalistic people group had no word for faith…or belief…or trust…or having confidence. Leaning as far back as he dared on the two legs of the chair on which he was sitting, he asked his translator to provide a word for what he saw him doing. The translator said, “You are leaning your whole weight on those two legs." That was it! John now had the word to define what faith, what belief, what trust, what having confidence in Jesus is: leaning one’s entire weight on Jesus.

     

    Faith in Jesus is not just a head belief – not just an intellectual awareness. Faith in Jesus is a confidence that he, as the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 11:2), will hold us up when we’re down, will be strong for us when we are weak, will strengthen us when we are tested and will help us change and grow and mature in our faith as we rely completely on him.

     

    The challenge? Lean on Jesus. Trust him with all of your “weight” (Proverbs 3:5, 6). The best is yet to come.

     

    Next Sunday we will be introduced to the Greek word, mathetes. Again, I’m not at liberty to tell you what the word means, however, a quick read of Luke 5:1-11 (Pastor Keith’s text) will provide more than a good clue (Hint: mathetes does not mean “one who catches fish”).

     

    For Pastor Keith and Pastor David…

     

    Grace and peace,

     

    Ralph West

     

    Click this link for “the rest of the story”: You Will Be Eaten by Cannibals! Lessons from the Life of John G. Paton

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