The Old Rugged Cross

No greater love than this...

Every Journey Begins with a Curious Mind and a Faithful Heart...

A Reflection of Faith by Jeff Shoemaker

Having faith is more than just believing in something. It is the act of putting that belief to work in your everyday life. And it is this practice of faith that forms the steps in your journey. But before exploring your faith, I would invite you to accept and embrace three vital truths:

  1. There is a God.

  2. God loves you.

  3. God wants you to live as His son, Jesus, lived.

These may seem simple enough, but as you explore your faith, you may find them to be much more challenging. It may take you some time to come to terms with them. But the easiest way to do so, is to focus on the third truth - living as Jesus lived.

If you have access to a Bible, I would invite you to read about Jesus' life. Focus on the first four books of the New Testament, also known as "the Gospel". This consists of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. As you read through them, listen to His words and teachings.

But as I mentioned before, having faith is more than just believing. It is the doing that will set a fire in your bones and strengthen your faith. And so I would encourage you to do as Jesus did. If you see someone in need, help them. Give of yourself to those less fortunate. Lend a helping hand where you can. And with each small act of kindness, your heart becomes more open to the Holy Spirit and, thus, more accessible to God.

In time, you will discover a shift or change taking place within you. You will experience something powerful and stirring. This sensation is the Holy Spirit working within you. And it is this experience that will reaffirm the first two truths I spoke of earlier - God exists and He loves you.

Mount Lebanon is home to a variety of newcomers to the faith as well as seasoned Christians whose walk with God has spanned many years. I would highly encourage you to come meet and converse with us. Give us just one hour on a Sunday morning, and we can help you change your life forever.

We offer Sunday school at 9:00 a.m. and a worship service at 10:30 a.m. followed by a fellowship hour complete with snacks and beverages. Additionally, if you do not have a Bible, we have one for you. Just ask the Usher on the way in. See you on Sunday!