As we seek to proclaim the gospel and uphold, defend and establish the truth of God’s word, it is helpful to remember that God has implanted a witness to the truth within each person’s heart. While those who don’t want to hear our message may protest, the reality is that God has inscribed the fundamentals of his message so clearly on each human soul that dissent can only be manufactured as one fights, ignores or suppresses the biblical moral compass the Bible calls “conscience” (Romans 1:18; Romans 2:15). That is not to say that with repeated practice people can’t so “sear” or damage their conscience that the programmed resonance with God’s truth is hardly felt. No, that can and does happen (1Timothy 4:2; Hebrews 10:22; etc.). But even then, there must be a memory of this internal struggle, when their “hearts raged against the Lord” and his truth (Proverbs 19:3; John 8:9). It may seem we are bringing a completely foreign message to those with whom we speak, but it is not so. The truth is something that has been evident to everyone on a very personal and profound level. Our job is to lovingly turn up the volume on God’s instructions, articulating the written blueprint of God’s revelation which is (or at least was) speaking from within their own hearts precisely the same things.
-- Pastor Mike
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At Focal Point, one of our defining goals in the teaching we strive to produce is accuracy. Every word of Scripture was inspired by God and demands our careful attention. But it isn’t enough to know each verse in context. The living Word of God must have practical implications for how we live and guide our responses to life’s circumstances—the joyous occasions and the heart-rending tragedies.
How do we respond, for instance, when we are confronted by our fears? When we hear the devastating news that it’s cancer? When we suffer through painful losses? When we find ourselves face-to-face with our own mortality? As a pastor for more than twenty-five years, I have walked with many people through difficult valleys. These are the moments when our faith is put to the test, and our theology either sustains us or goes out the window.
When you give a donation to Focal Point this month, I would like to send you a copy of a book that demonstrates the practical relevance of the Bible to our lives: My God is True: Lessons Learned Along Cancer’s Dark Road. As a 28-year-old newlywed and seminary student, Paul Wolfe was stunned by his diagnosis of cancer. This book chronicles his journey and the questions he wrestled with along the way.
Perhaps you are currently facing a situation that is challenging you to come to grips with the biblical truths you acknowledge in principle. I pray that when you experience uncertainty, doubt, or insecurities, you will remember the unchanging truth of God’s Word. He is faithful to provide strength for today and hope for tomorrow.