Call to Faith
Teaching of Virtue
Call to Faith
The desire for everlasting fulfillment is written upon every human heart, and to believe in Jesus Christ is to attain it. Humbly then, accept the divine invitation, a free gift extended to all, for Christ to enter into the whole of your life—not as a one-time consent, but an ongoing assent—forever casting off the garments of your old self and bringing forth the garments of your new self. Not only keeping the faith, but living it, sharing it, and bravely bearing witness to it—making the way of Christ, by grace, the very pattern of your life.
Pray for faith so deep, so true, and so real—the fire of the Holy Spirit burns inside you to freely surrender your will entirely to God’s will.
Pour the fullness of your belief in Jesus Christ, and by the strength of the Holy Spirit—be moved; for it’s by faithfully and willfully moving toward God, that God, through Christ, reaches out and touches you by the finger of His grace—infusing you with the virtue of faith.
So when Scripture says there is only one name by which you can be saved, and that name is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12)—you believe. When it says Scripture is the inspired Word for God equipping you in the Way of Truth (2 Timothy 3:16-17)—you believe. When it says nothing can separate you from the love of God (Romans 8:39)—you believe. When it says, all things work together for good for those who love God (Romans 8:28)—you believe. When it says nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37)—you believe.
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“...it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead; in his name this man stands before you healed. He is ‘the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.’ There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.” — Acts 4:10-12 (NABRE)
“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living, so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed.” — 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (GNT)
“neither the world above nor the world below—there is nothing in all creation that will ever be able to separate us from the love of God which is ours through Christ Jesus our Lord.” — Romans 8:39 (NRSVCE)
“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” — Romans 8:28 (NRSVCE)
“For nothing will be impossible with God.” — Luke 1:37 (NRSVCE)
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” — Hebrews 13:8 (NRSVCE)
“God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. ” — Colossians 1:9-13 (NRSVCE)
“Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my supplications in your faithfulness; answer me in your righteousness.” — Psalm 143:1 (NRSVCE)
“However that may be, let each of you lead the life that the Lord has assigned, to which God called you. This is my rule in all the churches.” — 1 Corinthians 7:17 (NRSVCE)
“...turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” — Acts 26:18 (NRSVCE)
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” — 1 Peter 2:9 (NRSVCE)
“I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.” — Ephesians 4:1-6 (NRSVCE)
“...without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. ” — Hebrews 11:6 (NRSVCE)
“Therefore, brothers and sisters, holy partners in a heavenly calling, consider that Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession,” — Hebrews 3:1 (NRSVCE)
"Believing is a matter of the will. A man does not believe without being willing to believe." — C.H. Spurgeon
“Faith is powerful to do all things, for nothing is impossible to the believer; faith makes all things attainable and possible. Faith illumines and ennobles the understanding of man, since it directs him in the darkness of his natural ignorance.” — Mary of Agreda
“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” — Helen Keller
"Without God, what am I but a guide to my own destruction." — St. Augustine
"True faith is man’s weakness leaning on God’s strength." — D.I. Moody
"I hold firmly that the justification of a believer is a finished, perfect, and complete work; and that the weakest saint, though he may not know and feel it, is as completely justified as the strongest." — J.C. Ryle
"Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time." — Oswald Chambers
"Faith is not believing the unbelievable but trusting in God’s word because of what one has come to know of God’s character. And faith always 'goes public' in acts of obedience, since a 'faith' that does not obey is not a true, justifying faith at all (see James 2:21-26)." — Scott Hafemann
"Many Christians estimate difficulties in the light of their own resources, and thus attempt little and often fail in the little they attempt. All God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on His power and presence with them." — Hudson Taylor
"Realize that you must lead a dying life; the more a man dies to himself, the more he begins to live unto God." — Thomas a Kempis
"Becoming a Christian is the work of a moment; being a Christian is the work of a lifetime." — Billy Graham
“A little faith will bring your soul to heaven; a great faith will bring heaven to your soul.” — C.H. Spurgeon
For your family, small group, or personal reflection.
STEP 1: Introduction
Example: "I'm going to play a short video on the topic of answering the call to faith. After the video, I have some questions to gather your thoughts and get the discussion started. We’ll then wrap up with a closing prayer."
STEP 2: Watch Video (or listen)
Watch (or listen to) the video of the teaching (cast to your TV via YouTube). If time allows, also read the teaching, related Scriptures, and related quotes.
STEP 3: Discussion / Reflection
- Was there a defining moment when you accepted the divine invitation for Christ to enter into the whole of your life? Reflect on that experience (please share). If you have yet to fully accept Christ into your life, what is holding you back?
- Scripture is the inspired Word of God, equipping you in the Way of Truth (see 2 Timothy 3:16-17). In what ways does Scripture equip you in your life?
- Nothing can separate you from the love of God (see Romans 8:39). What does this mean to you?
- All things work together for good for those who love God (see Romans 8:28). How have you seen this play out in your life?
- On a scale of 1-10, how on fire is your faith right now? When was it the hottest in your life? What are some things you consistently do to, by God’s grace, stay on fire?
- Did any of the related Scriptures or quotes stand out to you (please elaborate)?
- Any other thoughts you’d like to share?
STEP 4: Wrap Up & Closing Prayer
Summarize and wrap up the discussion. Then, conclude with a sincere and humble prayer from the heart.