Am I in the Faith?

Am I in the Faith?                                                         March 12, 2023

The Apostle Paul challenged the Corinthians to “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith” (II Corinthians 13:5).  It is a profound question that each Christian should ask themselves periodically, taking a personal self-assessment of their spiritual condition.  What does it mean to be “in the faith”?  Review the following passages for a brief overview on the subject:

  • Christians should be exhorted to continue in the faith (Acts 14:21-23)
  • When growth is present, churches are strengthened in the faith (Acts 16:4-5)
  • Not every member is strong but some are weak in the faith (Romans 14:1)
  • Christians will be watchful, steadfast, brave and strong in the faith (I Corinthians 16:13)
  • One must not be moved away, but remain grounded in the faith (Colossians 1:23)
  • One who receives Christ as Lord, will be established in the faith (Colossians 2:6-7)
  • Deacons who serve well, develop a great boldness in the faith (I Timothy 3:13)
  • False teachers should be warned, so to remain sound in the faith (Titus 1:13)
  • Brotherly love should always be shared by those in the faith (Titus 3:15)
  • Satan can be resisted by those who are steadfast in the faith (I Peter 5:8-9)

Successful Christianity is not defined by man’s view of greatness, but by humble service to the Lord which is constantly practiced.  To remain “in the faith” , I must practice the faith.  God has provided His saving grace, through Christ, accessed by faith (Ephesians 2:1-10).  As a reaction to this wonderful gift, the Christian will gladly participate in all things which are found “in the faith.”  Living for the Lord is not easy, yes, sometimes it’s downright hard.  But with God’s help, the encouragement of Christ, and the strength of the Spirit, we can endure.  “Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith – the salvation of your souls” (I Peter 1:8-9).

By Jay Launius, 2021, Maud church of Christ, Maud, Texas