If you're coming, pleeeease stop by and say Hi! I loooooved meeting many of you at the EcCon and it made my day that y'all said hello!
Yesterday's sermon notes are scribbled on an invoice from SpandexHouse.com that I found in my Bible. I'm not sure if that says all areas of my life are integrated, I'm super messy and put things in the strangest places, or I was too ill prepared with proper note taking paper. Probably those last two.
Invoice or no invoice, the sermon was excellent! The text was Romans 3:20-31 and the topic was "Saving Faith". It is a non-negotiable part of our salvation. Faith is a belief in something. A conviction, persuasion. It is founded on testimony not a "feeling" or reasoning. It is the seal that God has used to claim His beloved. John says that God put His seal on Christ.
Saving faith believes that all of the Word of God is true.
Saving faith is inseparable from repentance. Repentance is a changing of the mind + direction. It's doing a 180*. Faith must have value and content. It's not an abstract optimism that says, "Oh, I have a general faith that things will turn out all right." Your faith is only as good as it's object.
Saving faith unites a believer to Christ. Person to person. John 1:12 says that we believe into Jesus. Saving faith is a verb, an action. Like getting onto an elevator and believing that it will take you to the 12th floor. You must get into it.
Saving faith is a belief that works. It bears much fruit. James asks, "Can just faith save you?" We know someone has faith when they act on that faith. Without works, it's dead. It's not the works that are the faith, but the faith that works. It's the driving force and unstoppable.
It's hearing the voice of the Shepherd and following.
Saving faith is a gift from God, not of ourselves. The just shall live by faith.
After being super picky about what I wanted to wear, I just went with what felt comfortable. This was a no-fuss outfit, even if it didn't exactly match. I just pretended it did (there's no blue/purple in the skirt) and a super stylish friend said they liked it, so yay!
Shirt: F21 ($12)
Skirt: Thrift Store ($3)
Wedges: Payless (these were the exact color of my shirt, score!) ($8)
Pearl set: Gift
Alrighty, gotta runny. Hope y'all have a fabulous week! Come say hey in Nashville!