I Believe—What Do I Believe?

Saturday Afternoon Musings

Church of East Corinth among trees in fall color. Vermont, New England, USA
Church of East Corinth among trees in fall color. Vermont, New England, USA

“A surprisingly large number of people who think of themselves as Christians never get further than accepting the truth of Christianity. They believe that God is there–but they have never met him. They believe that God is able to forgive sins–but they have never allowed God to forgive their sins. They believe that God is reliable–but they have never relied on him.”

In eighteenth-century America, people like this were called ‘halfway’ believers. They are on their way to faith–but they have yet to arrive. For such people, ‘I believe in God’ can mean little more than ‘I think there may be a God somewhere.’ The richness and depth of the gospel remains unknown to them.”

—–Alister McGrath,
“I Believe”: Exploring the Apostles’ Creed,
(IVP, 1991), 23

Nothing drives this home quicker than chaplain duty at a local hospital. Make the gospel clear at all times. Seek to move people from intellectual belief only, to real reliance on the living God.

He came. He lived. He died. He rose. He Ascended. He promised. He’s coming.


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