‘Faith’ is a word often used but rarely understood.
For Christians, including from those the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (PBCC), faith is the backbone of our beliefs – and the foundation of our relationship with God.
So, what does ‘faith’ mean and how does it fit into a modern-day world?
For our community, simply put, it is the assurance and conviction of the reality of Christianity, or as Scripture puts it, “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. KJV Hebrews 11:1
As a church community, we see faith as a gift from God that is given to every Christian – noting, most importantly, it is not a result of our own achievements.
We believe that faith trusts implicitly in, clings to and is nourished by God’s word, and we take great joy in obeying His word.
In the Brethren community, it is knowing the Holy Bible is the true Word of God and knowing that we have been called upon to live a life in accordance with its instructions.
Our faith believes that the Holy Bible provides each of us with the guidance on how to live our lives.
Faith is believing in God and the Bible, but the living proof is shown by putting the teachings and guidance from God into action every single day.
This is an important principle to the Brethren because we firmly believe that faith-based actions can change lives – both ours and others.
One great example of this outward expression of our Christianity, are the charitable efforts of the Rapid Relief Team.
The RRT is one of many ways for Brethren volunteers to express their Christian principles of care and compassion by giving back to our communities.
In this modern world, and especially currently, there is much room for care and compassion to be expressed.
The old saying goes that ‘there are no atheists in foxholes’, and with the whole world in the grip of the devastating COVID-19 crisis, perhaps more people will find their faith and turn, or return, to God.
In the current challenging and uncertain times, and indeed at all times, our faith and belief in God and the Holy Scriptures would help others to find the same comfort and hope that we have in the living God.