Faith In Action Tribe
“In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead…As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” James 2:17, 26
“Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the Lord is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed.” 1 Samuel 2:3
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
Faith is the trusting commitment of one person to another, particularly of a person to God. Faith is the central concept of Christianity. One may be called a Christian only if one has faith.
In the Old Testament faith is described as the “fear of God” (Gen 20:11; Ps 111:10; Ecc 12:13; Mal 4:2), and in terms of trust (2 Chr 20:20; Ps 4:5; Isa 26:4), and obedience (Ex 19:5; 1 Sam 15:22; Jer 7:23). To accept the responsibilities of God’s covenant was to trust His word that He alone was God and to commit one’s life to His promises for the present and future. That is faith.
In the New Testament, the Greek noun, pistis (faith), is related to the verb pisteuo (I have faith, trust, believe). The noun and verb are found virtually everywhere in the New Testament, with the notable exception that the noun is absent altogether from John’s Gospel and occurs only once in 1 John.
The Faith in Action Tribe is responsible for creating and developing programs both within and outside of our facilities that meet the heartbeat and inspiration of Jesus’ instructions, which is our mission statement to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe those in need, look after the sick, invite in strangers, visit the prisoners, and to look after the orphans and widows.
Proverbs 8.1-4, 22-31 speak volumes to this ministry. We wring our hands and lament the state of the moral fiber in society. We witness the travesties of those in power. We watch the 1deterioration of our environment. We feel powerless to stop a slide into paranoia. “Where is wisdom?” we ask. Wisdom has been with us since the creation of the earth! Wisdom took delight in God’s world and among God’s people. Has wisdom abandoned us? It’s more likely that we have abandoned wisdom. Wisdom requires discipline and determination. Have we become so preoccupied with worldly affairs that we have adopted apathy over wisdom? What are we going to do about that? Wisdom’s cry is a needful cry. This ministry has the unique opportunity to seize back wisdom and use it to God’s glory.
We don’t touch lives by telling others about Jesus – but by showing genuine love and compassion to them in their need. Our hearts, mouths, and hands must be operating in perfect concert to accomplish the world-changing mission to which we have been called. We must touch lives through the power of prayer. The unified church represents a mighty tool of teaching, discipleship, and fellowship that calls the lost in and equips the saved. Jesus physically touched people (Matthew 28.19-20). The need to be touched hasn’t disappeared in the 2000 years since Jesus walked the earth. Ministry requires our hands, not just our mouths.
Putting into action the servants’ heart of what we do can be an overwhelming task as diverse as every individual’s specific needs. Take a look at John 21.1-19. The call to discipleship is very special.
Is there something you can do for someone today? When you do, see Christ in that person. Always remember that witnessing often involves more listening than any other single thing. This is the work of the Faith in Action Tribe. It is vital that care be taken to focus carefully, prioritizing, and planning each and every program only as God leads and inspires. Anticipation of growth and the recognition of potential limitations are essential prior to rolling out anything.
The Faith in Action Tribe oversees the following:
Ministry Hub: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe those in need, look after the sick, invite in strangers, visit the prisoners, look after the orphans and widows
Colonnade of Ancestors
Good News Teen Center
Solid Rock Kids Area
Stop the Pimp
Never-Ending Grace International Ministries
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