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Manifestation of faith

The divine service theme for the month of August, Manifestation of faith

The theme series for the month of August, namely “Manifestation of faith” demonstrates various aspects of faith and its practice in daily life.

The first Sunday service has to do with trust in God. The omnipotence of God, along with His reliability and faithfulness, constitute the foundation of our trust in Him. There is no contradiction between the will of God and its implementation. He fulfils that which He has promised. We trust in His plan of salvation and can be assured that He will accompany us in all situations of life—and that He will never abandon us.

On the second Sunday of the month we will explore the question of our firmness of faith when confronted with afflictions and needs. We find the answer to this question in the foundations of our faith, as they come to expression in our creed. Those who remain steadfast in their faith can experience the help of God and, ultimately, deliverance for eternal salvation.

The third Sunday service focuses on a very special way in which our faith is manifested: wrestling for blessing! Here it becomes clear that we must ask for the help of God. His help does not necessarily consist of protection from every ill that could befall us. In our earthly lives, God does not give us preferential treatment over other human beings, nor does He disadvantage us in comparison to others. We draw comfort from the knowledge that God always helps and supports us. Ultimately, the bridal congregation will attain the fullness of blessing at the return of Christ.

On the fourth Sunday we will delve into the question of our maturity in terms of faith. Just as a child grows into adulthood, we too are to mature in faith. To this end, our life of faith must ripen out by way of specific stages of development. God helps us to mature to the full measure of the stature of Christ.

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