Called to mercy by God’s mercy and love by Christ’s love Freed in Faith exists to spread a true Gospel message inspired by hope, peace and grace and that teaches the timeless truths of the Enduring Word of Life.
“Called to mercy by God’s mercy…”:
To truly be Freed in Faith we must then embrace forgiveness, compassion and understanding, proclaiming a message that seeks to seeks to unburden the heavy heart and the wounded soul.
From man’s first fall God tempered His judgment and wrath, and gave to fallen man a promise of salvation. (Genesis 3:15) Despite our sinful nature and our transgressions against Him, it is not His anger that endures, but His mercy. Just as we then approach His throne seeking His compassion and relief, (Hebrews 4:16) we too must be willing to show mercy to others.
As each of us are called then to be imitators of our Heavenly Father, (Ephesians 5:1) each of us are thus called to put aside the sins and offenses against us and to demonstrate mercy to others, even when we perhaps feel as if it isn’t justified. (Luke 6:24-36) Though this may not be easy it reflects our faith, a faith that perpetually reminds us that even when we were lost sinners God sent His Son to die for us.
Our commitment to a message of mercy is therefore a commitment to spiritual growth, as individuals and as members of the larger body of Christ, redeemed by the precious blood of the Lamb.
“… and love by Christ’s love…”:
These are the words of our Savior, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (John 13:34) Again, he repeats, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” (John 15:12) while in his Epistle to the Thessalonians Saint Paul writes, “But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.” (1 Thessalonians 4:9)
Love is more than a feeling or a sentiment. In the lives of the believer, called to faith, it is intended to be an active part of their life, reflected in their thoughts, words and deeds as they show their faith in their works. They are then to work not just for their own spiritual growth but the growth of their brothers and sisters, giving freely of themselves just as our blessed Savior gave so freely of himself.
“…Freed in Faith exists to spread a true Gospel message inspired by hope, peace and grace…”
Though each of us are born with a natural knowledge of God, the deeper truth, wisdom, love and grace of our Lord is only revealed in certain places. Preserved for us through the ages amidst this lost and fallen world we are to make good use of it.
The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) sets before the redeemed not only a commandment, but also a challenge. Called to be more than just casual Christians, we are to live in the Word and spread the light of the Gospel message with a sincere heart, so that we can plant the seed of faith in the spirit of others. We are to do this because Scriptures are “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
In this we realize that to truly love, and to truly show mercy we must commit ourselves to evangelism and discipleship, preaching and teaching the Word in truth.
We emphasis truth and “true Gospel message” because even Satan will disguise himself as an angel of light to hide his intent and deceive the believe. (2 Corinthians 11:14-15) There will always be those who preach falsely, using flattery, smooth talk even as they twist the Word of the Lord for their own purposes and their own devices. (Romans 16:17-20) We must be ever vigilant and diligent against such deceptions.
To do this we work tirelessly not only to instruct others in the Word of the Lord, but ourselves, seeking first the wisdom of God, allowing for Scripture to interpret Scripture. This way we can ensure that we are offering a true message of hope, peace and grace first preached by our blessed Savior and now preserved by the power of His Spirit.
“…and that teaches the timeless truths of the Enduring Word of Life.”
Despite our changing age, we can count on the consistency of God as revealed by His Word. Though we may fluctuate with our understanding, or alter ourselves with the passage of time, God does not. We should not aspire to reshape and remold God into our image, but rather conform to His. For this we need to His strong, steady guidance, timeless amidst the struggles that we face, and yet personal to the challenges that are in front of us.
We strive then to preach and teach the Word in its entirety, using scripture as our guide knowing that not only that people shouldn’t add or subtract from the Bible, but that there is nothing we could that would make it more powerful or more relevant than it already is in the lives of God’s people.