A Faith of Equal Standing

To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.—2 Peter 1:1-2.

With the arrival of the new year, we have increasing opportunities for reaching the nations with the Good News that Christ offers salvation to all who believe and receive him. For those of us who have walked with Christ for many years, this seems like a simple task, a decision that is basic, and therefore, easy to make. However, for many who hear the true gospel and call upon the name of the Lord and “receive a faith of equal standing,” the process of walking daily in faith can be a challenge to navigate.

Recently, while visiting new believers in very remote villages, these questions were raised:

  • Is it OK to worship and study at B’s house?
  • If my neighbor mistreats me do I have to treat him with kindness?
  • As believers, who will help us bury our dead (our unbelieving neighbors tell us they will not)?

Surely these questions sound simple, and answers should be easy to come by. But, when someone hears the truth of the gospel for the first time, understands its implication in their life, and believes in Christ as Savior and Lord, the days following can be quite challenging. To follow Christ may mean stepping out of decades of tradition dictated by false religion. And for some, this decision may be interpreted by family and neighbors as turning away from culture, family and societal relationships. But, when considering the questions of these new believers, one understands there is now a deeper love for their neighbor, family and village, coupled with the desire to see their people also obtain a “faith of equal standing.”

This year, as God allows, we will continue to engage people with the gospel message, spreading into new and different regions. We will hold our second discipleship seminar as we work to disciple new believers toward maturity, and to train and equip them to lead out in ministry among their people. We will continue to broadcast Bible stories on the radio. Bibles will be distributed, and transformational projects that show Christian love in action will be initiated.

In looking ahead, the new year does indeed bring about increasing opportunities for the Good News. May we all be faithful to God’s call as we pray, give and go, that others may have the opportunity to “obtain a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.”

  1. Beverly Coad says:

    I forgot to click on the submit button, so here is my blurb again. It is extremely sobering to contemplate what might be the consequences of believing in Jesus while a person lives on this earth, but it is even more sobering to contemplate what will be the eternal consequences of not believing in Jesus.

    I praise God for all the opportunities that you will have during this new year to tell others about Jesus!! Truly, my heart goes with you!

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