FROM THE PULPIT: Excel in your work and faith lives

Published: Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

Would you believe that in the Bible there are minimum requirements for being considered a Christian? Bare minimums are belief in the existence of God, our creator; and that Jesus Christ is Immanuel, "God with us," and that he died on a cross so the sins of those who believe in him could be forgiven. The bare minimums also include the belief that God’s Holy Spirit is his presence among us, working in and through us to accomplish God’s will on this earth.

More is needed to grow in faith and excel. This includes a change of mind and heart, and putting our faith into action. We change from thinking about and living only for ourselves, to living completely for Jesus Christ.

What God requires of us is a life lived with acts of justice, kindness and humility, which are lived as a result of our faith.

Don’t try to get by doing just the bare minimum. Do your utmost to excel in your faith journey!

The Rev. Mark Broadhead is Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church of Crestview’s pastor.

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