Religion and Faith

reasons for faith

After the service of last Sunday (10.12.17) some people asked for the Power Point slides about the sermon, especially about ‘religion and faith’.
So here is it: The sermon theme was ‘Preparing for the return of the king’ and one of the important points: ‘Discerning religion and faith in our life.’

Religion and Faith

‘I obey, therefore I am accepted.’
‘I am accepted, therefore I obey.’
Motivation is based on fear and insecurity.
Motivation is based on grateful joy.
‘I obey God in order to get things from God.’
‘I obey God – to delight and to resemble Him.’

When circumstances in my life go wrong, I am angry at God or myself.
When circumstances go wrong, I struggle, but I know that God may allow this for my training.

When I am criticized I am furious or devastated because it is essential for me to think of myself as a ‘good person’.
When I am criticized, I struggle, but it is not essential for me to think of myself as a ‘good person’.

My prayer life consists largely of petition and only heats up when I am in need.
My prayer life consists of generous stretches of praise and adoration. My main purpose is fellowship with God.

More to find in: T. Keller ‘Center Church’, p. 65

Pastor Niek Tramper