Published September 06, 2018

Back in 1987, George Michael donned his skinny jeans, aviator sunglasses and studded, leather jacket to proclaim a message. He waggled around on stage and belted out the chorus: “I’ve got to have faith, faith, faith. I’ve got to have faith, faith, faith—baby!” Are you humming along to that culture-shaping message from thirty years ago?

For Michael in this song, we should have faith, but he doesn’t seem to answer the looming question - In what should we put our faith? While he did wear a pair of cross earrings, he seemingly sang that we should have faith in faith itself. One recent commenter on Michael’s lyrics “amen-ed” his message. He wrote: “I’m no religious freak. In fact I hate organized religion! But without faith I’d be lost and I’d be a wreck most of the time. So I’m going to listen to my mate George Michael and say... I’ll just do my best! And leave the rest up to faith!”

Now, I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t seem anything like the word “faith” as it’s found in our Scriptures. Paul proclaimed: “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ (Romans 10:17).” To the Ephesian church, he spoke about Jesus, saying: “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12).” Faith seems to be much more than a feel good attitude.

Why don’t you join us for our next sermon series about the nature of biblical faith? It’s time to strip away thirty years of cultural corrosion on this term and re-examine what it means to be people of faith in this cultural moment. Our series is entitled “Allegiance” and will build from the brilliant, biblical insights of a recent book written by Dr. Matthew Bates called Salvation by Allegiance Alone. In fact, we’ll even have a few copies for purchase if you’d like to explore this topic more fully.

Come and open your eyes to the dense and beautiful life of faith in Jesus Christ. It might just get you dancing in a newly discovered freedom. Come and bring a friend, but let’s agree to leave the 80’s leather and glasses at home for this one, OK?  

Brooks is a father of three boys, husband to one wife, and lover of many books. Aside from reading and writing you may also find him coaching, watching, or playing sports.
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