David Hood begins this message with a reading from Acts 16, where the question is asked, “What must I do to be saved?” The reply, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved……” raises the question of what it really means to believe. David takes the listener on a journey commencing with the understanding, as in John 1:1, that Jesus is the Word, the logos of God. Drawing on the articles of faith as examples of the real impact this should have on our lives, David explores Scriptures in the books of Romans, Luke and John as well as many other references. David points out that being Christians, we are meant to represent Christ, bringing life and hope while speaking the Word in love – but since Jesus did not come to judge or condemn (John 3:17) neither should we judge or condemn others. Jesus instructs us to love one another just as He has loved us, but in our own strength we cannot successfully do this. We are meant to humble ourselves and ask for his help and his grace to live as his representatives in the earth. David draws his message to a conclusion with the challenging thought that denial of the Word of God is denial of Christ, just as the Word without love, compassion and grace is not the Word of God.
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