For those of us reared in the fear of God and the authority of the Bible, the faith of our fathers is worth remembering.
It could be summed up in the words of the Apostle Paul:
“Repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ”
The christians among who I was raised, had an awe of God that affected the way they lived. God’s word, His commands were paramount. In an effort to ‘please God’, many things were denied as being worldly. Eg sport, TV, politics, scant clothing, working Sunday etc. Whiles some of this may have been taken to an extreme, it did limit the indulgence of the flesh and also limited the input of ungodly thinking.
The emphasis of the brethren was the attendance at meetings. Every Sunday morning, afternoon and evening we attended the breaking of bread, Sunday school/Ministry meeting and Gospel meeting. This ensured that our thinking was often about God and His word.
The preaching of the Gospel was full on. We were taught that we needed to be saved. Our sins deserved eternal death. Even the best we could do was not good enough for God. Only Christ dying on the cross could save us from hell.
And thus our faith was directed to the Lord Jesus Christ. The learning of Gospel verses was encouraged and rewarded. The one that became special to me was Romans 10:9 KJV
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved”
Thus by trusting in Him and His finished work, I found peace with God and assurance that all was well for eternity.
So much more could be written about the ‘faith of my fathers’. After filtering out the traditions of men, I say I had a godly heritage.
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