Last week, my daughter got up early so she could have breakfast with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (with 25 other students). This week, I got up early and had breakfast with Pastor and author Francis Chan (with other international Pastors). It is exciting to meet big Christian names – heroes of the faith.
But in fact we meet heroes of the faith all the time. Pastor Ruth Tablada is one and she is our longest serving staff member. She was ordained by Union Church in 2010, and, for a female in the Philippines, this is extraordinary. The organisers of the Hong Kong Christian Conference are others, starting in China 91 years ago, they have served the city faithfully. As of today, 132,234 have participated in this year’s conference. Those serving in non Christian-friendly countries, those struggling with their own personal issues and remaining faithful, those being persecuted for His name's sake are all heroes of the faith. The book of Hebrews chapter 11 lists many New and Old Testament heroes of the faith.
To be a hero of the faith is to have demonstrated your faithfulness in action in an extra-ordinary manner. Faith, by definition means “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. There is so much we do not see, but we are to have faith - God sees and He knows.
Faith comes by hearing the word of God (Heb. 10:17) and without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6). There is lots going on in our city, in our families, in our work place and in our church but we need to have faith in the God who says, “even if we are faithless, I will remain faithful.” (2 Tim. 2:13).
We can respond to faith with action. This Sunday we invite you to join us as we pray for the city on our feet. Immediately after the service, 12:30 p.m., join us for a prayer walk. We will make our way to 22A Kennedy Road, with stops along the way. Wear walking shoes, bring water, all are welcome. Clerk of Deacons Charles Caldwell is mapping out our route. Hope you can join us.
Be of good courage and have faith,