What’s in a name? Why Heritage of Faith?
Most people do not look at faith as a heritage but it is our purpose. They look at it as an experiment. When Jesus returns to this earth, He is not coming for those who have tried to live by faith, but rather for those who have followed a consistent “lifestyle of faith”.
What is a lifestyle of faith?
One that refuses to draw back or give up. Hebrews 10:38 says, “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him”.
The faith life is also one that is committed and one that is perpetuated! Most of the time in the Bible you will find God speaking in terms of at least three generations: “I am the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob”. The reason is this: once a lifestyle is adopted by at least three consecutive generations of people, there is a strong possibility that it will be perpetuated.
If God can get you to live by faith and your children to live by faith, and your children’s children to live by faith, it is likely that from now until Jesus comes, your household will be a people of faith.
God wants you and me to live by faith not just because it works, but because He is establishing a heritage. We don’t live the life of faith because it is a fad, or a movement. We live it because it is our heritage. Our ancestors lived this way. When you read the Bible, don’t look at Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as Bible characters only. They are your spiritual ancestors. They lived by faith before we did. We owe it to them to live this way as our purpose.
This is the reason that Peter called our faith “precious”. It is a spiritual heirloom passed down from one generation to another. It is our responsibility to pass down this precious heritage to our children. Our life before them must be an example of faith. We will be held responsible by God not only for passing the life of faith to our children, but also for seeing that they, in turn pass it down to their children.
At Heritage of Faith Church it is our desire to reveal the vitality and importance of living by faith and not just experimenting with it but it is our purpose. Most of all, to uphold a lifestyle of faith before our children and our grandchildren so that this faith can be perpetuated in our families for generations to come.