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What We Can Do To Strengthen Our Faith

Read the Bible every day. This is the way God speaks to us. Just reading the words is not enough. We need to study, meditate, and research the Scriptures (Isaiah 34:16).

Pray to God every day. This is the way we speak to God. We should pray for ourselves, that we may have a Christlike attitude, and thank God for the blessings we receive. We should pray for those who have mistreated us. We should pray for the church, for the elders, the preacher, and all of the membership. And pray for the lost (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

Memorize the books of the Bible. This may not be necessary to go to heaven, but it will help strengthen our faith. Any person who claims to be a student of the Bible should memorize the books of the Bible and classify them (Psalm 119:11).

Study the plan of salvation. Learn book, chapter, and verse of the Scriptures on hearing about Christ, believing that Christ is the Son of God (John 8:24), confessing Christ before men (Matthew 10:32), repenting of our sins (Luke 13:3, 5), and being baptized into Christ for the remission of our sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16). We should memorize these Scriptures, or at least be able to find them in our Bibles.

Learn sound doctrine (Titus 2:10). We need to know where the book, chapter, and verses are that teach us about: the Lord's supper (1 Corinthians 11:23-29); about giving (1 Corinthians 16:1-2); about singing (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16), about the oneness of the church (Ephesians 1:22-23); and the qualifications of elders (1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9) and deacons (1 Timothy 3:8-13).

Attend every service of the church. There may be an occasion when we just can't be present for a church service, but if we really want to be present to worship

God and enjoy the fellowship of our brethren, most of us can be there 99.9 percent of the time (Hebrews 10:25).

Participate in the activities of the church. Be as active and helpful as you have the ability to do so (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Teach someone the gospel plan of salvation. We should not be afraid to talk to someone about their soul. We have the truth, and we need to share it with others. Our friends and relatives are going to be eternally in one of two places; let us try to take them to heaven with us (2 Timothy 2:2; Matthew 7:13-14). —Leonard Wilson

Glad Tidings of Good Things
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