Hebrews 4:2 (KJV)
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
Whether or not God’s Word profits us depends on whether or not the Word we hear is mixed with faith as we hear it. You can tell if it is mixed with faith because it will produce life, deliverance, peace, healing, joy, and salvation. Jesus did not come to reform us. He came to transform us.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
It seems if you put the word "real" in front of anything it becomes more convincing – “real coffee”, “real leather”, even “real Christian.” You see, real faith is not just something you talk, real faith is not just something you feel--You can be emotionally moved and never act on it. You can go to church and get a quiver in your liver, or goose bumps, but it may never make any difference. The Word of God must be HEARD in your spirit before any fruits are produced. The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge but to change our lives. The value of the Bible is not knowing it, but obeying it.
2 Timothy 2:15(KJV)
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
It is hardly complimentary to God that we should choose Him as an alternative to hell. Yet the Lord in His infinite mercy will accept us if the gospel message will resonate to repentance. God did not error in His Plan of Salvation. The plan of redemption unfolded as Almighty God sent His Son to earth on a mission to die, to “give his life as a ransom for many.” And not just simply to die, but to die on a cross in punishment for our sins so that we might be forgiven and receive the gift of eternal life. To many, that sounds like nonsense but to others, this is good news. I preach a simple Gospel, a message that some say is not sophisticated enough for today’s world. They wonder how the actions of a Man (Jesus) who lived over 2,000 years ago could have any impact on their life today. These bible studies capture the truth about Jesus and how relevant that truth is in the 21st century.