All around us, life is changing at a dizzying pace. Even in the church, change is happening so fast that it can be tough to keep up.
For example, to communicate more effectively with people, Christians have changed the way “church” is done. Many believers have become accustomed to churches without pews, sanctuaries without hymnbooks, and message outlines and songs projected onto large screens.
Christians have also recognized the need to change their methods of reaching out to non-Christians with the gospel of Jesus. Churches use sports leagues to bring the gospel to people in their neighborhood. They open up food pantries to reach out to the disadvantaged. They hold special group meetings for people dealing with grief or addictions.
Not everything is changing, however, Dr. M. R. De Haan wrote in the first edition of Our Daily Bread om 1976: “if there is one thing Paul insisted upon, it is that works have nothing to do with obtaining or retaining our salvation. We are justified by faith, and faith alone” (Romans 4:5; 5, 1).
Modes and methods of worship may change. But salvation is through faith in Jesus alone. That will never change – ever. – Dave Branon
Unchanging is the Word of God –
Salvation is by grace
Through faith alone in Christ who died
In every sinner’s place. – Hess
In a world of constant change, you can trust God’s unchanging Word.
- August 7, Vol. 12B, Our Daily Bread