Sending leads to preaching.
Preaching leads to hearing.
Hearing leads to believing.
Believing leads to calling on the name of the Lord.
Notice that believing is not the climax. Even the great Protestan tReformers who taught us the principle of sola fide (“Faith Alone”) also preached that intellectual assent alone does not bring salvation. There is one more step for demonstrating a real and living faith, and that is calling out to God with all of one’s heart and soul.
Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire
When did we begin to stop at belief? That is just another way for our faith to become man centered rather than God centered. We aren’t saved because of our belief. We aren’t saved because of our belief, we’re saved because we believe in what God and Christ have done and realize our ultimate need. We are saved because of our need and our realization of the utter glory and power of Christ. Not only does that realization change us but the commitment to change our lives and our identities because of that realization, or rather, to allow God to finally begin to further His good work within us. We must give glory to God. That’s what brings us into communion with Him