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PHILIP: FAITH IS GOD’S GIFT Barry L. Ralph

We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. John 1:45 (NIV)
There’s a great temptation for Christians to claim the discovery of their faith as their own. “I Found It!” proclaims a bumper sticker popular with some Christians. They delight in relating the day they made the decision to follow Jesus as Lord.
 
Telling others about our faith is logical consequence of our faith. Yet we must be careful not to create the wrong impression.
Jesus first found Philip. Then Philip told Nathaniel. We are found by the
 
Lord first. He makes his decision for us. “I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe…..” writes Martin Luther in The Small Catechism. Faith is not our discovery. It is God’s gift to us, so that we might know him and share the miracle of his love with others