In a culture that opposes God’s Word, in a world that says "whatever you believe is fine" and "you do you," it’s easy to think that what you believe about Jesus doesn’t matter. It’s tempting to believe that God’s Word is just one book among many, that your faith is one path on the road to heaven, that your life is just one in seven billion.
But Jesus doesn’t say that.
He says you are precious and loved.
He says He is the way, the truth, and the life.
He says though heaven and earth will pass away, His Words will not.
What you believe about Jesus matters because it forms your view of the world, the words you say, the things you do, and the time you spend with other people. To know Jesus is to know and grow in His Word every day, every year, every stage of your life. Your beliefs about Jesus really matter because your faith was created in you by the Holy Spirit and your thoughts and beliefs are informed by God’s own words, the Bible.
Every day, you have countless opportunities to share and exhibit your faith to those around you. Wherever and to whomever life takes you, God goes with you and equips you to serve Him and your neighbor.
Your name, job, interests, likes, and dislikes all help form your sense of identity. But what happens when one of those things changes? When you fail a test, lose your job, betray a friend, experience a breakup, or stand at the grave of a loved one? Who are you then?
God gives us wonderful news: your identity is rooted in who God says you are. You are loved, forgiven, and baptized. You are His child. This never changes, no matter what happens.
What are you actually supposed to be doing with your life? How do you know when you’ve found it? What if you choose the wrong path?
Your calling is exemplified in the Ten Commandments, which show what it really looks like to love and care for your neighbor. You are called to support your neighbor in needs of body and soul. You are called to help protect your neighbor’s possessions and income. You are called to love your family, friends, and acquaintances.
A lone ranger might look cool in movies. But in real life, a lone ranger looks like this:
A child watching from the swings as all the other students play soccer during recess.
A student walking through the hallways lost and scared on her first day in a new school.
A recent college graduate eating dinner alone after he moves to a new city.
A woman grieving silently over a fractured relationship with a friend.
A man sitting in church alone after his wife dies.
When God said, "It is not good that man should be alone," (Genesis 2:18), He was talking about each of us, not just Adam.
None of us can go through life alone. We need friends, family, and our church to cheer us on in happy times but also to be with us during sad times. This community of believers supports one another as they listen to, pray for, worship with, and serve alongside one another, and as they help one another meet their physical needs.
Being the Church looks like this:
Another child asking the boy on the swing if he wants to play together.
A teacher asking the lost student if she needs help finding her next class.
A neighbor or co-worker inviting the new graduate over for dinner.
Another woman asking the grieving one how she is doing for real.
A family sitting and praying with the widower in his pew.
God wants us to foster caring Christian relationships. He equips people to be His hands and feet to express His love to others and receive His love from them.
As you wash dishes, lead worship, file paperwork, coach soccer, sew quilts, drive the carpool, teach Sunday School, lay concrete, solve a math problem, or read the Bible, remember your identity in Christ and recognize your calling to love and serve others.
Your home is meant to be a place you can rest and relax, eat and drink, and have fun. But all too often in this fallen world, our home life is not the way we intended. Arguments, fights, misunderstanding, and jealousy between spouses, parents, children, and siblings make home feel more like a battlefield than a safe harbor. No matter what your home life is like, God has placed you there to receive His Word and share His love. He promises to be with you and give you patience, understand, humility, gentleness, forgiveness, and genuine love, even if it feels like no one else is.
Students work by carrying out their studies with diligence. Parents have the daily work of caring for their children. Teens and adults work long hours producing goods, offering services, managing departments, and directing companies. Retired people may volunteer, care for grandchildren, or pray for friends and family. No matter what stage of life you are in, God has saved you through faith, by His grace, and created you to do the good works He has prepared for you (Ephesians 2:8—10). Knowing this, you can embrace your daily tasks with great joy, seeing them as God-given opportunities to love and serve your neighbor.
The Church is the people of God throughout time, place, and space—of which you are an important member. At church, you celebrate God's real presence at the altar and look forward to the day when you will join Him at the heavenly banquet table. You study His Word in Bible study. You serve people inside and outside of your church through acts of love and mercy to point them back to the Savior, Jesus, who serves us in this wonderful place.
Your interests and daily activities expose you to a people with a wide array of beliefs. As you interact with these neighbors, recognize opportunities to share the reason for the hope that is in you. Whether the world accepts or does not accept this message, remember that Christ has welcomed you into God's family and sends you into the world to welcome others to do the same.
Your daily Christian life has a set pattern, a course of action from day to day and week to week. Each of these actions serves an important part in your faith life.
Christian life begins and ends with worship as you gather with other Christians in God’s house. You stand before the Lord’s altar, repent of your sins, receive forgiveness, and are encouraged by the presence of your Christian brothers and sisters. You are reminded of your identity as God’s baptized and forgiven child and are sent into the world to serve your neighbor.
The Holy Spirit works through the words of Scripture to strengthen faith. As you read, you are reminded that God cares for not only your own needs but also those of your neighbor. You pray and meditate on this same Word, thanking God for all He has done and making intercessions for those in need.
As you read and pray, there may be times when you realize how much you don’t know about God’s Word. Setting aside time to study it helps you to grow closer to Him and to build relationships with the family of faith.
Parents have the duty of teaching the faith to their families. Church volunteers and leaders teach children in Sunday School and VBS. Christian educators remind their students of God’s promises. Whatever situation you’re in, remember that God has given you His Word and Holy Spirit to assist others in their faith walk.
Filled with God’s loving and powerful Word, you join with the whole family of faith to go into the world and serve through acts of mercy and love. You not only care for needs of the body but also share the Good News of Jesus to care for the soul.