In the book Passing On The Faith, Dr. Merton Strommen and I describe a Vibrant Faith as:
An affair of the heart and a commitment of the mind that results in good actions. (page 84). It is all three of those all the time, not one of those once in a while.
From the Creation accounts in Holy Scripture we are reminded that human beings were created in the image of God to image God to all of creation. Throughout the Old Testament and the New Testament we learn that how we live is connected to the faith that the Holy Spirit continues to shape in our lives.
Baptism is not just a rite of the Church when we were immersed in water, or a pastor poured, sprinkled, or splashed water upon us in the name of our Triune God. In Romans 6: 14, St. Paul reminds us that baptism is a way of life, a life in relationship with God and with one another. We are to “walk in the newness of life.” We do not “walk in the newness of life” to get to God, but because God has already come to us in the saving act of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and ascension.
St. Paul, again, reminds us that tending the baptismal journey is learning to live well in Christ and not just a one-time rite of the Church in 1 Cor. 9:24-10:5. And in Galatians and Ephesians, having faith in Jesus Christ is connected to living in the Spirit, bearing one another’s burdens and putting on the whole amour of God. Faith and living well are connected.
In John 3 Jesus tells the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well that the water that he will give her will not only heal her of her brokenness, he will make the life giving water become a wellspring gushing up to eternal life. Later in John 10:10 Jesus says that his purpose in coming was to give live, abundant life. The New Testament Greek word for abundant life literally means “overflowing.” This is the background to the logo for FaithWellMT.
MT—is a play of the word empty as used in the description of one of the characteristics of a disciple of Jesus Christ living well:
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who being in the very nature of God did not consider equally with God something to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God, the Father.
(NIV with the exception of my translation of the Greek in verse seven: emptied himself).