Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Confident Faith Building a Firm Foundation for Your Beliefs By: Mark Mittelberg

I loved this book by Mark Mittelberg. It was like he was here in the room talking to me as I read his book. He states in the beginning of his book that it’s worth spending some significant time reflecting on your faith. Otherwise, as soon as someone comes along who questions what you believe and why you believe that way, you won’t know how to respond. When you’ve spent the time researching, discussing, and seeking wisdom on what you believe about God, you’ll be confident in your faith and your answers will reflect that. One part of the book uses a Faith Path Questionnaire to identify how you have arrived to your conclusions. Mittelberg then explains in separate chapters each of these paths and gives advice and encouragement to teach you how to become increasingly confident in what you believe. The evidential faith path’s “key elements, logic and sensory experience, are the God-given tools that we use to gain the vast majority of our information, and they are our best resources for examining truth claims and for ultimately deciding what to believe.” Once you’ve proven to yourself, using this method, that the Bible is God’s Word, you can then use it to test all other claims, and be confident in your faith to share it with others. The last part of the book gives you twenty arrows of truth, reasons you can be confident the Christian faith is true. Then there is a chapter on ten barriers that can block your faith and how to overcome them. This is one book I will keep on my shelf. It is filled with helpful advice and a candid look at God’s Word and how to have your own confident faith.

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