Framing Your Faith

November 5, 2021

Displayed in 88 words (NIV translation) 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 is a precisely mitered surround, emphasizing faith’s boundaries. Truthful confidence constructs the frame.

If the piece is a childhood memento done with finger paints, framing the creation makes a statement for all to see: there is high-value here. This is part of our family history. We embrace and celebrate its significance.

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“…Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, … he was buried, … he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, … he appeared to Cephas and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.”

Framing a portrait protects the art, providing a firm stability. Families, businesses and museums ensure each frame provides security for high value paintings, prints and photographs.

Faith’s presence is established arriving with precise words, carefully measured. Mitered corners are accurately joined. We are carried through this life as we live with eternal life. We know that through Christ, By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you” (1 Corinthians 15:2).

Life Applications

There are at least four strong sides in faith’s frame which is recorded in today’s passage. Use the time wisely and identify them. Here are two to help you: 1.) Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures. 2.) he was buried, … he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures; 3.)                                                         ; 4.)                                                                 .

If you were charged to create faith’s frame what words and images would you use?

Do historic frames created by earlier generations of disciples help frame your faith? The Nicene Creed and Apostles Creed are two examples. These and others are available through online resources.

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Grace and peace to each of you.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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