As the world gropes for answers, Christians say they have one. It’s God. God is the answer. God brings hope. God is love. God cares for creation, and God is ever-present. But then comes the retort: “Where is the proof? Show me.” Wrecked by disease, decimated by disaster and war, the world has good reason to ask: “Where is God-really? Where’s the hope? Show me.” One thing is for sure, the deeper our relationship with God, the more our lives will puzzle the world.
In Live Faith. Shout Hope. Love One Another, author Kathryn Armistead uses passages from the Gospel of Matthew to guide us and frame our conversation. This is fitting because, for centuries, the church used Matthew to teach the basics of the faith. These fundamentals can help us put our faith into practice as Jesus intended.
Armistead’s book contains seven chapters. Each chapter focuses on one aspect of Christian living taken from the Gospel of Matthew, so that we can fully live a life that lives faith, shouts hope, and loves others. At the end of the chapter, there are reflection questions. These are meant to be a reality check and are suitable for individual or group study. These reflection questions are designed to help you reach the next level in living out your faith so that when others see you, perhaps they will also get a glimpse of Jesus. In addition, there are suggestions how you can “bring it home,” this is how you can do to put your thoughts and heartfelt insights into practice and make them part of your daily living.