Our church recently enjoyed the ministry of Rev. Jeff Arnold (9/21/16). He preached to us a tremendous message entitled “Operation Cooperation.” I encourage you to view or listen to it yourself on our webpage ( or podcast (First Church Charlotte on iTunes). A recurring theme of that sermon was Faith is Risk. Yes, you read that right. Faith is risk. So many times in our walk with God we feel called to take a chance on ministry, or prayer, or evangelism. But fear stops us. What if I fail? What if I look bad? What if I’m misunderstood? And being the soft, westernized, wealthy Christians that we are (yes, I mean you) that small risk is enough to stop us. Can you imagine how silly we would look to the great saints who have gone before us? Who were persecuted, scourged, and imprisoned? Who gave their lives for their faith? They would remind us that the worse any of us is going to suffer is perhaps embarrassment, or social awkwardness. No one is going to, say, threaten our families. This is the greatest time in the history of the world to serve God, to take a chance, to embrace some faith-risk. We should gather ourselves, claim God’s promises, pray for rain, tarry, worship, and take a chance. Remember Peter? Lord, is that you? Would you want me to join you out on the waves? He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.

Matthew 14:29 ESV

Pastor N J Elms