This week in chapel, Dr. Wittmer preached from Hebrews 11, and he identified three key points. First, our faith rests entirely on God, and faith is a gift given to us by the Holy Spirit. Secondly, results may vary. There are some examples of the faith who did not receive what they were promised and who were tortured for their faith; yet they were commended for their faith, and the quality of faith cannot be judged by the outcomes. Thirdly, it is OK if our lives are rather ordinary and more normal than we believe the Christian life ought to be. The difference between testing God and trusting God is that testing God starts with uncertainty and seeks assurance, but trusting God starts with assurance and jumps toward a risk.

We are reminded by Galatians 5:13 that we are called to serve one another humbly in love through the callings God has given each of us. Finally, Dr. Wittmer highlighted that every calling counts, and we can rest entirely on Jesus to live out the calling He has given us.

Listen to the full sermon below.


Dr. Michael Wittmer serves as professor of systematic and historical theology and director of the Center for Christian Worldview at GRTS. He has written six “theological books for the church,” including “Becoming Worldly Saints,” “Heaven is a Place on Earth” and “Don’t Stop Believing.” He also blogs regularly at

Mike lives in Rockford, Mich., with his wife Julie and three children.