We often hear our faith compared
to the growth of a plant. As a seed grows, its roots grow deeper into the soil
while the plant pushes up through the ground—becoming larger as it feeds off of
the nutrients provided by the roots.
As the analogy goes, our spiritual
life depends upon our roots—if they have grown and spread out underground, we
will be able to support a mature faith. However, shallow or corrupted roots
cannot sustain a faith that must endure trials and suffering to be complete. Only
a strong, unshakeable foundation in our doctrines and beliefs will keep us to
The theme articles remind us that
our beliefs come from God and are supported by the Bible. Though they may not
be popular, what we believe in is true. When we study the Bible closely and
reflect upon our experiences with the Holy Spirit, we are assured of our faith
in the true church.