We can sit under the best teachers and pastors. We can be trained by men and woman who are "famous" in the churches eyes, but if we have no faith then what really do we have except a lot of acquaintances?
If we look to others to teach us and hear God for us, then we will never have the encounter with Him. I hear people's options about church, God, and Christianity. I hear the world crying out for an authentic reality to what God is all about.
We have to have faith to believe that the God of the universe created us not for puppets on a string, or slaves to live by a religious law that is impossible to keep, but created to live in relationship with Him. Christianity has nothing to do with what we can do, but instead living from a position as receptacle. We receive the gift of forgiveness, we receive the gift of unconditional love, we receive mercy and grace. We don't have to work to go get it. It is ours because Jesus made the greatest sacrifice for us. He paid the ultimate price.
James 1:17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
God is the giver for all good things! When you give someone a gift it is not out of duty or because they did everything to get it, but out of love for the individual. Ya'll nothing explains Christianity better than giving a gift to someone who never did anything to deserve, but out of love for the individual. No strings attached just authentic love of a Father!