November 30th Feast of Saint Andrew – Bible Reading (Romans 10:9-18)

(Faith comes from what is preached, and what is preached comes from the word of Christ.)

If your lips confess that Jesus is Lord

and if you believe in your heart

that God raised him from the dead,

then you will be saved.

By believing from the heart

you are made righteous;

by confessing with your lips you are saved.

When scripture says:

those believe in him

will have no cause for shame,

it makes no distinction between

Jew and Greek:

all belong to the same Lord

who is rich enough,

however many ask his help,

for everyone who calls his name

will be saved.

But they will not ask his help unless they believe in him,

and they will not believe in him

unless they have heard of him,

and they will not hear of him

unless they get a preacher,

and they will never have a preacher

unless one is sent,

but as scripture says:

The footsteps of those who bring good news

are a welcome sound.

Not everyone,

of course,

listens to the Good News.

As Isaiah says:

Lord, how many believed what we proclaimed?

So faith comes from what is preached,

and what is preached comes from the word of Christ.

Let me put the question:

is it possible that they did not hear?

Indeed they did;

in the words of the psalm,

their voice has gone out through all the earth,

and their message to the ends of the world.

The word of the Lord.

R.) Thanks be to God.

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