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Factual or Actual?

The Difference between Intellectual Acknowledgment and Genuine Faith

by Matthew Braden



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/9/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 122
ISBN : 9781664275324
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 122
ISBN : 9781664275331
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 122
ISBN : 9781664275317

About the Book

What is the difference between an intellectual, factual knowledge of God and the actual change that occurs when you enter into an intimate relationship of love with Jesus?

Matthew Braden, a devoted servant of the Lord, explores that question in this heartfelt work, emphasizing that true faith means more than believing you are guaranteed a place in heaven. He illustrates that it is not enough to simply know all the right answers or to be born into a “Christian” home.

He looks back on how he lost his way after growing up in the church, giving in to “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16). All the while, he would have claimed that he loved God. But time slowly uncovered the reality that his “Christian” life was just a veil for the sin that held him captive.

The author reveals how the Holy Spirit ignited his faith, challenging his heart with questions such as:

What does it really mean to love God?
What does true, saving faith in Jesus Christ look like?
How can you engage in authentic discipleship?

Matthew uses many thought provoking questions to challenge his readers to examine what they believe and how it affects the way they live. He also notes that choosing to put your faith in Jesus and surrender your will is not an intellectual determination—it is a decision of the heart.

Forget what you think you know, challenge what you have heard, and investigate the Word of God for yourself with the insights in Factual or Actual?

About the Author

Matthew Braden is a dedicated six-year student of God’s Word. His education began at the church he attends regularly today. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in business from Towson University in 2019 and went on to pursue more Bible-centered education through Men with a Mission, a three-year intensive discipleship class led by Pastor Wally Webster. The program equips men to properly exegete the Scriptures and trains them to become effective disciple-makers in the community and leaders in the church. At Mount Airy Bible Church (MABC), Matthew consistently serves in the music ministry and teaches adult Sunday school classes on various topics.
Matthew has authored this first book with one goal in mind: to help others see their true and total need for Jesus. His desire to see others receive Christ is driven by his own story filled with confusion, doubt, and questioning. Matthew grew up attending MABC and eventually came to a place where he questioned his faith and Christianity as a whole. Since then, Matthew has sought out the truth about God and His Word and has come to know the Lord in a true and personal way. In his writing, Matthew presents the truth of God’s Word through deep study and meticulous exegesis in the hopes of introducing his readers to the one, true, and living God.