If you were to ask virtually anyone who identifies himself or herself as a Christian, you would likely hear about how central faith is to Christianity. And that’s certainly a biblical notion as well—consider the following well-known verses:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
”For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
The problem is, I think that in our modern vocabulary, we have come to define the word faith to mean something different than what it means in Scripture. And that leads to all kinds of problems: from people who claim to believe in Jesus as God’s Son and yet fail to pay any attention to his commandments, to others who obsessively try to prove their faith (a contradiction in terms, really) to other “people of faith” who live lives characterized by worry, fear, and a lack of trust in God.
So, for the next few Mondays, I’d like to take a look at biblical faith. I don’t claim that this will be an exhaustive study on the subject, but I do hope to highlight some characteristics of biblical faith that are often overlooked in our culture today (and by Christians as well).