Faith…“been there, done that” over the course of my time in church. Sung about it in worship, talked about in Sunday School, confessed not having enough of it, and more recently in my life…preached a few sermons about it. But a few years ago while in seminary, I was confronted with the New Testament reality of faith…and it hit hard!
One of my professors shared that the ancient Greek word (the language the New Testament was originally written in) most often used in the New Testament that is translated “faith” is “πιστεύω” (pistauo…with long “a”, “u” and “o” sounds on the end). At the heart of this Greek word’s meaning is this: a committed trust, so as to trust something one’s life.
To trust with one’s life…That’s very different from the warm fuzzy faith that we sometimes talk or sing about within the walls of the church building. Do you really trust in Jesus Christ with your very life? It’s a valid question. Answering “yes” is a whole lot easier said than done. When it comes to “πιστεύω” faith…actions speak louder than words.
That’s especially true when faced with scary things in life. And let’s face it; there are some very real things in this life that can be very fearsome: pain, isolation, rejection, losing one’s job, financial problems, addiction, failure, violence, serious illness, death, and more. But here’s the thing, faith…real “πιστεύω” faith…is possible even in the face of fear. And that’s the case because as the disciples found out one stormy night on the Sea of Galilee, the Jesus they knew was in the boat with them cares and can! Click here to listen to more (July 17 sermon).
In the risen Jesus Christ…Emmanuel God is with us! And even though there are real and fearsome things in this life…they need not terrify you! They need not paralyze you! They need not own you. Do not be afraid!
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