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The Nature of Faith

1 Peter 1:3-9; Hebrews 11:1,6, NRSV


Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.
— St. Augustine (354-430) in
Patches of Godlight

  • The Nature of Faith
  • Faith involves thinking
  • Life is unstable, cannot use bible in a superstitious way
  • Where is faith placed?
  • Historical Faith:
    • Understanding – to conclude from evidence
    • Belief – conviction
    • Commitment – trust, growing confidence
  • How faith brings stability to your life?
  • Faith is not a talent, it is a necessary human condition
  • You don’t lose faith, you place it in difference places
  • It is not the strength of your faith that matters, it is the object of your faith that matters

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