Faith is found in worship
The concept of faith is a broad church, mentioned in the bible somewhere between 336 and 521 times, depending on what translation you have in your hands. I have faith ‘in’ Jesus. I believe in him. I believe in the holy trinitarian community of Love that is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. And the belief aspect of faith is something of a prerequisite according to Hebrews 11, and yet in the same chapter, we read about how faith is so much more than believing in God. According to the writer of Hebrews, faith is not just belief, but the very grace to believe, and the key that unlocks the reality of the Kingdom, in both the here and now, and for the not yet; the key to all of what Jesus inaugurated in his ministry, every Promise of the Father in his word and in the person of Holy Spirit, and the key for what Jesus taught us to pray, ‘on earth as it in heaven.’
And so we come to understand faith to be more than a noun, more than merely a belief in God or belief in a particular theology, but that it’s something more entirely. Faith comes alive when it is engaged, and becomes verbal, a practice within believers that allows the Kingdom of God to come, and for the church to keep going. Faith becomes a currency in the Kingdom (not that God is transactional, but rather, relational. Relationship with God is what we were made for. Faith is where it begins, communion is where it ends!) With this currency of faith, we barter with the world and all of our experiences, in exchange for trust, hope, and the miraculous. Every miracle, every sign and wonder of a good God, from a heart that is brave enough to repent and return home, to the stretched out arm of Moses that parted the sea, begins with faith.
So as the Hebrews author writes in chapter 11 and verse one, ‘Faith is the certainty of things hoped for, a proof of things not seen,’ but between friends, there are days where that certainty is easier to hold on to than others. Faith is hard. Building ‘that’ altar as Issac looked around for the lamb his father had told him would be there, would surely have been the hardest thing Abraham would ever have done. Carrying faith for the promises of God for forty years in a wilderness, as the rest of the Israelites grumbled and moaned and