The sermon title this week is another rhetorical question, “Do I have faith?” This is intended as an inclusive “I” not just an opportunity for me to ramble on about myself in front of an audience. It is a good question to think about. It was triggered this week by the Lectionary’s epistle reading which is taken from Hebrews 11, frequently referred to as the “Faith Chapter.”
If we are going to ask ourselves if we have faith it is necessary for us to talk about bit about what faith is in the first place. As I mention in both sermons, faith is not “believing in something you know isn’t true.” Faith is a number of things including a gift from God in the first place. According to the author of Hebrews, “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1 NRSV) but what does that mean?
These two sermons are an attempt to answer the rhetorical question of the sermon title and also to try and give us a picture of what having faith means. I think this might be a week to consider listening to both sermons as there are some differences, as there frequently are.
Knox Presbyterian Do I have faith?
St. Mark’s Presbyterian Do I have faith?