Sermon: Faith in Naples

Faith in NaplesA few Sundays ago I had the privilege of preaching a sermon on faith at Naples United Church of Christ.  My text was Hebrews 11:1-3 and 8-16.

Scripture

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living (Hebrews 8:1, The Message).

Sermon Text

I have a confession to make: I am a neat freak.  In my world, everything has a place, and everything lives in the place I have assigned to it.  While I consider this to be among my best attributes, others are more likely to label it a challenging quirk.  Whatever you may call it, it ensures that I can easily find anything I want, and never need to worry about clutter.

I have a second confession to make: as improbable as it sounds, I lost something recently.  When I reached down to pick up my glasses from their assigned spot, I came up empty handed.  Somehow my perfect system failed me.  As a result, I journeyed through a week of life without glasses – until I purchased a new pair.

Since I can’t see as well as I once did at a distance, I squinted often and experienced considerable frustration.  I had to learn to trust that what I knew should be at a given place would be there. Over and over again, I was forced to consider what it means to live by faith rather than by sight.

While I am in no hurry  . . . (read the rest of the manuscript or watch the video)

So What?

In this message, I suggest that faith is action oriented and future directed. I also argue that it matters in a way that nothing else can.

  • How has your journey of faith confirmed each of those attributes?
  • Which is the greatest challenge for you right now?

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