What is faith?
What is faith?
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
信就是所望之事的實底，是未見之事的確據。 2 古人在這信上得了美好的證據。 3 我們因著信，就知道諸世界是藉神話造成的；這樣，所看見的並不是從顯然之物造出來的。4 亞伯因著信獻祭於神，比該隱所獻的更美，因此便得了稱義的見證，就是神指他禮物作的見證。他雖然死了，卻因這信仍舊說話。 5 以諾因著信被接去，不至於見死，人也找不著他，因為神已經把他接去了；只是他被接去以先，已經得了神喜悅他的明證。 6 人非有信就不能得神的喜悅，因為到神面前來的人必須信有神，且信他賞賜那尋求他的人。
A. Personal story about ancestry worship while growing up in NYC
B. This was my introduction to spirituality
C. How is that spiritual experience different from faith as a Christian?
D. We will study Hebrews 11:1-6
A. Common eastern understandings of faith
1. Spiritual rituals to ensure a better life on earth
a. Like ancestry worship
b. Common in Christianity too, going to church on Easter and Christmas
c. It doesnŐt really effect your life, how you live, or what you do
2. Spiritual exercises and purifying meditation
a. Falun Gong
b. Blend of Taoism, Buddhism, qigong
c. No personal God
B. Faith in Hebrews 11:1-6
1. The passage describes faith, and gives examples of faithful people from the Old Testament.
2. Faith Described in Hebrews 11:1
a. Confidence in an unseen world
b. Hope in that unseen world
3. Faith Described in Hebrews 11:6
a. The existence of a personal God
b. The understanding that we need to follow/seek God
á A desire to know, seek and follow this personal God