Allan Bartlam | Hebrews 11:1-16
A step in the dark? Blind faith? Neither, says Allan: genuine faith means putting into practice a belief based on rational foundations. There are reasons to believe that God created the universe, that some things we can't see are real and that God's promises can be trusted. It's because people like Abraham chose to believe God in the past that there is a community of faith all over the world today. How can we grow in our faith and act on it?
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Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for... By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going... And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.