Freedom Found In Faith
“Faith encompasses a self-understanding and attitude governing one’s entire existence, just as faith is associated with repentance and is understood as an act of obedience.” It travels beyond a mere belief system of certain facts concerning Christ. It paints the trajectory of individual Christian ontology. “And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour” (Matthew 9:20-22.)
The woman in the passages above found freedom through her faith in the power of Christ. Faith is essential in the Christian way of life. Without faith, a meaningful relationship with Christ cannot exist. Although the pure concept of faith is simple, it has multiple layers and complexities, with faith existing and being more than just a formation of belief. The form of faith required by God governs the entire existence of individual personhood. Faith encompasses proper thinking and righteous actions. Faith is the element that promotes and upholds Christian praxis and the vocation obedient motions in Christ.
As discussed through our recent sermons, it is imperative that one refrain from a compartmentalized approach to Christianity. Through the divinity of God, the Christian faith received its Genesis through Jewish customs, language, and thinking. Religious Jewish culture reveals a holistic way of thinking and embracing concepts. Thus faith incorporates thinking and action. Through Western intellect and professorial tenets, thinking can be separated from action as an appropriate was of existing. However, with God, this is a flawed way of processing.