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Steve Zeisler - January 4, 2015

The Eyes of Faith

Regarding the course of human history, close attention to contemporary ‘expert’ opinion can lead to three different conclusions: a) history is cyclical and nothing important ever changes b) we are on a path leading to destruction and nothing can be done about it c) human genius is on the verge of setting the world right. Those who believe in Jesus need not depend on contradictory contemporary opinions. In this message we will consider Hebrews 11:1 and use it as a gateway to a series on the life of faith.

Scripture References: Hebrews 11:1

From Series: "Immortal. Invisible."

We focus on the world we can see, hear, and touch; and are often warned, with good reason, against excessive attention to virtual experience and worldly fantasies. However, flights of imagination and the things of the material world are not the totality of existence; indeed neither is of first importance. By faith we grasp truth that is not tangible, apprehend reality we can’t measure, take hold of experience that has not yet occurred. Hebrews 11:1 states succinctly: Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. There are two categories in view here: a) history that is certain but not yet accomplished (what is hoped for) and b) profound realities everywhere around us that we cannot measure with our senses (things not seen). In this sermon series we will begin a new year, not with resolutions about diets, budgets and exercise. Rather, we aim to grow in grace - giving attention to realities that beckon us from the future and form us in the present while remaining unseen.

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