Working from Ephesians 2, the sermon last Sunday begins the exploration what kind of faith it is that saves us. In today's modern world, people inside and outside the church hold the common view that faith is about "belief," and that the message of Christianity is that one must believe the right things in order to be reconciled to God or go to heaven.
There are a couple of reasons for this point of view, which I touch on in the sermon. But I question if our mental assent to a certain set of beliefs is really what a saving faith is about. After all, you can believe all the right things and still remain unchanged. You can believe all the right things and still be miserable. And, according to stories from the Gospels, even demons "believed" Jesus was the Son of God.
So, this is where we begin... trying to shift the focus on a saving faith from an intellectual and "propositional" type of faith to a more "relational" type of faith that's centered in the heart. Ultimately, our beliefs can be a matter of the heart as well as the head, (and we'll come back around to this notion later), but I think it is important to assert at the beginning that we should not limit our understanding of faith to simply assenting to correct doctrine.
Share your thoughts.