A better definition of faith is that of "trust" and "vision," (or our way of seeing reality).
Trust: Faith is a radical trust in God as our rock and fortress. Or, to use a metaphor from Soren Kierkegaard, faith is trusting in the "buoyancy" of God's grace. Our fear of drowning in the sea of life causes us to thrash about and struggle. Faith is learning to relax and trust in the buoyancy of God, in whom we live and move and have our being.
The opposite of this kind of faith is anxiety or worry. So I talk in my sermon about how much worry is in our life and how it can be an indicator of our lack of faith.
Vision: Faith is the spectacles through which we look at reality. Do we see a threatening universe, unfriendly to us and our survival? Is our overall perspective that there is so much out there working to thwart our happiness and fulfillment? Or perhaps we see reality as indifferent and apathetic to our human interests and needs, so our response is to build up whatever security we can make in an indifferent universe.
But Christian faith sees reality as gracious and sustaining and life-affirming. God is good and generous and gracious. To to really see the world through this lens of faith leads to trust and freedom and joy and peace. To "see" this way, to know this kind of faith, is transformative.
Take a look at the sermon and share your thoughts, wisdom, questions, experience and insights!