After making this point, this week's sermon ends with a brief reconsideration of beliefs as a part of our faith. Without certain beliefs, we simply cannot make the claim that our faith is Christian. There are many variations on Christian beliefs, but there must be at least three - the affirmation of the reality of God, the affirmation of the centrality of Jesus Christ, the affirmation of the centrality of the Holy Bible.
Finally, we had the opportunity to learn that the word belief had a different connotation before the modern age, which was ushered in during the so-called Enlightenment. Before the 17th century, the object of one's belief was another person, not a statement or a proposition. To believe was to "belove." Belief is "what we hold dear," or "what we prize most." To believe is to love.
One can find the whole sermon by clicking on the link above. Share some of you insights and thoughts about the meaning and power of faith in your experience and how your beliefs are related to your faith.
Just a reminder - this is the last online sermon chat entry for the summer. I'll announce if and when the chat restarts in the fall. Thanks again for following along and sharing your thoughts and experiences. It has genuinely deepened my faith!