What Is Faith? [Insert Your Answer Here]

What is faith?

We Christians talk a lot about it, especially as it concerns our salvation. Truth be told, we like to leave it there at the point of conversion, confined in the Salvation Box we’ve created for it.

And yet we’re called to walk by it, to live “from faith to faith”, and to ensure our faith is evident to all.

But it would seem to me to be difficult at best, impossible at worst, to engage something we can’t define. I would suggest one reason we Christian don’t walk by faith all that well is that we don’t know what faith is. That’s not the only reason, of course, but it is a foundational one.

We could just quote Hebrews 11, as if that answered it:

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Yet my experience in Christianity leads me to conclude that a lot of us quote Scripture as if that settled something — when we really don’t have a clue what we just said.

Faith is something I’ve thought about quite a bit over the last few years of our own journey. It’s the topic of the manuscript I’m working on now, in fact. So I have given the question a bit of attention.

 How I Define Faith

For what it’s worth, here is my answer to the question of  “what is faith?”:

Faith is doing what you believe to be true, often in spite of what you may see, sense, or feel.

I would repeat it to give you time to think about it, but we’re working with text here — so just reread it yourself.

And then I’d truly like to know your thoughts about it. Does this definition capture what faith is? What would you add or subtract? Is there another definition you’ve found that betetr captures what the Bible says faith must be?

I’d welcome your input with a comment below.

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About Bill Blankschaen

Bill Blankschaen is a writer, author, and speaker who empowers people to live an authentic life with abundant faith. A former pastor, Christian school leader, and master teacher, he is the founder of FaithWalkers (Faithwalkers.com) where he equips Christians to live an authentic life and a blogger on church and cultural issues at Patheos. An experienced collaborative writer and content strategist, he is the author of several books including What God Wants You to Do Next, The Secret to Explosive Personal Growth, and multiple collaborative traditional books. His writing has been featured with Michael Hyatt, Ron Edmondson, Skip Prichard, Jeff Goins, Blueprint for Life, Catalyst Leaders, and many others who shall remain nameless. Bill is a blessed husband and the father of six children with an extensive background in education, business, and organizational leadership. He serves as the Junior Scholar of Cultural Theology and Director of Development for the Center for Cultural Leadership. He works with a variety of ministries including Equip Leadership (founded by John C. Maxwell) when he's not visiting his second home -- Walt Disney World.


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