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Episode Info: Welcome to the Faith Revolution Podcast with Kirk and Jenn Walden. It’s great to have you with us. In this episode, we are considering the seemingly simple task of asking the question… What is faith? We challenged ourselves with some new and simple perspectives on faith during this morning coffee discussion.Getting StartedAs we entered this discussion, Jenn and I considered the following. . .How is faith defined by most Christians?How have we personally defined faith and how would we express the concept to others?In considering the meaning of Emmanuel (God is with us), how do both the name and life of Jesus form the foundation of faith for every Christian?What is the “Good News” and how should that understanding influence our interactions with those who do not consider themselves Christ followers?Individual and Group ReflectionHow would you have defined faith prior to this podcast? Did you find the term easy or difficult to explain to yourself and others?As you reflect on personal experiences, how have you embraced or struggled with the concept that “God is with you” and “God is for you”?How were your own views of the “Good News” supported or challenged by this podcast?What are your own takeaways?Click here for Bible Reference Hebrews 11 .Episode TranscriptHOW DO WE DEFINE FAITH?KIRK – When faith comes from my direction, I automatically go to the Bible, specifically Hebrews Chapter 11. The first thing I want to say is, “Well, it’s right there. Hebrews 11:1 says, “now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” But when we go there, I want to ask about the why. How do we get to that kind of faith? What’s the why that helps us understand the sentence? And, Jenn, you were talking about Jesus a few days ago, and who He is and the importance of His name. And this kind of lit something up in me, so I want you to share a little bit of that.JENN – Well, for me, it’s been a weird journey because I think faith has become somewhat of a religious word, and sometimes I’ve had to stop myself and think, “What does it actually mean?” In real application, in real life, what does the word faith mean, and how would I even be able to explain what faith is? So for me, faith has become a churchy word, and I’m left to question in a real world with real hurt and real need, how do I make faith accessible to people? One of the things that really hit me is that the center point of my faith is Jesus Christ. For me, that is what faith is all about. And then I began thinking, “Okay, the name of Jesus, what’s so special about that name? You know God will move mountains for that name?” So I was motivated to dig a bit deeper about the name of Jesus. There are many things said about the name of Jesus in both the Old and New Testament, but then it really hit me, “Oh wow, His name means, ‘God is with us’.”KIRK – Emmanuel, God is with us. He’s on our side. Before I can start to hav...
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