By Faith

On Sunday morning, we will close our service with a great modern hymn of hope – ‘By faith.’
Sometimes it’s hard to capture exactly what “faith” means, isn’t it? We can be tempted at times to think that it’s little more than a hope and a prayer; a bit of wishful thinking in the face of adversity. The Devil longs for us to doubt the power and reality of faith – because it’s the very foundation of our personal experience of the saving grace of Jesus Christ. That’s why Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith…” (Ephesians 2:8).
In ‘By faith,’ the Gettys have beautifully captured what Hebrews 11 (the great Hall of Faith in the Bible) and other passages throughout the Bible that talk about faith mean for us today. We believe, by faith, that God created everything there is – including the lives of Christians, who “prove His faithfulness” by walking by faith and not by sight. Faith is confidence in the sure and certain promises of God that caused the whole of the Old Testament to lean forward with longing until hope became reality in the face of Jesus Christ. And because we know He lives – having conquered death and the grave, and having promised to remain with us through His Holy Spirit – we can have faith in His power to save and rescue the “captives” we know and love.
If you’ve struggled with the concept of “faith” before, hopefully the Getty’s song will help you understand it a little better. And if you’d like to think more about what “faith” is, I’d encourage you to listen again to Ray’s sermon on “believe” from the John 3:16 series.
By faith we see the hand of God
In the light of creation’s grand design
In the lives of those who prove His faithfulness
Who walk by faith and not by sight
By faith our fathers roamed the earth
With the power of His promise in their hearts
Of a holy city built by God’s own hand
A place where peace and justice reign
We will stand as children of the promise
We will fix our eyes on Him our soul’s reward
Till the race is finished and the work is done
We’ll walk by faith and not by sight
By faith the prophets saw a day
When the longed-for Messiah would appear
With the power to break the chains of sin and death
And rise triumphant from the grave
By faith the church was called to go
In the power of the Spirit to the lost
To deliver captives and to preach good news
In every corner of the earth
We will stand…
By faith this mountain shall be moved
And the power of the gospel shall prevail
For we know in Christ all things are possible
For all who call upon His name
We will stand…
Words and Music by Keith & Kristyn Getty and Stuart Townend