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Houlton United Methodist Church

Faith: in Hope, Against Hope

“Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness" (Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:3). This single verse is the gospel in a nutshell. In fact, if we can understand this verse, we understand the gospel. In this one verse we see the essence of what it means to be a Christian. But what does it mean to “believe God”? In Romans 4 Paul presents Abraham as a case study of real, living, saving faith for us to follow. Today’s scripture tells us what it means to have saving faith.