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Faith is a constantly recurring topic in the Bible, but no passage of scripture contains a more concentrated focus on faith that Hebrews ch 11. We will begin our study there:

He 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

This verse says that faith is a substance. That means it is some kind of ``stuff'', not just an abstract concept, or an idea. It is what something else is made of. What else? ``Things hoped for.''

This means in order for faith to exist, there must be something that is hoped for. In order for something to be hoped for, there must be hope.

This is a very key concept to our proper understanding of faith. Hope is a prerequisite for faith.

Robert J. Brown