This week in chapel, Dr. Max Botner kicked off the fall chapel semester theme “An Appropriate Example: A Call to Action” with Hebrews 11:1, which states “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Two key points in faith are highlighted throughout the sermon. First, our hope as Christians is nothing other than the resurrection, and secondly, our faith is seen in the way we pursue or model the life of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Botner asks the question, “What do we do when the power of sin becomes so strong that it blinds us?” Real active faith that does not shrink back is the answer. All believers are to persevere in the faith, and it is key to acknowledge that all human faith is in response to the great faithfulness of God. Jesus inherits indestructible life through the resurrection, and he lives now on our behalf.

Listen to the full sermon below.


Dr. Max Botner, assistant professor of New Testament at GRTS, recently joined the seminary faculty. Dr. Botner holds a master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a doctorate from the University of St. Andrews. He has worked as a postdoctoral researcher, lecturer and author. In addition, he worked closely to Professor N. T. Wright as a research assistant.

Outside the classroom, Dr. Botner enjoys sharing life with his wife and three children, reading and watching basketball.