Hebrews Chapter 11
The Old Testament heroes provided examples of faith and obedience to God. Acronym for “FAITH”
Faith is more than a belief in God. It is also a way of life. Heroes of faith, although imperfect trusted God and gave their lives to Him.
Faith is the belief that God is real and that God is good. It is a choice to believe that the One who made it all hasn’t left it all and that He still sends light into the shadows and responds to gestures of faith.
Faith is the belief that God will do what is right. Faith rejoices without seeing or understanding what God is doing.
God’s help is near and always available, but we must seek it – nothing results from apathy…
The term “faith” is used more than 24 times in this chapter – focuses on the idea of faithfulness – active obedience rather than trust. Encouraging faithfulness in the Christian life & follow the example of the OT heroes and heroines
Faith is the foundation of the Christian life and the means by which all unseen thins are tested. “Faith” is the nominal form of the verb “to believe.” Faith therefore means trust or confidence in what God has promised, resulting in a life of faithfulness and perseverance.
Our lives inspire other people to trust God or to distrust Him. God sometimes allows His children to get into places of testing and trials that can be very frightening.
God often chooses men/women who lack confidence in their own abilities to do His work because He is made strong in our weakness.
We don’t want to limit the work of God in our lives through unbelief. When we realize how mighty God is, our problems are put in perspective.
Our journey is not a sprint but a marathon. We must pace ourselves & endure to the end.
Through our faith in Jesus Christ we are able to approach God through His Son Jesus Christ leading to a much better relationship than the members of the Hall of Faith.
Faith is a living thing. It is our lifestyle. It is our commitment to walk in the footsteps of Christ not knowing what lies ahead, but knowing that He is with us, therefore we can take the next step. Our walk with Christ at times takes us through dark places where it seems as if the sun will never shine again, and we may well feel abandoned. Faith calls us to live above what we feel to what we know to be true. Christ staked His life on it so we can walk as those before us and blaze a trail for those who come behind.