We, by faith, are enabled to look forward, seeing all things in time and eternity according to God's glorious purposes.
Scripture: Hebrews 11:8-22
- Abraham is a model for us in the life of faith, facing seemingly insurmountable hurdles.
- Like Abraham, we may be uncertain about the future, discouraged, and intimidated.
- Faith is not simply intellectual assent to certain propositions about God. It is a life of trust in God.
- Faith, not reason, assures us of the forgiveness of our sin in Christ.
- A true Christian is a miracle of God’s grace, which cannot be accounted for by reason.
- Faith is a gift of God’s grace (Ephesians 2:8).
- We, by faith, are enabled to look forward, seeing all things in time and eternity according to God’s glorious purposes.
- Our words cannot shape or define reality; God’s Word creates and governs and overrules in all things.
- True faith is always Christ-centered; Christ is the culmination of all God’s purposes.
- Faith is to live consistently with the fact that God is who He says He is, that His Word is true, and that His promises are sure.
- We have faith not in faith, but in God; it is the character of God Himself that we place our confidence in. We trust in God, His Word and His work.
- Biblical faith is not ‘name it and claim it.’ It is not instant fulfillment and gratification.
- Abraham did not possess the promises within his lifetime.
- The apostles set out to preach the kingdom and reign of God, but did not see the complete fulfillment of it.
- Today we are still in a time of hope and active waiting, as the reign of Christ is being extended (Romans 8:19-25).
- We are numbered among those who inherit the promise of faith, awaiting the fulfillment of the promises to Abraham.
- We are in a walk of faith that requires obedience and patient endurance.
- Abraham’s faith led to glory going to God, emphasizing His faithfulness.
- Faith is built by turning our minds to God, and living by His power.
- Our faith is tested in the confidence that the knowledge of God will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14).
- Faith is manifest in obedience and sacrifice. If we are willing to face similar trials, we will carry the crown of Abraham.
- God has provided a lamb, and by Christ we shall triumph.
- The obedience of faith is our sacrifice and our victory.
- What are the characteristics of Abraham’s faith?
- Why are obedience and faithful endurance essential to the Christian’s life of faith?
- How does true faith differ from mere knowledge?
- How does biblical faith respond to delayed fulfillment?
- What should be the goal of our faith in God?
- How is our obedience evident in the face of trials?
- How much are we willing to sacrifice for the sake of the kingdom?
- What is basis of the triumph of faith? (Rev. 12:10-11)
- How can we grow in our faith this week?