Faith and A Journey of Faith
Important questions to start us off
- Do we want God working in our lives and allow him to be in control?
- What does it mean to "walk by faith"?
Description of Faith (Heb 11:1-3)
The writer of Hebrews gives us a unique insight into the type of faith God wants us to have. From Heb 11:1-3, we see:
- A faith that is confident & convinced if the spiritual realities
- A faith that the OT saints were commended for
- A faith that helps us understand our physical material universe
J. Oswald Sanders also described it as follows -- "Faith enables the believing soul to treat the future as present and the invisible as seen".
We live in the secular world that says that God is limited and that people believe that they are gods and can live without him. Heb 11 reminds us that God has revealed himself through his word.
- Faith doesn't mean we put aside all reasoning. Rather, faith is having the conviction and confidence in God.
- "Faith is confident obedience to God's Word in spite of circumstances and consequences" (Warren Weirsbe)
Demonstrations of Faith (Heb 11:4-19)
1. Abel: a faith that results in obedience (v.4)
2. Enoch: a faith that trusts God will reward a righteous life (v.6)
- Enoch was one of the few taken directly to heaven and didn't have to die. He lived in a time that was wicked, but yet he lived a faithful life and God rewarded him.
3. Noah: a faith that reverences God and acts upon what God says (v.7)
- Noah had a faith that believed God and did not think that God's warning about the flood was impossible. Noah obeyed God despite the ridicule that he faced from the people.
4. Abraham: a faith that lives with the unknown (v.8-16)
- Abraham did not know WHERE. God did not give Abraham a location to where He was leading Abraham. But yet Abraham went.
- Abraham did not know where he was going or how things (such as Sarah getting pregnant) was going to happen, but he believed in God. Abraham did not know when these things will happen, but he trusted in God's promises, because He knew God's faithful character.
- Abraham was told to sacrifice Isaac, and he did, though he did not understand why.
Are You Ready?
- Faith in God is more relational and less cerebral. It is personal-oriented and flexible. John 17:3 reminds us that our faith is anchored in a person, and eternal life is knowing Jesus.
- We need to have a faith that motivates us to seek God and that spurs us to help and heal rather than hurt one another. As we continue to read His Word together, let us confess our sins, trusting in the promise of 1 John 1:9. Let us live as the prophet Micah exhorted God's people in Micah 6:8.
The journey of faith continues on, let us see it through to the end, and grow in faith together.