What does a group of escaping slaves, a conquering army, and a prostitute have in common? According to Hebrews, faith. Not only faith, but faith that allowed them to experience the deliverance God had prepared for them. This week we look at these three episodes and the distinct qualities of the faith on display, praying to have our faith in God’s promised deliverance, in all its dimensions, strengthened.
Hebrews 11:23-29. Moses found his faith living in the hostile land of Egypt, and his faith led him to make some remarkable choices. While we don’t worry about Pharaohs and crocodiles in the Nile, we have a lot to learn from Moses and his faith-based calculations regarding what is truly valuable.
From 1 Corinthians 1:10-25. “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Heb. 11:6). Surely this statement is true, but it also prompts more questions about faith. What is the nature of faith? What are the essentials of Christian faith? How can our faith unite us? How might it divide us?
Genesis 50:15-21. Most people don’t like adversity. We usually prefer ease and tranquility. We all know it is not realistic to expect this all the time, so it’s important to ask questions about how to deal with adversity. If there was ever an expert on living with adversity, it was Joseph. Let’s learn from him this week.
Hebrews 11:1-2, 20-22. This week’s message explores the life of Jacob – the self-reliant deceiver who eventually becomes the namesake of God’s family of faith. Join us as we explore how God worked blessing into Jacob’s life in the midst of his sin and shaped him into a person who depended on Him amidst the struggles of his life.
Each time a Christian looks at the Scripture, he or she is encountering Jesus. No matter what the passage, the larger narrative of the Bible is always about the Word. Sometimes Christ is hidden deeply within the story, but he is always there. Come encounter the story within the story as we look at the life of Isaac.
Hebrews 11:8-19. Faith doesn’t come to us all at once, it is a growth process. Let’s look at the stages of faith in the life of Abraham.
What does it mean to walk in the faith-steps of Noah? Noah believed God and acted accordingly. What does this look like today?
“He walked with God and then he was no more because God took him.” This summary of the life of Enoch is the ultimate description of walking with God by faith. Enoch had such a deep relationship with God that the Lord decided to walk him right on to his eternal reward without ever experiencing death. Wow! Let’s think about that.
This begins a new series on Hebrews 11, a passage that describes those who have walked by faith. Some of the characters are not the people we might have picked as the best examples of Christian faith. However, the author of Hebrews picked them for a reason. Why these folks, and what can we learn from them?