A Biblical Faith
Heb 11:1-3, 6-8, 17-26
"Faith is daring the soul to go father than it can see." - Unknown
1. Biblical Faith Is . . Provable Faith. 11:1-3
A. Provable In The . . Testimony. 11:1-2
11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
B. Provable In The Created . . Things. 11:3
3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by
the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
A man was lost in the desert and was near death for lack of water. Soon he came across a pump with a canteen hung on the handle and a note. The note read as follows: "Below you is all the fresh water you could ever need, and the canteen contains exactly enough water to prime the pump."
It takes GREAT FAITH to pour out the whole contents of the canteen for a promise of unlimited water.
What would you do?
2. Biblical Faith Is A . . Pleasing Faith. 11:6-8
A. Pleasing Faith Is A . . Rewarded Faith. 11:6
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
B. Pleasing Faith Is A . . Righteous Faith. 11:7
7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet
seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
C. Pleasing Faith Is A . . Receiving Faith. 11:8
8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go
out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
Mr. Wesley was once engaged in a very important conference with some of his leading associates. The subject of discussion was faith. No one was able to furnish a definition satisfactory to himself or to anyone present. In the midst of their perplexity, Mr. Wesley said, "Lets call in Mrs. ," naming an individual of strong good sense and of very deep piety. "She," continued Mr. Wesley, "can tell us just what faith is because she has consciously exercised it." When asked to tell what faith is, her reply was this, "It is taking God at His word." "That will do," exclaimed Mr. Wesley. And that will do for us all.
William Moses Tidwell, "Pointed Illustrations."
3. Biblical Faith Is A . . Persistent Faith. 11:13-16
A. The . . Confession of A Persistent Faith. 11:13
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
B. The . . Concentration of A Persistent Faith. 11:14-16a
14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had
called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country.
C. The . . City of A Persistent Faith. 11:16b
Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
Olympic gold medalist Darrel Pace was to give an archery exhibition in New York City's Central Park, and the event received coverage by all the news stations. Shooting steel- tipped hunting arrows, Pace punctured bull's-eyes without a miss. Then he called for a volunteer. "All you have to do," said Pace, "Is hold this apple in your hand, waist-high." ABC correspondent Josh Howell took a bold step forward. He stood there, a small apple in his hand, a larger one in his throat. Pace took aim from 30 yards away as we all held our breath. Then THWACK-a clean hit that exploded the apple before striking the target behind. Everybody applauded Howell, who was all smiles--until his cameraman approached with a hangdog look. "I'm sorry, Josh," he said. "I didn't get it. Had a problem with my viewfinder. Could you do it again?" Bob Teague, Live and Off-Color: News Biz
4. Biblical Faith Is A . . Patriarchal. Heb 11:17-22
A. Begins With The Patriarch . . Abraham. 11:17-19
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 of whom it was said, "In Isaac your seed shall be called," 19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
B. Continues With The Patriarch . . Isaac. 11:20
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
C. Continues With The Patriarch . . Jacob. 11:21
21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.
D. Continues With The Patriarch . . Joseph. 11:22
22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention
of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.
1. Joseph showed his faith in God's promise to Abraham by requesting that his bones be buried in the land of promise. See Gen 50:24-25.
Illustration Faith, Claiming God's Promises: Story
The story is told of an aged silver miner who spent all his life searching for silver in the mountains of the Old West. He had become so obsessed with his search that his wife and children had left him. When he died the handful of people who came to bury him found in his possessions a note instructing them to bury him under his cabin. As the earth was overturned a lustrous gray material began to appear. It became known as the largest silver vein in California history. The miner had been a millionaire all his life, but he had never been able to claim his wealth.
The Bible says that we are spiritual billionaires because of Christ' death. Claim the gift of God today! - J. Dillow
5. Biblical Faith Is A . . Parental Faith. Heb 11:23-26
A. Parental Faith Is A . . Defying Faith. 11:23
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three
months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king's command.
B. Parental Faith Is A . . Decided Faith. 11:24-25
24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be
called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,
C. Parental Faith Is A . . Determined Faith. 11:26
26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than
the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. NKJV
1. 11:26 the reproach of Christ. Reproach because Moses hoped (however dimly) for the coming Messiah. Or this may mean the reproach any anointed envoy or messiah (in this case Moses himself) suffers in a hostile world. RYRIE
A Woman in the West Indies, after dropping her own little gift into a missionary collection, put a small coin into the hand of her baby, and guiding it to the contribution box, there let the little one drop it in. Some delay was caused by this, at which the collector became impatient, when the mother said: "Have patience, brother; I want just to bring the little thing up to it."
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