By Faith – A sermon on Hebrews 11

This past Sunday, I preached on Hebrews 11, looking at what it means to live by faith. 4 key thoughts:

  • Faith has an object
    •  Key question: In what do we place our faith?
    • “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” (Heb 12:2)
    • Faith is to be centered on God and on his Son, Jesus Christ.
  • Faith has a foundation
    • Key question: What assurance can our faith have?
    • “How long will they refuse to believe in me in spite of the miraculous signs I have performed for them?” (Num 14:11).
    • When we read and hear how God has been faithful to his people in the past, we can be assured that he will act on our behalf as well.
  • Faith has a desired outcome
    • Key question: What are we hoping for?
    • “And without faith it is impossible to please him [God] for whoever would draw near to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Heb 11:6).
    • Hebrews 11 talks about Abraham, Joseph, Moses and more awaiting a reward or promise yet to come. Likewise, our faith anticipates the rewards God has for us.
    • Faith is, primarily, a future-looking thing. Faith is rooted in what God has already done, and looks forward to what he is yet to do.
  • Faith has a response
    • Key question: How does faith play itself out in life?
    • Here are just some of the acts of obedience outlined in Hebrews 11:
      • Noah built an ark in an area where it didn’t rain
      • Abraham left everything not knowing where God was sending him
      • The Israelites crossed the Red Sea on dry land
      • Instead of drawing up battle plans, the Israelites had a parade around Jericho
    • Why did each of them do these things? Because God told them to!
    • Faith in God results in radical obedience to God and to his commands.
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