A STUDY OF HEBREWS 11:1-6 Rolan Monje, BD, DMin Mexico City, October 2011 Quick Facts about Hebrews Setting
Author Recipients Form Things to watch out for in The Book of Hebrews Warnings
Comparisons (Better) Exhortations (Let us) Old Testament Quotations There were various temptations to Drift from God (Chapter 2)
Be caught up in sin (Chapter 3) Forget about Jesus (Chapter 4) Forget about what they had learned (Chapter 6) Go back to their old lives (Chapter 8) Return to Judaistic tradition (Chapter 9) Give in to pressure and persecution
(Chapter 10) Losing faith Result of losing faith Jesus becomes less than he really is
This is why the writer had to do so much to build up faith in Jesus God was concerned!
God was concerned about them losing their faith God used the author of Hebrews to show them, that despite their confusion and sin, they could and should KEEP THE FAITH.
Hebrews 11 They were losing the most important thing FAITH.
In this letter, the main concern is losing faith (and with that, losing heart) Note Hebrews 3 some already had a heart of unbelief (3:11-12) Hebrews 11 is the famous Hall of Faith of the book of Hebrews. In just the first few verses, the writer
explains what FAITH does for us. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at Gods command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. Heb 11:1-3
By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead. By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Heb 11:4-6 The first few verses of Hebrews 11 show us three things that FAITH does for us.
(Its why we should KEEP THE FAITH!) Focus on Heb 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things
hoped for..." (NKJV). Being sure (NIV) The Greek word translated "substance" is hupostasis. Literally, it means "to stand under", i.e., to be a foundation. Faith is like a foundation. 1 Faith keeps you
standing strong The Hebrews were being shaky in their convictions, unsure of what to do Faith is our substance to stand on
Theres one thing that God expects us to do, to stand! To remain standing! How? Through faith! In the Christian life, the only way we can
keep standing is by FAITH. Leaning tower of Pisa problems with the foundation? Moving forward from the past
Jesus is superior to Moses The New Covenant is superior to the Old The New Life is superior to the Old
My Family Album Vietnam 2 Faith helps you see beyond now Heb 1:1b NIV certain of what we do not
see. [Grk: elegchos=proof/conviction] UMT: certainty of the unseen. Faith allows us to see beyond what other people can
3 Faith gains favor from God When we look at those commended in the Bible
The first two names in the HOF: From the Book of Genesis Abel just 3 verses about him Enoch just 6 verses about him
Heb 11:6 without faith it is impossible to please God God commends FAITH! Pakistan Churches of Christ Closing challenges
1. 2. 3. Be concerned about faithlessness. Follow Him on faithbook. Start doing faithful things. (things that require you to trust the unseen)
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We encourage you to study the Bible with the friend who brought you here Find out the faith talked about in the Bible The Big picture is that God loves us and deeply cares
for us, so he wants us to KEEP OUR FAITH and not let go! What does faith do? 1 Faith keeps you standing strong 2 Faith helps you see beyond now
3 Faith gains favor from God Rolan Monje, BD, DMin Mexico City, October 2011
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