Acts + Letters Lesson 16 Day 2

Hebrews 11:1-16

Questions for Acts and Letters of the Apostles

Faith Examples from Old Testament

3. a. Faith, not works or behavior, justifies us in God’s sight.

Faith is—

  • substance and evidence (v. 1)—We can’t see television, mobile phone, and radio signals, but we can prove it with the proper receivers.
  • the assurance, confirmation (v. 1), “the title deed of the things we hope for (Hebrews 11:1 James Moulton and George Milligan, The Vocabulary of the Greek Testament.)
  • proof of things that exist in a realm that we can’t see or perceive with our five senses (AWLC)
  • pleases God (v. 6) and we cannot please Him without it.
  • believing that God is.
  • feeling certain in the face of uncertainty.
  • a shield to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. (Ephesians 6:16)

Many today think faith is—

  • a system of beliefs, not a way of life.
  • worthless hope.
  • narrow-minded.

b. True faith—

  • God loved the world so much he even sent his one and only Son so those who believe in Him can live forever. (John 3:16)
  • God based His promise to Abraham and his descendants on their right relationship with Him made possible through their faith in Him. (Romans 4:16-17, 23-24)

4. The OT men and women of renown succeeded because of their faith.

Their faith, faithfulness, patience, obedience, and perseverance encourage me to remain steadfast. They weren’t perfect, but they believed even though they didn’t see some promises fulfilled during their lives.

God trusted them despite the faults and miss-steps recorded in Genesis. It’s encouraging to know God calls us faithful when we continue to follow Him, and He doesn’t remind us of the times we failed along the way. When we do hear those reminders, they aren’t from God.

5. Their examples encourage me to press onward to fulfill my calling.

Don’t focus on my weaknesses, but focus on my calling and God’s promises, believing that He who began a good work in [me] will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)

Hebrews 11 doesn’t mention David, but his example comes to mind. Even as a youth, David didn’t let his age or lack of military training stop him, or that he was too weak and inexperienced to wear Saul’s armor.

He could have used his family’s rejection as an excuse, but he didn’t.

David maintained his passionate faith that the God of Israel would not stand for the arrogant behavior of an unrighteous Philistine terrorising Israel’s army. He defeated the enemy practically unarmed and unprotected because God was with him.

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