Scripture Passage: Hebrews 11:8-10
God taught Abraham three important lessons about faith. These are lessons we should embrace as well.
1. Faith is founded in facts. | Abraham teaches us that the object of our faith is important. He had faith in God and in His capacity to fulfill His promises.
• What promise of God is meaningful to you today?
2. Faith is revealed by response. | God’s command to Abraham was intentionally open-ended. God does not have to give us all the facts for us to trust Him. He calls us to obey inspIte of the circumstances. Many live restless lives because they don’t act on what God has told them.
• What keeps you from responding to God’s promises by faith?
3. Faith is strengthened by vision. | Abraham went out, anticipating what was to come — where God would lead him. Abraham teaches us that faith is an opportunity to experience the extraordinary.
• What do your responses to God’s promises tell a watching world about your faith in God?
Scripture Passage: Hebrews 11:5-6
The Law of Legacy: What I do today that will influence the beliefs and actions of future generations, for good or evil.
We all leave a legacy. The question is what things will you do now to pass a Godly legacy onto the next generation.
Three Principles of Legacy
1. My legacy and my view of God are deeply connected.
My realization that I’ll leave a legacy should cause me to look closely at my belief system.
2. My walk with God is my greatest legacy.
Everyday life is when your walk with God is modeled for others.
3. My legacy will outlive me.
We are the product of the legacy of others, and we have the power to bless our children and future generations with the grace of God through the power of our blessings.
• What heritage have you received? Are there some aspects of it that you would like to set aside and replace? (The grace of God gives you the freedom to do that!)
• What heritage are you leaving? How are your faith and values shaping the heritage you are passing along? Every household is stating something about God
Noah is one of the best known biblical characters. His life teaches us how faith in God should lead to walking with God. Faith defined is believing that God will do what He says He will do. Noah’s example illustrates what faith looks like.
1. Noah’s faith led to righteousness.
2. Noah’s faith led to obedience.
3. Noah’s faith led him to worship.
Ultimately faith and obedience leads us to worship God, because He has shown himself as faithful to us.
Discuss the following questions around your table today.
• What does it mean to walk with God?
• Do you believe that God will do what he says he is going to do? Why or why not?
• What does obedience look like for you in your life?
• How has God grown your faith over the last year?
Scripture Passage: Hebrews 11:4 | By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was approved as a righteous man, because God approved his gifts, and even though he is dead, he still speaks through his faith.
Everyone has faith but how we approach God demonstrates if we are placing our faith in religion or placing our faith in Jesus. There are significant contrasts in placing our faith in God and placing our faith in religion.
1. Our awareness of the problem.
Abel knew that he was in desperate need for God’s forgiveness and grace. He also knew that he could not earn God’s forgiveness through religious efforts. However, Cain didn’t recognize his desperate need for God’s forgiveness and put his faith in his own efforts.
2. Our perception of people.
Cain compared himself with his brother in hopes of gaining God’s approval. Abel acknowledged that he could not measure up to God’s standards and relied on God’s grace to forgive him and make him acceptable to God.
3. Our method of payment.
We either attempt to pay for our sins by religious efforts or rest in God’s forgiveness through the sacrifice of Jesus.
Prayer and discussion points.
1. Ask God to show you how you are trying to gain his forgiveness and acceptance by your own efforts.
2. Ask God to help you accept that you are forgiven and acceptable because of the sacrifice of Jesus.
3. Thank God for His great love and sacrifice for your freedom!
In the book of Hebrews chapter 11 we find what is often referred to as the Hall of Faith. There are many structures across the world that honor the legacy of men and women in sports, music and the like, and those physical locations give honor to many incredibly gifted people but today’s message was focused on an even more important group, those who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Faith is an action, faith is a certainty, it is a reality, it is the conviction of our hope, it is believing who God really is. How do you please God? FAITH, It takes faith to please God. Rooted in our God is the faith we need to trust Him. Yes, that is right, if you lack faith, ask Him and hH will provide. Have you placed your faith in Him and see nothing happening? Fear not, He sees and hears your faith in Him. Your faith is pleasing to Him and He is working out His will for your life.
With faith comes a reward! Wow, how can you receive a reward if not for a rewarder? The rewarder offers us an incredible reward, HIM. Isn’t that so encouraging, our reward is God and a relationship with His son Jesus Christ. As believers we must not shrink back in fear, no we run to God, the author and finisher of our faith.