Hebrews studies series

 

Hebrews 11:1-7

BY FAITH

STUDY #21 in Hebrews – A complete lesson                                                                                    

 

·        Many of the simplest things that we do, like sitting on a chair, require faith.  What are some other things that we do regularly that require faith?

·        What exactly is faith to you?

·        Why is faith the only way to please God?

·        Why is faith the only way to Heaven?

·        What behavior indicates that a person has faith?

 

Hebrews 11 has been called “Faith’s Hall of Fame”.  In this chapter the author of Hebrews shares the stories of many Old Testament saints who had faith.  It is certainly a place in the Bible where we find “Heroes of Faith”.  In verses 1-7 we find some basic lessons about faith.

FAITH’S PARTICULAR’S – Vss. 1-2

 

ë    Is faith just believing that something is going to happen without any proof? 

ë    With or without religion, what is most faith based on?

ë    On what is a Christian’s faith based? Romans 10:17

ë    Faith is the “substance” or “foundation” of what we are hoping for. What are people like who do not have a foundation of Biblical faith?

ë    Without faith we would have no real hope.  What are people like who have no hope?

ë    The word “evidence” means “conviction”.  We are convicted that things we can not see are true or will take place.  What are you convicted is true, although you can’t see it yet?

ë    Vs. 2 means that the elders obtained approval, or a good testimony.  Who approves when men have faith?  Why should this motivate us?

 

FAITH’S PERCEPTION – Vs. 3

 

F   Why does believing in creation require faith?

F   Why does believing in evolution require faith (not in God)?

F   How does God assist us in believing in creation?  Romans 1:20

F   How does Genesis 1:1 give credence to Hebrews 11:3?

 

FAITH’S PROCLAMATION – Vs. 4

 

R    How do each of these dead people speak to you about spiritual things? – Pansy Farster, Raymond McEIwain, Pastor Cunnings

R    The story of Cain and Abel is found in Genesis 4.

R    What were the two sacrifices the boys offered?

R    Why was Cain’s sacrifice rejected and Abel’s sacrifice accepted?

R    Obviously, Cain lacked faith which led to what?

R    Abel’s faith led to obedience.  Why is faith required for us to be obedient?

R    What was Abel’s legacy?  Why should we want the same legacy?

 

FAITH’S PATH – Vss. 5-6

 

Genesis 5:24 - And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

 

V     Vs. 5 – What did Enoch do specifically to please God?  What does it mean?

V      How does one go about “walking with God”?

V     In what way is Enoch’s “translation” a precursor of things to come?

V     What was Enoch’s legacy?  Why should we want the same legacy?

V     Vs. 6 – How is the first phrase in this verse a reprimand to all of us who worry, fret, and disobey God’s Word in other ways?

V     What do you do that indicates that you believe that God really exists?

V     What will I do if I believe that God “is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him?”  How will I go about doing it?

 

FAITH’S PARTICIPATION – Vs. 7

 

O    What had the world not yet seen when God told Noah to build an ark?

O    How convinced was Noah that God was telling the truth? How did it show?

O    How did Noah “condemn the world?”

O    Are there still heirs “of the righteousness which is by faith?”  Who are they?

 

CONCLUDING THOUGHT – IF YOU AND I ARE NOT OBEDIENT TO GOD, OUR FAITH IS DEFICIENT.