Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday Morning, November 12, 2017
Sermon Series – ALL YOU NEED IS FAITH – #1
“An Explanation of Faith”
Hebrews chapter eleven is dedicated to demonstrating how men and women in times past have done the seemingly impossible by faith; walked by faith; lived by faith; worshipped by faith (v.4); sometimes wandering (vv.8-10); sometimes waiting (vv.11-12). But always triumphing.
There is a reason this chapter is called God’s Great Hall of Fame (faith)! The key to greatness with God is faith! This is the person who sees the Lord with the eyes of faith; and believes God with the heart of faith; and worships God with the mind of faith; and walks with God with the feet of faith. Our faith rests solidly on the Lord Jesus Christ; He is both the object and author of our faith.
We will probe deep into Hebrews 11 over the next several weeks. Today we will explore verses 1-3 as the author presents to us: An Explanation of Faith. We will study the meaning, reward, and understanding of faith.
I. The Meaning of Faith: Heb. 11:1
A. Faith’s reality (v.1a, “Now faith is”)
B. Faith’s meaning (v.1b, “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”
1.”the substance of things hoped for” –
2.”the evidence of things not seen” –
II. The Reward of Faith: Heb. 11:2
A. Who are the “elders”
B. What was their “reward
III. The Understanding of Faith: Heb. 11:3
A. By faith we “understand” (to perceive with the mind, to exercise the mind by way of discernment)
Everyone has faith — and exercises faith. The issue is what will you trust? – – who will you trust? Christianity alone is based on verifiable historical truth. Each person is responsible to investigate the Bible’s claims of authenticity. His eternal destiny depends on it. How can a person become a Christian?
- Recognize you have a problem (Rom. 3:23; 6:2)
- Realize that Jesus is the only solution (Acts 4:12)
- Respond to God’s offer of salvation (John 1:12; Rom. 10:9-13)