Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday Morning, November 19, 2017
Sermon Series – ALL YOU NEED IS FAITH – #2
The writer of Hebrews makes it clear that faith is a very practical thing (Heb. 11:3), in spite of what unbelievers say. Faith enables us to understand what God does, see what others cannot see (note Heb. 11:7, 13, 27), and do what others cannot do!
The remainder of Hebrews 11 is devoted to a summary of the lives and labors of great men and women of faith found in the Old Testament. The first three examples are: Abel, Enoch, and Noah – from the ANTEDILUVIAN (Pre-Flood) era. They demonstrate a faith that worships God, walks with God, and works for God:
I. ABEL – An Example of Faith Worshiping God: Heb. 11:4
A. The background story (Genesis 4)
B. The better sacrifice.
II. ENOCH – An Example of Faith Walking With God: Heb. 11:5-6
A. The model of faith that walks with God (Gen. 5:22)
B. The reward of faith that walks with God (Gen. 5:23-24)
THE SELF-EVIDENT UNIVERSAL TRUTH – Heb. 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God) . . . . . . “
III. NOAH – An Example of Faith Working for God: Heb. 11:7
A. Working faith is severely tried (v.7a, “By faith Noah, being warned of things not yet seen”)
B. Working faith is bravely triumphant (v.7b, “moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith”)
Conclusion: Lessons from Antediluvian Faith:
- In Abel, we see faith as the condition of acceptable worship; a faith that condemns the spirit which denies the necessity of an atoning sacrifice.
- In Enoch, we see faith that condemns the root of godlessness; a faith that desires intimacy with God.
- In Noah, we see faith that represents the principle of separation from the life and destiny of the ungodly.