The Father of Faith
INTRODUCTION: True faith is deaf to doubt, dumb to discouragement, and blind to impossibility. There are only two ways to live. The most common is to live by sight; to base everything on what you can see. The other is to live by faith, and base your life primarily and ultimately on what you cannot see. (I Peter 1:8). We back our earthly lives and our eternal destiny on things which we have never seen. As these Jews were hearing from the writer of Hebrews, he was reminding them that Abraham was the father of their race and also, by example, was the father of the faithful, the father of everyone who lives by faith in God.
Waiting is, for me, one of the most difficult disciplines of life. Yet true faith is able wait for the fulfillment of of God's purposes in God's time.
Definitions of faith, even though hard to understand, are outlined in Heb. 11:1-2. However, the writer quickly moves from definitions to demonstrations through the lives of God's chosen. Abraham believed against all odds and he endured in his faith. This text is a beautiful picture of obedient and hopeful faith.
I. THE CALL OF FAITH. 8
A. COMMENCED WITH CHANGE. 8a
Abraham was a wealthy citizen of the Ur of Chaldees. He had a house, property, and a family. He lived among pagan people who worshipped the moon, but, in sovereign grace, God called Abraham for His purpose.
Joshua 24:2-3, ''And Joshua said to all the people,'Thus says the Lord God of Israel: Your fathers,
including Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor , dwelt on the other side of the River
in old times: and they served other gods. Then I took your father Abraham from the other side of the
River, led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his descendants and gave him
It is God who takes the initiative and approaches the human soul. God always takes the first step.
The giving up of the old life is one of the greatest ob ...
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