Abel: A Faith That Saves (1 of 11) by Steve Wagers

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Abel: A Faith That Saves (1 of 11)
Series: Faith Factor
Steve N. Wagers
Hebrews 11:4

Sermon Outline
1. He was Accepted by God Because of his Sacrifice!
A. An Observed Sacrifice!
B. An Offered Sacrifice!
2. He was Admired of God Because of his Simplicity!
A. His Simple Focus!
B. His Simple Faith!
3. He was Acquainted with God Because of his Sincerity!
A. God's Requirement Demonstrated!
B. God's Remedy Appropriated!

1. According to trend watchers, the hottest celebrity fashion accessory is a small red string bracelet. These bracelets aren't valued for their cutting edge design, but for their supposed ability to "ward off negativity" and bring the wearer good luck.

2. The origin of this new fashion trend is a set of ancient teachings on Jewish mysticism called the 'Kabbalah.' According to the Kabbalah, anyone who wears a string from Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem falls under its protection. Madonna, Winona Ryder, Rosie O'Donnell, and Dan Akroyd are just a few of the celebrities who are indulging in this new trend. Sue Facter commented that "Celebs are getting wrapped up in red string." (USA Today, Nov. 26, 2002.)

3. There are a variety of things which people place their hopes in today. Some place their faith in fame and fortune. Others place their faith in power and prestige. While others place their faith in generosity and goodness.

4. When asked "What does it take for a person to get to Heaven," there are a number of answers one will receive. According to a recent Gallup poll survey, 69% of Americans believe that "living a good, moral life" determines a person's future in Heaven.

5. The Bible teaches us that there is only ONE way to get to Heaven. It is not available through a plan; it is only available through a MAN, the Lord Jesus Christ.

6. As we begin our study of the Hall of Faith found in Hebrews 11, we begin by looking at a man named Abel. Abel's faith is the foundational principle of faith, because his faith ...

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