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Abel: A Worshipping Faith (1 of 10)
Series: Walking With the Giants
Hebrews 11:4; Genesis 4:1-10
INTRO: I want you to take God's Word now this morning and be finding your place at Hebrews chapter 11 if you will, and this morning we are going to begin a series of messages from one of the greatest chapters in all of the Bible. Hebrews 11 has been described by many Bible preachers and Bible scholars as ''God's Hall of Faith.'' And the reason why this is the famous, and foundational chapter on faith in the Bible is because here in these verses we are given both the definition of faith - Verse 1 says, ''. . . faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. . .'' as well as the demonstrations of faith. In other words, the writer of Hebrews defines what real faith is and then he begins to go back to the very beginning of time to give us example after example of mighty men and women of faith. That's why we're going to entitle this series of messages ''Walking with the Giants'' because over the next ten weeks we're going to walk and work our way down through this great chapter on faith and see just what kind of faith Abel had. What kind of faith Enoch had. What kind of faith Noah and Abraham and Sarah and Rahab and all of these other folks had that was so great that the Holy Spirit picked them out and pointed to them as examples of faith. These are God's giants of faith.
Now, I want to make this clear right at the beginning. One of the things that I love about the Bible is that it presents people just like they were; as the old saying goes, ''warts and all.'' So, when we study these giants of the faith, you're going to see real quickly that these weren't perfect people. They not only had great faith, in many cases they had great flaws. And I'll just tell you, that is a real encouragement to me, to see where God took a liar like Abraham and a schemer like Jacob and a prostitute like Rahab, and in spite of their flaws and thei ...
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