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Abraham: An Obeying Faith (4 of 10)
Series: Walking With The Giants
Hebrews 11:8-10; 17-19; Genesis 12: 22
INTRO: I want you to take your Bibles this morning and be finding your place at Hebrews chapter 11 again if you would. We are continuing this morning in a series of messages that we began four weeks ago on the mighty men and wonderful women that are listed for us in what has been called, ''God's Hall of Faith.''
Hebrews 11 is the foundational chapter on faith in all of the Bible. And the reason is because in this chapter the Holy Spirit gives to us the definition, description and demonstrations of what real faith is. In verse one we are given the definition of faith. ''Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.'' Then in verses 2-3 we are given the description of faith. ''For by it (What? Faith.) the elders obtained a good testimony. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.'' And then as you continue reading, you find example after example, demonstration after demonstration of faith exercised and exhibited in the lives of people just like you and me.
You know, a lot of times we read about people like Moses and Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and Sara and Rahab, and we get the idea that they were some kind of super saints. We think of them as being so far ahead of us in their walk with the Lord that we could never have the kind of faith or be as faithful as they were.
Well, just as a way of encouragement, let me give you something that I discovered this week that you may never have realized before. I believe that one of the reasons why these particular people were placed in this portion of scripture is because no matter whether you're young or old, male or female, rich or poor there is somebody here that you are going to be able to identify with. This really is a cross-section of society. Her ...
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