Abel: Unforgettable Faith (1 of 12) by Steve Wagers

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Abel: Unforgettable Faith (1 of 12)
Series: Fantastic Faith
Steve N. Wagers
Hebrews 11:4
January 23, 2008

Sermon Outline
1. The Sacrifice God Accepted!
A) An Observed Sacrifice
B) An Offered Sacrifice
2. The Simplicity God Admired!
A) Simple Focus
B) Simple Faith
3. The Sincerity God Approved!
A) God's Requirement was Met
B) God's Remedy was Manifested

John G. Patton was a Bible translator in the South Sea Islands. While translating, he came to the word "believe" and searched for a word that the native people could truly understand. He wanted something that meant commitment and trust, but he couldn't think of a word. Then one day, a messenger rushed into Mr. Patton's room out of breath.

Needing to rest, he flung himself into a big chair and leaned back in complete relaxation. Patton asked the native for a word to describe what he did when he sat down and completely trusted in the chair to hold him so he could relax. That's the word he used for "believe."

Patton concluded that, "When a person quits trying and begins trusting, that's "belief."

A recent ABC News Gallup poll revealed what Americans believe.

90% believe in God
81% believe in Heaven
78% believe in angels
70% believe in hell
70% believe in the devil
60% believe the stories in the Bible are literally true
13% believe that human evolution occurred naturally without divine intervention.

Many have faith in faith. They have faith in the fact that they have faith. There is no object to their faith; it is simply faith in faith.

Hebrews 11 is the Westminster Abbey of Scripture. It reads like a telephone directory with listings of great men and women of faith.

(v. 1) Faith is DEFINED
Substance: Gr. hupostasis: (hupo-stand) (stasis-under): "to stand under, support"

Our faith, in God, the Bible, etc. is that which stands under us and supports us to believe in "things hoped for" and "the evidence of things not seen."

It doesn't require that we understa ...


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