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The Call to Faith (1 of 5)
Series: The Faith of Abraham
Introduction: Who is the "father of our country?" George Washington. Why do we say that? We say that because of his considerable influence in the founding of this country. Who is the father of modern baseball? Abner Doubleday (supposedly) because of his influence on baseball. Who is the "father" of the Internet? Al Gore :o). Abraham is known as the "Father of Faith."
If there is a word that sums up how a Christian relates to God that word might easily be "faith." A Christian is saved by grace through faith and we walk by faith. The Hebrew writer states that without faith it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and is the rewarder of those who earnestly seek him.
The Bible consistently holds Abraham out as the great example of faith. He is called the "Man of Faith." In a spiritual sense, we Christians are "Children of Abraham." Galatians 3:7-9 "Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham...So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith." The entire history of the world, from creation to flood, is recorded in six chapters of Genesis. NINETEEN chapters are devoted to the life of Abraham. So let's learn about faith today from our "father Abraham" beginning with the call to faith.
I. THE CALL TO FAITH IS A CLEAR CALL
Gen. 12:1 "Now the Lord said to Abram, 'Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your Father's house, To the Land which I will show you." This was an objective call, not a subjective call. This wasn't something that Abraham "felt" or "sensed in his spirit." This wasn't nebulous, indefinite or illusory. This was tangible and substantive.
ILLUSTRATION: Tami and I were in Texas a few years ago and we stopped at Paint Rock to view the pictographs of ancient Indians on the cliffs. Our guide would stop and point out a painting a ...
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