Faith Makes the Difference
Have you found Hebrews 11? Keep turning to it. Hebrews chapter 11, and this afternoon, or this morning rather -I scared you a little bit, I'm sure, when I said ''this afternoon.'' I don't know why I said that, but I just may preach on to the afternoon. You wouldn't mind that, would you? Don't answer that. I want us to think on, the second in this series of messages that we're bringing on God's Hall of Fame, how to be in God's Hall-of Fame. And, of course, the thing that will put you into God's Hall of Fame is faith! It is faith that makes the difference. And that's what we're -our sermon subject is this morning, ''Faith Makes the Difference.'' Hebrews, Chapter 11, and Verse 1.
''Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it,'' that is, by faith, ''the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made out of things which do appear. But by faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and by it he being. dead yet speaketh.''
Now you are going to find out that Abel is the first of God's heroes that are listed in this marvelous 1lth Chapter, what we call ''God's Hall of Fame. The very first hero is a man named Abel, and that's the man we're talking about. And the Bible says, ''By faith he offered to God a more excellent sacrifice.'' You're going to find out that Abe was a very -Abel was a very ordinary man, and he was a sinful man. He was very much like we are. And if Abel could be in God's Hall of Fame, so can I, and so can you. For you see, when God looks for someone to place in His Hall of Fame, God does not look for ability; God looks for availability. God does not look for scholarship; God looks for relationship. It matters not who you know; it really matter ...
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