by Steve Wagers

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Abraham: Unbelievable Faith (4 of 12)
Series: Fantastic Faith
Steve N. Wagers
Hebrews 11:8-19
February 13, 2008

Sermon Outline
1. The Path He Undertook!
A) An Unfamiliar Location
B) An Uncomfortable Accommodation
2. The Plan He Underwent!
A) Logically Incredible
B) Physically Impossible
3. The Pain He Understood!
A) Reliant on the Promise of God
B) Confident in the Power of God

George Sweeting tells the story of Blondin, the great tightrope walker. While performing on a cable across Niagara Falls, he asked his audience, "How many believe that I can walk across this tightrope pushing a wheelbarrow?" The people gave a roaring cheer of support.

He then asked, "How many believe that I can push the wheelbarrow across the cable with a man in it?" Again, the roar of the crowd was deafening. Blondin then pointed to one of the loudest supporters and said, "All right, you're my man. Get in the wheelbarrow." Everyone turned around, but they couldn't find the man.

The African impala is one of the most powerful and graceful animals in Africa. It can jump to a height of more than 10 feet and cover a distance of more than 30 feet in one jump. In spite of its great ability, an impala can be kept in an enclosure with a solid fence no more than three feet high. Impalas will not jump if they can't see where their feet will land. Impalas walk by sight, not by faith.

As we continue taking our tour of God's Hall of Faith, we come to the classic example of the "father of faith." He is a man by the name of Abraham. Literally, Abraham is the father of every Jewish person. Spiritually, Abraham is the father of every Jesus person, or every person that is saved.

It's interesting to note that of all the great patriarchs of the faith listed in Hebrews 11, God inspired the writer to devote more time to the life of Abraham than anyone else. Thus, it would stand to reason that there must be something about his life of faith that God wants us to se ...

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