How Faith Preserves Your Soul – 3/22

How Faith Preserves Your Soul – 3/22

Group Resources
March 22, 2015

Hebrews 11:1-40

 

This Week’s Take Home Truth: 

“Faith in God is essential in our Christian journey as it keeps us focused beyond our temporary circumstances to our completed destination, which is glory.”

This Week’s Resources:


Our focus this week is on the topic of faith. Clearly, this is a topic we could spend weeks discussing. Faith is the foundation of our relationship with God. Without faith, it is impossible to know God, to draw near to Him, or to please Him (Heb. 11:6).

Hebrews 11 is such an important chapter in the Bible, we spent an entire summer teaching this chapter. As a result, we will only overview this chapter during our study of Hebrews. If members of your Lighthouse are interested in this in-depth study, please refer them to http://myffc.co/byfaith2011.

The focus of our study this week will be the first seven verses of Hebrews 11. We will get a good, working definition of faith, and see how faith played a part in three examples from the Old Testament–Abel, Enoch, and Noah. We will then tie back to Hebrews 10 to remind us of the trajectory the writing to Hebrews is taking, which is “not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised (vs. 10:35-36).

Introduction

  • Looking back at your notes from this week’s sermon, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
  • When have you been confronted by someone’s stubborn, willful disobedience? How did you respond to it?
  • How you ever found yourself shaking your fist at God and telling Him to leave you alone? What brought you to that point in your life?

Read the Text (Hebrews 11)

In Hebrews 11, the writer gives us a summary of the entire Old Testament with his lens focused on the role of faith in God’s people. As you read this magnificent portion of Scripture, keep in mind that the men and women the writer is pointing us to were common people who exhibited uncommon faith–faith that left others around them perplexed. These men and women didn’t begin as great heroes of the faith, but they lived their life with an eye on something that was beyond the horizon, something that didn’t make sense, yet something, or should I say Someone, who made them willing to risk everything to follow Him into glory. Read Hebrews 11.

Digging Deeper

  • Using Hebrews 11:1 as a guide, how would you describe faith to a child in your own words?
  • Read Matthew 21:14-16. What do you learn about faith from this gospel account?
  • According to this passage, what is the only way we can please God with our lives?
  • What do we know about Abel, and how did he demonstrate faith in God?
  • What do we know about Cain, and how did he attempt to please God?
  • What do we know about Enoch, and how did he demonstrate faith in God?
  • Why do you think God sometimes leaves us in the dark about His will?
  • What are some examples from your life of both trusting God and doubting Him?

As we conclude this lesson on faith, remember how the writer led into this study. In Hebrews 10, he was encouraging us to draw close to God, hold fast to His promises, and endure to the end. Perhaps a good summary verse is Hebrews 10:25-26

Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised.

Able, Enoch, and Noah are examples we looked at from Hebrews 11. All common men, but each with an uncommon faith.

Concluding Thoughts

Let’s review this week’s Take Home Truth–“Faith in God is essential in our Christian journey as it keeps us focused beyond our temporary circumstances to our completed destination, which is glory.”

  • As you journey through this life, with what do you need to trust God even though you can’t see what the future holds? How can you show this trust?
  • Take a moment and ask the Lord if there are any areas of your life where you are struggling to show your faith.

A real Christian is an odd number anyway. He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen, talks familiarly every clay to Someone he cannot see, expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another, empties himself in order to be full, admits he is wrong so he can be declared right, goes down in order to get up, is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest, and happiest when he feels worst. He dies so he can live, forsakes in order to have, gives away so he can keep, sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, and knows that which passeth knowledge) A real Christian is an odd number anyway. He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen, talks familiarly every clay to Someone he cannot see, expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another, empties himself in order to be full, admits he is wrong so he can be declared right, goes down in order to get up, is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest, and happiest when he feels worst. He dies so he can live, forsakes in order to have, gives away so he can keep, sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, and knows that which passeth knowledge)

–A.W. Tozer

 

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