Summary: The Definition and Description of Faith
Faith - Lesson 1
I. The DEFINITION of faith (11:1).
A. Now, Faith is...
1. "The SUBSTANCE..."
> Definition: "That which is solid and practical in character, quality, or importance."
> Substance has solid weight. It is a force that can be measured.
> Faith is not simply an emotion, or a feeling.
2. "The substance of things HOPED for..."
> Word "hope" in the Bible is not the same as how we have come to interpret it.
> When we says "hope", we mean, it may or may not be: "I sure hope he comes today..."
> But, the Bible word "hope" means something expected. This is our Hope (1 Thes. 5:6-11).
3. "The EVIDENCE of things..."
> Evidence means you can show proof.
> Real faith will be evident, because there will be visible, and physical signs of its presence.
> We see the evidence that the wind is blowing, even though we cannot see the wind.
4. (v. 3) "Through faith we understand..."
> As we yield to God in faith, we begin to understand the things of God.
> The carnal man cannot understand these things, they are foolishness to him.
> Carnal man has a hard time believing the Bible is the word of God.
> Carnal man has a hard time believing the Gospel. He has no problem accepting "All religions", but cannot and will not accept the one true religion.
> But, "Through faith we understand..."
B. Faith is the basis for things we cannot see.
1. Faith that is seen is not faith at all (Rom 8:24-25; 2 Cor 4:18).
> If it were easily seen and understood, we would not need faith.
2. Have you ever wondered why Jesus spoke in parables?
> The Pharisee’s asked Jesus to tell them plainly (John 10:24-27).
> Jesus spoke in parables on purpose (Matt. 13:1-16).
> Why? If God wants all to be saved, why didn’t He just tell them plainly?
> Because, God requires faith!
3. Why haven’t we found Noah’s ark?
> Why haven’t we found the Ark of the Covenant?
> Why haven’t we found any of these physical things?
> We have found MUCH manuscript evidence. God has preserved His word.
> When it comes down to it, all we have is His word on it.
> God wants there to be an element of faith!
II. The DECLARATION of faith (11:6).
A. We call Hebrews 11, God’s hall of faith!
1. The saints of Hebrews 11, because their faith pleased God.
> Faith is given not to perform miracles, but that we may please God.
> The Devil can work miracles, but he cannot please God.
2. This is why God spoke in parables.
> This is why God left no physical evidence.
> Because HE REQUIRES FAITH!
> FAITH PLEASES GOD.
B. "Must believe that He is..."
1. Faith believes that "God is" even when it looks like "He isn’t..."
> Sometimes is seems like God isn’t anywhere around, nor involved in our lives (Job 23:8-9; 10).
2. There are times when it looks as if God isn’t (Hab 1:1-4).
> The Chaldean’s threatening to annihaliate the people unless God intervened.
> God answered and told him He was doing something (Hab 1:5-6).
> In fact the marching of the Chaldean’s was what God was doing!
> You say, "God where are you while I am going through this trouble?"
> And, God answers, "I’m the one sending the trouble!"