Summary: A view of Faith’s Hall of Fame’s first three portraits.
Hebrews 11:1 – 7
Reading Hebrews 11 is like walking through a portrait gallery full of all your favorite heroes. It is here we see a portrait of our heroes of faith. Beginning our walk through Faith’s Hall of Fame, the Hebrew writer reminds us that God does not expect us to believe without evidence. Biblical faith is not blind faith. Some versions unfortunately translate Hebrews 11:1 in such as way as to imply that our faith is the evidence of heavenly things, however, it is more accurately translated in the NIV as “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” God has not asked us to believe without evidence of his power and proof that he will do what he says he will do.
I. Abel’s Faith in Worship.
A. Abel’s offering was accepted because it was offered in faith.
1. Romans 10:17
2. Abel’s offering was made in accordance to God’s revealed will.
B. Abel’s faith speaks to us today.
1. We should listen to God’s word.
2. We should worship God according to his will. (John 4:23 – 24)
II. Enoch’s Faith in Life.
A. Enoch’s life was lived according to the will of God.
1. Genesis 5:24
2. Enoch walked with God.
B. Faith in God and living a Godly life are required to please God.
III. Noah’s Faith in God’s Word.
A. Noah took God at his word, no matter how unbelievable it seemed.
1. It had never rained.
2. It had never flooded.
B. Noah’s faith moved him to act.
1. Faith moves us to do good works. (Eph. 2:8 – 10)
2. Faith without works is no faith at all. (James 2:14 – 19)
Someone once said, “There are thousands of ways of pleasing God, but not one without faith.” A faith that pleases God is one that worships him, walks with him and works for him.
Mitchell Skelton, Minister - Midway church of Christ