Summary: Part 10 of our Hebrews series
Hebrews – Encouragement for a life of faith
Hall of fame of Faith
Over the years I have visited several museums that were called the hall of fame of something
In Oklahoma City the Cowboy hall of fame
In Waco, the Texas Rangers hall of fame
In Cody Wyoming at the Buffalo Bill Historical center , halls of fame for mountain men, Indians, cowboys, guns and gun makers
There are hundreds if not hundreds of thousands of halls of fame in the world
And they all have something in common
They all feature the best of the best
In order to make it into a hall of fame
Someone has to be special
Today as we continue with our study of Hebrews
Our writer lists out a hall of fame of Faith
In chapter 11 of this great book
We see founders of our faith
People who went above and beyond what others did
And in doing so
Set examples for us
Let’s dig in today to these great patriarchs of faith and see what they accomplished and then prayerfully see how we can apply what they did to our own Christian lives
Please open your own copy of God’s word to Hebrews 11 and we will read a big chuck
Beginning in verse 1
Reading through verse 35
Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see. 2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.
3 By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.
4 It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.
5 It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.”[a] For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. 6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
7 It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.
8 It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. 9 And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. 10 Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.
11 It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed[b] that God would keep his promise. 12 And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.