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Summary: To show the definition of faith, it rests on substance and evidence.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Do you have faith to believe in the impossible?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show the definition of faith, it rests on substance and evidence.

IV. TEXT:

Hebrews 11:1 (Amplified Bible)

11:1 NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].

Hebrews 11:1 (King James Version)

11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

V. THESIS:

Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS, for You have given us faith now to believe and please You with our faith in You, and that we have received Your reward both in this life and in the life to come.

Hebrews 11:6 (Amplified Bible)

11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].

VI. TITLE:

Now Faith is

Subtitle: Study on the Book of Hebrews

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70

B. Style of writing: Best Greek style

C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos

D. Audience: Hebrew Christians

E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels - J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible

F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Substance of things hoped for

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,"

Faith is "pistis" in Greek meaning:

1. persuasion

2. moral conviction

3. reliance upon CHRIST for salvation

4. constancy in such profession

Substance or "hupostasis" in Greek meaning:

1. setting under

2. concretely essence

3. abstractly assurance

4. confidence

1 Peter 1:7 (Amplified Bible)

1:7 So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed.

Galatians 5:6 (Amplified Bible)

5:6 For [if we are] in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith activated and energized and expressed and working through love.

Hebrews 10:22 (Amplified Bible)

10:22 Let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith (by that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty (evil) conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water.

What we hoped for (and prayed for) in this life has already substance (has already set) or happened in the spiritual. We don't see it with our physical eyes yet, but we see it with eyes of faith.


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