Summary: From the "Heroes" Series. A Sermon on Grace from Hebrews 11:31.
ILL – You may remember seeing on the news earlier this year about a man named Wesley Autrey, a new York city resident and construction worker, who performed a tremendous act of heroism in the NYC subway.
A 19 year old film student suffered a seizure and fell ONTO the subway tracks. Autrey jumped onto the tracks and pulled the student to safety, actually lying on top of him while the train moved past.
Since, he has been awarded the Bronze Medallion, recognized by the President of the United States during the State of the Union address, and listed in Time Magazine’s 2007 100 most influential people.
He said just following the incident “I don’t think I did anything spectacular. I just saw someone who needed help, and did what I thought was right”
Most heroes are just ordinary people, who in the time of trouble, get courageous in a big way.
This morning we’re going to read about a woman who believed God enough, that she stood up against her entire city.
Rahab is one of two women mentioned in Hebrews 11. As the writer of Hebrews chronicled the history of faith, and gave praise to the people of faith…most of those people were men. With the exception of Sarah, the wife of Abraham…Rahab is the only other woman mentioned.
READ Hebrews 11:31
oASSURANCE - She was pursuaded by Truth. She was assured that what she believed was true
(about Abraham) Romans 4:20-21 - Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
DEPENDANCE - She believed that God could provide for her what she needed. Salvation.
It’s a question we all ask, "Can I really trust God?"
In order to be a person of faith, you have to come to grips with that question.
COMMITMENT - It’s not a onetime assumption, it’s a lifelong consistancy in following God.
People say, "I need to be more committed". The problem is not your commitment, it’s your faith. If you really believed, if you were really depending on God for all of your needs…you could not be anything else but committed!
•The question to ask is "What is keeping me from Believing?"
oCould be a lack of knowledge…
Romans 10:17 - Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
ILL - It’s like the man who saw on television that there was a car driving the wrong direction down the interstate. He knew his wife was traveling that road so he called to warn her. “Honey, there is a car driving the wrong direction on the interstate” – she says “ONE CAR! NO THERE ARE HUNDREDS!”
Some people just don’t realize they are going the wrong way.
God’s Truth is revealed in His Word.
oCould be a lack of understanding…
You’ve heard about faith, but you don’t understand what it means to be a believer.
2 Corinthians 5:17 – “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come.”
oCould be a lack of desire…
“The prostitute Rahab,”
•Let me ask you a serious question. Does it surprise you see a prostitute listed among Abraham, Moses, and David?