Summary: An individual who truly believes and is a part of the family of faith has specific characteristics which identifies him with his family
THE FAMILY OF FAITH
There are always certain characteristics which identify different families. Sometimes, there are certain physical features that identify families. Maybe it is their skin tone, or their hair, or high cheek bones, whatever. Being away for many years and not having the opportunity to see the children of my friends grow up, I was amazed how many I could identify just because they looked so much like one of their parents. Sometimes, families can be identified by personality whether being outgoing or quiet, cocky or humble. Sometimes, it is the way they talk. Some families have their own dialect.
Today I want to speak to you about a specific family: the Family of Faith. They come in all shapes, forms, personalities, and dialects, but the common characteristic that identifies this family is their Faith in the Promises of the Living God. As we work through the characteristics of this family, I want you to ask yourself, “I am a part of the family of faith?
A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY OF FAITH IS WILLING...
1) TO OBEY ALL (11:8)
“By faith Abraham, ...., obeyed...
Faith without Obedience is Dead
Obedience is outward expression of an
Partial Obedience = Disobedience
2) TO RELEASE ALL (11:9)
“By faith he sojourned in the land of
(Col 3:2) Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
Release all earthly possessions
(Matt 6:19-21) Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
(1 John 2:15-17) Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Release all earthly rights
(Phil 3:20) For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
3) TO BELIEVE ALL (11:11)
Believe the Impossible
Believe the Improbable
4) TO SEE ALL (11:10,13a)
See the Visible
See the Invisible
See the Present
See the Future
(John 14:2) In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
5) TO CONFESS ALL (11:13b-14)
(Luke 12:8-9) Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: 9But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.
6) TO FORSAKE ALL (11:15)
(Luke 9:62) And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
7) TO RECEIVE ALL (11:16)
BECAUSE THEY TRUSTED ALL
Trusted God’s Promise of an Earthly