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  • 1. Hebrews 11:1-7Faith before the Flood
  • 2. By faith we are sure• Defining faith• “Physical eyesight produces a conviction or evidence of visible things; faith is the organ which enables people to see the invisible order.” (FF Bruce)• “Faith is putting all your eggs in Gods basket, then counting your blessings before they hatch.”• Faith is never a ‘leap in the dark’• Faith is beyond reason
  • 3. By faith we understand• It’s no wonder the atheist cannot understand the universe• Faith did not create the universe, faith must have an object• God made it from nothing• God made by his command• We do not have to understand ‘how’ the universe was made
  • 4. By faith we worship• The problem with Cain’s offering was not that it was grain rather than the product of an animal• Abel offered in faith• Cain’s offering resulted in anger against God• Contempt for his brother• Abel still speaks, God receives those acting in faith• Faith leads to real worship (Romans 12:1)
  • 5. By faith we walk• Enoch is a mystery• One of only two people in scripture who did not die• We do know that he believed in God• He believed in God’s character• We walk by faith (Romans 1:17, Hebrews 10:38)• The race marked out for us (Hebrews 12:1)
  • 6. By faith we build• Noah had never seen rain• To build an ark made no sense• He must have been mocked• Perhaps he was pitied• Perhaps despised• He acted on the word of God
  • 7. By faith we build“By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation asan expert builder, and someone else is building on it.But each one should be careful how he builds. For noone can lay any foundation other than the one alreadylaid, which is Jesus Christ. If any man builds on thisfoundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hayor straw, his work will be shown for what it is, becausethe Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire,and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. Ifwhat he has built survives, he will receive his reward. Ifit is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will besaved, but only as one escaping through the flames.”(1 Corinthians 3:10-15)
  • 8. By faith we build• What are we building?