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FAITH PRESENTED BY JOY JOSEPH MUNDUKOTTACKAL KONKANI CHRISTIAN (BRETHREN) ASSEMBLY
FAITH WHAT IS FAITH ? Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. WHY THE NEED OF FAITH ? Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: forhe that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. LET US STUDY FROM EPISTLE TO HEBREWS CHAPTER 11 Called as “The Westminister abbey” of the Bible (Statues of great men kept and written; “if they could achieve great things, you can also achieve such things” )
FAITH DEFENISION OF FAITH Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. THE FACT AND FAITH Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Scientists couldn’t agree till this day how the world was formed; They contradicts each other in their interpretations) WHAT THE WORD OF GOD THE BIBLE SAYS ? Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
FAITH WORLD CREATED BY THE POWER OF HIS WORD Psalms 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. Psalms 33:9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. BUT MAN WAS CREATED BY HIS OWN HAND Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Zechariah 12:1 The LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.
FAITH DID MAN FAILED TO REALIZE THIS ? Psalms 119:73 Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments. BIBLE REVEALS HIS WORK FOR US Amos 4:13 For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name. HOW CAN WE PLEASE GOD ? Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
FAITH FAITH IS ACCEPTING (TRUSTING) GOD AT HIS WORD. Hebrews 11:2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. (Purpose of faith) To please God Let us see what each one had done Abel- Plan of faith - sacrifice- offered a better sacrifice Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. Enoch- Progress in faith - Walked with God Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
FAITH Noah- Preparation of faith - Work of faith Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. Abraham- Promise of faith - Believed him who promised Hebrews 11:8-10 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. (Example for Faith for salvation) By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Example for faith in daily life)
FAITH Sarah- Partnership in faith - Shared the promise Hebrews 11:11-12 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. (Not for salvation; but of daily life as a life partner) The pursuit of faith – Followed the way of faith Hebrews 11:13 These all died in faith , not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
FAITH Prize of faith - Sought for (a better country) Hebrews 11:14-15 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned . Practice of faith- Offered up his son Hebrews 11:17-19 By faith Abraham , when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. Prospectus of faith - Examples for the steps of faith Isaac Hebrews 11:20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
FAITH Prospectus of faith - Steps of faith (Continues) Jacob Hebrews 11:21 By faith Jacob , when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff. Joseph Hebrews 11:22 By faith Joseph , when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave command- ment concerning his bones. Moses’s Parents Hebrews 11:23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.
FAITH Prominence of faith - Priority to faith Moses Hebrews 11:24-26 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. Protection of faith Hebrews 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Hebrews 11:28 Through faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
FAITH Prove of faith (Demonstration) Hebrews 11:29-30 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. Providence of faith Rahab Hebrews 11:31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace. Prosperity of faith (A short list- A good heritage) Hebrews 11:32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon , and of Barak , and of Samson , and of Jephthae ; of David also, and Samuel , and of the prophets :
FAITH Prowess of faith (Courage, skill) Hebrews 11:33-35 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, (Joshua 11: 23) wrought righteousness, (Jud.3:31) obtained promises, (Joshua 21: 45) stopped the mouths of lions, (Dan.5: 22) Quenched the violence of fire, (Dan.3: 27) escaped the edge of the sword, (1. Sam.17: 47) out of weakness were made strong, (Jud.16: 28) waxed valiant in fight, (Jud.6: 14;15) turned to flight the armies of the aliens. (2.Chro.20: 17) Women received their dead raised to life again: (2.King 4: 36)
FAITH Perseverance of faith ( Endured patiently ) Hebrews 11:35-38 and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. Hebrews 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
FAITH THE PERFECTION OF FAITH Hebrews 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect. WE ARE CALLED TO 2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight 2 Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 1 Peter 1:8-9 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
FAITH Great men of God Abel Enoch Noah Abraham Moses Gedeon, Barak, Samson, Jephthae; David , and Samuel, and of the prophets: They all obtained good report of faith; If you holds faith, You can also please God.
FAITH Dear Brethren/ Readers Hebrews 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.