Hebrews Chapter Eleven: It’s All About Faith
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What is faith? We are about to spend an entire week studying the meaning of one of the most significant words in Christianty. Without it, there is no salvation!
I love Warren Wiersbe’s definition of faith:
“True Bible faith is confident obedience to God’s Word in spite of circumstances and consequences.”
We are about to see faith come alive as we embark on a journey through Hebrews’ Hall of Fame. God has given each of us has great stories of faith…times God has called us to take a step of faith, and, through it, He has done great things. I share one of my big faith stories today. I would love to hear yours. Please share your stories with us this week. The faith stories of others always bless and encourage my own faith.
Let our journey begin…
This Week’s Memory Verse: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
This Week’s Prayer:
Oh, Father, how I long to be a woman of faith. Help me to trust in You above all else in this world. Help me to loosen my hold on what I treasure in this world. Keep my eyes fixed on You, the Author and Perfecter of my faith. No matter what my circumstances look like, no matter what man says to me, keep only Your Truth before me. Give me the mind of Christ. Thank you for this chapter which not only teaches me what faith is but also shows me. Keep these truths ever before me. Grow me, Father, to be a great woman of faith. A woman who trusts in You for all things. A woman who others look to for hope and encouragement. Use me, Lord, to bless others and to lead others to a closer walk with You. May my faith point them to You. May my faith make them hunger for more of You. I ask this in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
Assignment: Read Hebrews Chapter Eleven
1. Let’s talk a moment about your faith.
- When did your faith first begin?
- When has your faith been its strongest? Why?
- When has your faith been its weakest? Why?
- How would you describe your faith now? Explain.
- As we embark on a journey through the heroes of the Christian faith, who are your heroes of the faith?
2. Read Hebrews 11:1-3.
- Write this verse below and then write it again, but this time in your own words.
- Now read Romans 10:17. Write it below and then write it in your own words.
3. Read 1 Corinthians 2:9-10. What insight do these verses give us about faith?
4. The heroes of the faith each left a great legacy. What about you?
- Looking at your life right now, what will be your legacy?
- Perhaps a better question is what do you want to leave behind? What do you want your legacy to be?
- What steps do you need to take now to ensure that you leave this legacy?
5. Hebrews 11:4 introduces us to Abel. If you would like to read Abel’s story, read Genesis 4:1-10.
- Why do you think God was pleased with Abel’s offering and not Cain’s (hint: Genesis 4:6-7)
- If God’s decision bothers you, read the rest of the story in Genesis 4:8-16. What does this story reveal about Cain’s heart?
6. Read Hebrews 11:5-6. To learn more about Enoch, read Genesis 5:18-24.
- What do you suppose close fellowship with God looked like at this time?
- What lesson of faith does God want us to glean from Enoch’s life?
7. Read Hebrews 11:7 and Genesis 6:9.
- List the words used to describe Noah. Based on these words, what kind of man was Noah?
- Read 2 peter 2:5. How does Peter describe Noah?
- Read Genesis 6:5. What does it tell us about the world in which Noah lived and those to whom he preached?
- If someone asked your friends to describe you, what words would they use?
- What words would you use to describe yourself?
8. Read Hebrews 11:8-19. The author spends most of his time in this chapter on Abraham, the Father of the Hebrew nation.
- Why do you think he devoted so much time to Abraham?
- What does Joshua 24:2 tell us about Abraham?
- Yet God chose him anyway. What do you think God saw in his heart to call him out?
- What actions did Abraham take because he had faith?
- What did God promise Abraham? (hint: Genesis 12:1-5)
8. Did God ask you to give up when you entered your new life?
- If you answered yes, what was it?
- What did you receive in return?
- Was it worth it? Why or why not?
9. Read Hebrews 11:11-12. These verses tell us that, Sarah, a barren woman conceived a child. And because she did, an entire nation of people came to be. Every Jew that has been or ever will be is the result of Abraham’s faith. And you and I share in that legacy because of our faith in what Jesus did on the cross.
- Are you struggling with something today for which you have asked and trusted God? Be encouraged by Abraham’s story. Read it and hide it in your heart. Allow all that it reveals about God, His character, and His Word seep into the marrow of your bones.
- Read Mark 9:23, Matthew 19:26, Ephesians 3:20, and Philippians 4:13. Share what eachverse says and hide the truths in your heart. Pray fervently for your struggle!
10. Read Hebrews 11:17-19. Abraham’s greatest proof of faith came when he willingly surrendered Isaac on the altar. In doing so, he was giving back to God the son of the promise….the one and only person who could fulfill God’s promise to him.
- Why was Abraham able to obey so quickly?
Abraham knew the promise to which he was clinging, and he knew the One who made that promise. He knew that One was faithful. To have a faith like Abraham’s, we too must KNOW God’s promises and must believe that He is faithful to deliver them.
- Is there something you love as much as Abraham loved Isaac? Is God asking you to be willing to sacrifice it in obedience to Him?
- Are you willing to trust God enough to give it to Him?
- Take one step of obedience today. Share that step with us so that we can pray for you.
11. Read 2 Timothy 1:5. Read Exodus 2:1-10.
- What does these verses teach about faith?
- What do you learn about the faith of Moses’ parents in the Exodus passage?
12. Read Hebrews 11:29 and Exodus 14:12-14. Here again we see another step of faith…this time for Moses in his own life and the life of his people.
- What are Moses’ words to the people?
- How did they respond?
The people believed Moses’ promise from God and marched right through the seabed, with a mountainous wall of water on each side. Can you imagine how terrifying, yet awe-inspiring, this event must have been? The walls of water could have descended upon them and drown them all at any moment. The Israelites had no guarantee except God’s Word. They heard it through Moses and put their faith in it. Faith is trusting in God’s promises. But we must know the promises.
- Read Romans 10:17 again. What does it say?
- Do you know God’s promises?
13. I love the story of Joshua! Read Joshua 1:1-9 and Joshua 6:1-5.
- What does God say to Joshua in Joshua 1:1-9?
- What instructions does God give to Joshua in 6:1-5?
- How do you think what God promised Joshua in Joshua 1 impacted Joshua when he received the instructions in Joshua 6?
- What does this story teach you?
14. Read Daniel 6:1-23 (Daniel and the lion’s den) and Daniel 3 (the fiery furnace). Share what you learn about faith from these stories. Pull out specific verses that exemplify faith.
15. Let’s go back to Hebrews 11:6.
- What does the author mean when he says, “without faith it is impossible to please God?”
- What two things must you believe if you want to come to God?
- Do you believe God rewards those who earnestly seek Him? (see Deuteronomy 4:29 and Jeremiah 29:13)
- Do any of the heroes we have looked at this week particularly reinforce the truth of this promise for you?
What a wonderful blessing to study these heroes of the faith. My prayer is that the Lord will move each of us one step closer to becoming the great women of faith He has called us to be!!
Sweet Blessings to you!