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09/01/2010 – ““Hebrews 11” Faith ” II – My Responsibility in Faith’s System

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDIES
Faith for Completing Your Life’s Assignment
Wednesday in the Word
September 1, 2010

“Hebrews 11” Faith II
(My Responsibility in Faith’s System)

DEFINITIONS
A
. Assignment defined…
1. A duty one has been appointed to perform.
2. The act of putting a person into a non-elective position.
3. A position of responsibility.
4. A delegation, a mission, a duty, a job, a position, a post.
B. Obedience is vital to carry out your assignment.

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS
A.
 Jeremiah 1:5-10
1. Until God’s word concerning your assignment is coming out of your mouth, you are not in faith.
2. God is interested in developing Jeremiah’s assignment.
3. In other words, God desires to move us from observation/admiration faith to action faith.

B
. St. Mark 11:12-14, 20-23
1. Jesus, the Son of God, speaks words to a thing.
2. God speaks words and the words become things.  This is the system believers live by.
3. Jesus declares His victory in the midst of the situation. (verse 14)
4. When you learn how to operate by faith, the enemy cannot devour you.  (I Peter 5:7-8)

INTRODUCTION
A.
 The entire chapter of Hebrews 11 is about typical men and women who received transformed lives through faith.
B. These were average individuals whose faith made them stellar.

REVIEW
I.
 Exegesis of Hebrews 11
A. Understanding “these all died in faith”.
• Hebrews 11:13; Hebrews 11:39
1. Though they did not receive the manifestation of the Messiah, they each received manifestations of the power of God through their use of faith.
2. They each learned how to walk in action faith which equals changed lives.

B.
 Hebrews 11:1
1. What is faith…?
   a. Faith is produced by the word of God, so we can substitute faith for the word of God.  (Romans 10:17) 
   b. Substance is reality…the word of God gives the reality, gives confidence, the title deed.
   c. Evidence is proof…the word of God is the evidence or proof until the tangible manifests.

C.
 Hebrews 11:2
a. Obtaining is the primary function of faith (faith teaches us how to obtain; faith changes us by helping us to obtain).
b. Faith transforms [changes] the way things are up until faith is received and utilized.

D.
 Ordinary individuals of faith and what they produced: a) The persons of faith, b) their action and c) what it produced.
1. Hebrews 11:3
   a. God
   b. God framed [to perfect; to make fit for one] the worlds by speaking.
   c. God produced creative faith.
2. Hebrews 11:4
• Verse 4 omits Adam and Eve because their actions did not produce faith.  They had more faith in the words of Satan than they did in the words of God.
   a. Abel
   b. Abel offered worship.
   c. Abel produced sacrificial faith.
3. Hebrews 11:5
   a. Enoch
   b. Enoch pleased God by the walk of faith.
   c. Enoch produced translation faith.

E.
 Hebrews 11:6
a. To understand faith, you must believe in the existence of an invisible God and He [this invisible God] only rewards the diligent.

II. Ordinary individuals of faith and what they produced: 1) the person; 2) the action and 3) what it produced.
A. Hebrews 11:7
1. Noah
2. Noah moved with fear preparing an ark.
3. Noah produced active and preservation faith.
• Additional observations
   a. You are not in faith until there is an action.  In other words, faith is incomplete with the word of God only.
   b. A lack of movement means you do not believe.

B.
 Hebrews 11:8
1. Abraham
2. Abraham went out without knowing.
3. Abraham’s obedience produced confidence faith.
• Additional observations
   a. Acting on the word of God without full disclosure is called trust.
   b. Faith always has an action that makes it complete.

C. Hebrews 11:11
1. Sara
2. Sara received strength; this is faith’s decision.
3. Sara produced life-giving faith. 
• Additional observations 
   a. It was from life-giving faith that Isaac, the son of promise, was born.

D.
 Hebrews 11:17
1. Abraham
2. Abraham offered up Isaac accounting that God is able.
3. Abraham’s faith produced tried faith.
• Additional observations
   a. Abraham is mentioned twice in Hebrews because he is the father of faith.
   b. Abraham stayed with faith and what God said even when the test came.

 

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