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The Assurance of Faith

Series: Believe

 Today, we’re in Hebrews 11 - it’s been called the hall of fame of faith. In vivid detail, these verses describe the essence of faith. Since we’re focusing on God’s promises during September, what better place to begin than here?

What Faith is Not:

  1. It is important to understand that faith is not a personal power we possess to create our own future reality or world.
  2. Faith is the ability to trust the future that God has promised you in Scripture.
    1. It is a trust that perseveres through the difficulties of life - looking ahead to a future time in eternity with God, when all of this is behind.

Hebrews 11.1 - The Nature of Faith

  1. 11.1 - Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
  2. 11.1 - Faith is a noun that describes belief, trust, or confidence. A settled reality.
  3. 11.1a - the assurance of things hoped for.
    1. Assurance means “essence,” “reality,” or “substantial nature”
  4. These promises were so real and the revealing of those things so reliable that people built their entire life around them.
    1. The heroes in Hebrews 11 exercised faith in what was promised.
    2. We too have staked our entire eternal destiny on the reliability of Scripture and the reality of God’s promises. What has this done for us?
  5. 11.1b - the conviction of things not seen.
    1. Conviction means “evidence” or “proof.”
    2. 11.7 - Noah was moved by conviction.                                                                                 

Hebrews 11.2 - The Testimony of Faith

  1. Hebrews 11.2 - for by it the people of old received their commendation.
    1. The great heroes of faith lived by their faith.
      1. 11.4 - Abel believed God and followed through.
      2. 11.5 - Enoch believed God so much that he didn’t die.
      3. 11.7 - Noah believed God and saved the world by building the ark.
  2. God’s word is what makes our faith real. See Acts 7.56.

Hebrews 11.3 - An Illustration of Faith

  1. 11.3 - By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
    1. This verse provides us with a foundation for the faith that looks forward.
    2. Genesis 1-2 tells us how God did it.
  2. We can trust the same God who spake all these things in existence is now presently preparing a place where we will be with Him forever.

Conclusion:

  1. Romans 8.24-26 - saved by hope. If you really believe God’s promises are real - you’ll patiently move forward in faith.
  2. Hebrews 11.13-16 - If you don’t have faith, what do you have? Nothing.
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