Hebrews 10 was about …
Exhort one another as long as it’s called today
1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
2 For by it the people of old received their commendation.
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.
4 By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.
5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God.
6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
7 By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
9 By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.
10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.
11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.
15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return.
16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son,
18 of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.”
19 He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.
20 By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau.
21 By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones.
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,
25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.
26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.
27 By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.
28 By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them.
29 By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.
31 By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.
32 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets-
33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.
35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life.
36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.
37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated-
38 of whom the world was not worthy- wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised,
40 since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.
Gained what was promised
Some of them didn’t get hat they were promised
I watched so and so get blessed…where’s mine?
What is He trying to accomplish in my life?
God is still good and just
Both sides were faithful regardless of ending
Accepted by faith
Put ourselves up against this chapter as a community
Do I have these same characteristics?
v. 7 – Noah condemned the world and built a boat
Do the circles we walk in ask the question: are you blending into the world, the mindset
I need to get all my happiness in life now
If I don’t get it, I can’t be happy
v. 8 Abraham went without knowing his route
Dwelled in tents, nothing permanent
Do the circles we walk in see you as one of their own?
v. 23 Moses’ parents rebelled against the king’s edict
They took the risk of going against the king
This was a person that could act as a deliverer
v. 38 the world was not worthy of them
They all had a viewpoint of who God is
v. 1 Their faith was sure
Being sure translated as something you can stand under
v. 6 acted in holy fear
Get to new city in chapter 12
Constant looking at
Gives you hope
Abraham and Sarah laughed, Moses questioned, Israel, Rahab was a prostitute, David adulterer and murdered, Samson got suckered
They all had faith
Maybe my struggles aren’t so bad
So what if I don’t have faith 100% of the time
Mark into the sea
If I pray for this person’s healing and they don’t get healed, it’s my fault
Maybe I don’t have enough faith or I’m not doing it right
Faith-o-meter wasn’t high enough
Mustard seed is really small
My faith is mixed with doubt
Smallest of seeds
Faith starts with the smallest act/step
Then it begins to touch every part of you
You start to recognize His voice
Develop your own faith as you walk with God
Your faith increases in you to the point where it takes you
Doubt is ALWAYS mixed in, no matter where you are
Isle Royal in Lake Superior, 50 miles across
High ridges revealed swampy, trailless messes
It must be possible to get through this valley because somebody else has gone through
Four packs, no people, people come back warning of moose up ahead
Sometimes Hebrews 11 is like that
It can be done
I can remain faithful
You see people with mixed faith and doubt
We hope the medication can help us
Faith is belief + unbelief + acting on the belief
Looks like a mustard seed, but it grows
Faith isn’t a sucker punch infusion from the Holy Spirit
Consider the lillies and the birds
Filled with worry and anxiety, you’re not considering thise who have gone before
v. 6 without faith you can’t please God
Abraham obeyed God and went out
How do you want to be remembered?
Were you the one who didn’t hold on to resentment, who forgave people?
Great Grandma Wealthy Amelia Sommers
Always had a nickel is her hand for Crush
Walked down to the corner store
Sit down and have chocolate cake with Orange Crush
One of the richest people in his life
House on a dirt road
Acted in a way that she gave of herself to her family and her church
Husband was horrible
Had people over, fed them
Died with $78 to her name
The world was not worthy of her mindset
She was condemned by the world
She was a part of Hebrews 11
What does the world do with a person like Wealthy?
When we’re born
Naked and laid out on the palm of a parent
Have to wave at everybody, everyone’s got a Buick
Never rich according to the standards of the world
Don’t know what to do with Ernie and Loretta
Why aren’t you traveling like the rest of us?
I want to serve my grandkids and my church
Dad was a senior pastor for so many years and he’s been stabbed in the back so many times you’d think he had scars
He tried to revolutionize the church in the 80s, let’s sing choruses only
Sometimes churches think they need to split
If more than 50% don’t want me, I’ll go
The 48% starts their own church to sing hymns instead of just choruses
Leader of that church was sick and Ernie was the first one at his side
The church has stabbed in your back and we understand if you don’t want to serve it
The church is the greatest gift in the world today
As I watch you grapple with life, I see faith the size of mustard seeds
We can remain faithful because those before us were faithful
And if our God is for us than who could ever stop us
And if our God is with us than what could stand against