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biblestudy: Hebrews (Part 13)

Hebrews 11:4-28
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 05-Jan-88; Sermon #BS-HE13; 85 minutes

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The faithful in Hebrews 11 exercised three levels of faith: (1) Faith that motivates (2) Faith that provides vision, and (3) Faith that brings understanding- accumulated incrementally by calculating or adding up the evidence God has provided for us. Abraham, the father of the faithful, did not have a 'blind faith,' but it was based upon observation of God's proven track record of faithfulness. Like Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, or Moses, we are also called upon to give up a relatively stable life (the seeming 'rock solid' certainty of the world) and embrace the tenuous life of a pilgrim, soberly calculating or adding up the certainty of God's promises- based upon God's proven faithfulness in our life- relying on the motivation, vision, and understanding of an incrementally developed mature faith.

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Abel Abel's sacrifice Calculation Conviction Essence Evidence Faith Faith that motivates Giving up Heir to the world Hypostasis Isaac Jacob Joseph Kingdom of God Knowing god Marriage Moses Pattern of behavior Pilgrim Relationship Sarah Trust Understanding Vision

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