By Faith – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week Pastor Deric continues the series ‘No Turning Back’ with a message called ‘By Faith’ From Hebrews 11.

1. The assurance of faith

2. The people of faith
3. The exploits of faith
4. The patience of faith
5. The cost of faith
6. The ancestry of faith
ICEBREAKER: If you could start a charity, what would it be for?
1. How does Hebrews 11:1-3 clarify what faith is [11:1], how faith is rewarded [11:2], and how faith affects our view of life’s origins [11:3]? What difference do various views of life’s ultimate origins make on a person’s perspective on life [cf. Genesis 1:1; Romans 1:20; and Colossians 1:16-17]?
2. Hebrews 11:6 is a key verse in this chapter. How necessary is faith, who is the focus of our faith, and what results from faith [cf. Psalm 19:1-6; John 14:1; Acts 17:24-28]?
3. Examine the stories of Abel [Genesis 4:1-8], Enoch [Genesis 5:21-24], and Noah [Genesis 6:8-22]. What did each do to demonstrate his faith? What resulted from their faith that encourages us to live similarly?
4. Hebrews 11:8-12 recounts the faith of Abraham and Sarah [Genesis 15; 18:1-19; 21:1-8]. What was their faith based on [cf. Romans 4:13-18], how did they show their faith, and how was their faith ultimately rewarded?
5. The author of Hebrews observed in Hebrews 11:13-16 that the patriarchs never saw the fulfillment of God’s promise. Yet, they still looked forward and remained faithful. How does this help you persevere in your faith journey [cf. John 8:56; Philippians 3:20-21; 1 Peter 2:11; and Revelation 21]?
6. Hebrews 11:17-19 recounts Abraham’s sacrifice of his promised son [cf. Genesis 22:1-19]. What do you learn about faith from this story [cf. James 2:21; James 5:10-11; and 1 Peter 1:6-7]? What do you learn about who God is and what He can do?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.” (Oswald Chambers)