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Hebrews 11:1-4, Genesis 4:1-5

Hebrews 11:1-4, Genesis 4:1-5

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1. Introduction

(a) “Hall of Fame” : a building that contains images of famous people and interesting things that are connected with them

(b) “Hall of Faith”: a virtual Biblical building that contains images of ordinary people and their commendable acts of faith

(c) Author, To Whom? Where? When? and Why?

(d) Highlights: The superiority of Christ, his present position, his continued work and his eminent return as judge

2. What is Faith? What does it do?

(a) What is Faith? (Hebrews 11:1): “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

(b) What does it do? (Hebrews 11:3): “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”

3. The Faith of Abel (Hebrews 11:4)

(a) The narrative of Cain and Abel gives us the first account of an offering to God (Genesis 4)

(b) What was offered revealed the hearts of the brothers— Cain careless and Abel careful.

(c) In essence Abel knew what was appropriate as and offering to God and walked in obedience to it, which was commended to him as faith (Hebrews 11:39,40)

(d) Abel’s span in human history may have been short, but his act obedience of echoes through the Hall of Faith (Matthew 23:35)

4. The Christ of Abel (Hebrews 12:24)

(a) Abel too was in need of salvation, his obedience and shed blood was a shadow of the perfect obedience of Christ and by whose shed blood we are all saved (Hebrews 10:12-14)

(b) It is by faith we believe what we have not been witness too, and hold fast to his promise of being justified (Hebrews 2: 3b, 4)

(c) It is by faith we believe that our eternal home is being prepared and we will enter the eternal rest (Hebrews 4:8-11)

5. Take Away

Evaluate how you are offering what you are offering to the Triune Lord