Faith that Takes Hold

Pastor Jay continues the series on Hebrews with this week’s sermon “Faith that Takes Hold” from Hebrews 11:17-31.

Hebrews 11:17-31 (ESV)

By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones. By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel. By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days. By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.

Faith takes hold of salvation.

  • Faith trusts God to save the dead.
  • Faith trusts God to save Abraham’s faith children.
  • Faith looks beyond death to the promised salvation.
  • Faith risks for the good of salvation.
  • Faith prefers the reproach of the savior.
  • Faith endures because it sees the God who saves.
  • Faith trusts God’s means of salvation.
  • Faith experiences God’s salvation.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Share about what you trust in.
  • In what ways should faith trust in God according to today’s passage?
  • In what ways is the reproach of Jesus greater than what this world offers?
  • What is a Christ-follower able to look forward to after death?