Hebrews 11 is commonly referred to as the roll call of faith and is the most familiar chapter in the book. The first verse of the chapter is seen by many as a great definition for saving faith. Although the verse gives us great information on what saving faith looks like, a definition of faith could never be contained in one verse. Saving faith is a gift from God and the key to our salvation. To get to the heart of what the author of Hebrews is seeking to communicate in this chapter, we need to look at the chapter in the context of the whole letter. He is writing to a group of Hebrew Christians that have been facing some escalating persecution. And in the future, the persecution would only increase. Some would even lose their lives for the sake of Christ. It seems that Hebrew Christians to whom the author had addressed this letter where slipping back into the Judaism. They had faced some difficulty and reverted to their former religious traditions. The writer of Hebrews is urging them to focus on Christ because He is all they need to not only save them from their sins, but to sustain them in the face of persecution. Christ is everything! In chapter 11, the author focused on the kind of faith that is required to stand firm in the face of persecution. It is a type of faith that has Christ and His work as a foundation for future promises. It is a type of faith that has spiritual eyes to see the unseen spiritual realm of God’s power that is working for His glory and the good of the church. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 ESV) After giving this definition, the writer gives a long list of Old Testament examples that have displayed this type of faith in God. For while they did not fully understand what God would do in the future, they trusted him and His promises and lived faithful lives. Beginning Sunday, November 5, we will look at Hebrews 11 in the morning sermon time. Join us for this series and allow the words of Scripture to strengthen your faith. If you are unable to attend or live in another area, you can catch the sermon through video each week at: https://vimeo.com/anthonylangley

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