What Does Faith Look Like?
DOWNTOWN PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
JANUARY 20TH, 2019
HEBREWS 11:8-22 – WHAT DOES FAITH LOOK LIKE?
· Hebrews 11:1 gives us a definition of faith: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
· The writer of Hebrews uses the call of Abram (Abraham) as an example of faith. Genesis 12:1-3, “Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
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· Westminster Shorter Catechism (our question and answer summary of belief) question 86 defines faith as the following: “Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel.”
1. Throughout this passage we see that faith remembers God’s promises. We need constant reminders of God’s word to us and we often “misremember” by telling ourselves other stories. What story is on repeat for you? How do you think this is shaping you?
2. Faith looks forward to God’s future city. This future reality shapes our today – in this sense, we live towards a goal or an end in our lives. What are you living towards? How do you see this in your daily life?
3. Regarding Abraham, one commentator says, “The invisible God was so real to him, and his word so sure, that Abraham did not hesitate to obey. He left what others called ‘certainties’ for what they call ‘uncertainties.’” Where might God be calling you to leave behind the world’s “certainties” and embrace God’s “uncertainties”?
4. How does the definition of faith as “receiving and resting” upon Jesus Christ give us hope for all the ways we fall short?