Teaching Outline Week 29

The Joy in Responsibility

(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews)

Commentary

The Faith of Abel and Enoch

Hebrews 11:4-6 

Outline 

Through example, we will explore the meaning of verse 6; “without faith it is impossible to please God.” We will answer the question, “What is it to please God?” We begin to see the role of faith in the life of every believer. We are saved by faith… we are justified, sanctified, and glorified by and through faith. If God is pleased, it is our faith at work. No wonder faith is a gift from God.

Example One: Abel’s sacrifice

            Abel’s sacrifice was accepted and commended by God through faith:

  • God and Abel communed by faith
  • His life of faith still speaks 

What verse 4 says about Abel:

  • Life that testifies of faith
  • Righteous before God

Verse 4 points to Abel’s faith not the physical sacrifice offered. It is common to think that Abel’s sacrifice pleased God only because it was a blood sacrifice. Remember though, God required a blood sacrifice years later of the Levitical priesthood under the Law. The focus of our author is faith!

Example Two: Enoch’s translation

God allowed Enoch passage from the earthly to the heavenly realm by faith:

  • God and Enoch communed by faith
  • His life of faith still speaks

What verse 5 says about Enoch:

  • Life that was rewarded
  • Life that pleased God 

Genesis states Enoch “walked with God”. Our author now makes clear that walking with God is a life of faith. Enoch through faith believed God, loved God, and wanted to be with God. This is a heart attitude that pleases God.

Definition of Faith (Vs 6) –

  • Believe that God exists
  • Believe that God rewards those who draw near (by faith)

LIFE APPLICATION:

Only in faith can our obedience please God.

Our faith reflects who God is.

The better I know God, the deeper my faith becomes.

What is it to please God? Draw near to God. Know your God… like Enoch walk with your God. Your faith will reflect God’s excellence. Your faith will proclaim God’s greatness. God’s rewards will be yours, and this pleases God!

Teaching Outline Week 28

The Joy in Responsibility

(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews)

Commentary

One Life to Live

Hebrews 11:1-3 

Outline 

It is now obvious that the author of Hebrews desires that we all live a life that loves without being discouraged about the cost.

Americans watch the world from a comfortable seat in an amusement park. Comfort and Love are opposites in the mind of our author. Hebrews 10:34 For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. 

Faith (vs 1) 

What is faith?

–          Assurance of things hoped for

–          Conviction of things not seen 

People of Faith (vs 2) 

What does faith look like?

–          Faith has action

–          Faith receives commendation 

Life of Faith (vs 3) 

Do I have faith?

–          Molds my world view

–          Evidence points to God 

Life Application 

Faith only comes from a personal encounter with God

–          Scriptures

–          Prayer

–          Service

Faith is the objective grounds upon which subjective confidence may be based. Such faith springs from a personal encounter with God. This kind of faith enables one to venture into the future “supported only by the word of God.” Such faith “has the capacity to unveil the future so that the solid reality of events as yet unseen can be grasped by the believer.”[1]

 

 

[1] David L. Allen, Hebrews, The New American Commentary (Nashville, TN: B & H Publishing Group, 2010), 543.