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Xtreme Faith 10
“Faith of Martyrs, Xtreme Hope”

Hebrews 11:36-40 ~  10/11/2020
Dr. Scott T. Arnold ~ First Baptist Church of Los Angeles, CA


INTRODUCTION:  Faith is the “X” factor:

  1. that recognizes trials as a discipline of refinement.
  2. that helps us bear loving witness to overcome hate.
  3. that gives us hope for something better from God.


I.
Faith to face persecution  (Hebrews 11:36-37)
36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted, and mistreated—


II. Faith not bound by the world or places. (Heb. 11:38)

  1. The world of man’s corruption is passing.  (38a) 38 the world was not worthy of them.
  2. The home for God’s people is the Heavenly Kingdom. (38b) They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.


III. Faith for today and hope for tomorrow. (Heb. 11:39-40)
39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

  1. Faith is sufficient for today’s strength and blessings. (39)
  2. Hope comes with God’s sure promise of something better. (40a)
  3. Hope will be realized in salvation and redemption (40b)


Conclusion:

  • Extreme faith gives us strength to face each day with God’s presence.
  • Extreme faith is rooted in God’s power to fulfill His promises.
  • Extreme faith will help you become the child of God you were meant to become because God is at work.

Scripture Passage:

​     36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted, and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.
39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.  (Hebrews 11:36-40)


Questions for Discussion:

  1. The early church went through many severe trials and persecution.  What trials and persecution are believers going through today around the world?
  2. Here in our city and neighborhood, in the places you work and live, what trials are believers going through?
  3. What is the responsibility of the church to help bring relief to people when times become difficult with food and basic shelter?
  4. What is our hope according to the writer of Hebrews?
  5. How does the Lord give you strength from day to day to face the challenges and trials of living?

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