SERMON OUTLINE

Sermon Outline: Hebrews 11:8-12

Xtreme Faith
“Faith in God’s Promise and Provision”

Hebrews 11:8-12 ~  8/9/2020
Dr. Scott T. Arnold ~ First Baptist Church of Los Angeles, CA


INTRODUCTION:  Faith is the “X” factor

  1. to personally know the provision of God’s grace
  2. to trust in the promise of God’s loving covenant
  3. to experience the power of God’s Holy Spirit”


I.
The Xtreme Faith of Noah (11:7)

7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith


II. The Xtreme Faith of Abraham. (11:8-12)

  1. Faith to Obey God and Go into the Unknown (8)
    8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed, and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
  2. Faith to make your home with strangers (9)
    9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.
    1. Being an immigrant, trusting God in a foreign land)
    2. Living in tents
    3. Several generations of nomadic faith (Isaac & Jacob)
  1. Faith in the City of God to come (10)
    10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
  2. Faith in God’s power to fulfill His promises (11)
    11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.
  3. Faith in God’s provision of a legacy (12)
    12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.


Conclusion:

  • Extreme faith is a matter of trusting and obeying God. 
  • By faith we discover the ways God fulfills His promises.
  • By faith we discover God’s faithful provision.

7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith
8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed, and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.  (Hebrews 11:7-12)

Questions for Discussion:

1.  If you were Noah, or his family, what would have made it difficult to build the ark?  Why was their faith “extreme”?

2.  How can you relate to Abraham in a time you moved to a new city, state, country, or new workplace, church, or school?

3.  What did God call Abraham to do as a stranger in a foreign land?  How does this relate to us or to others we meet?

4.  What extreme faith do we learn from Abraham and Sarah waiting upon God’s timing and provision for a child?


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