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PATRIARCHS OF FAITH – Case Study of Abraham & Noah

TEXT: Hebrew 11:4-40

MEMORY VERSE: Hebrews 11:2 CEV                                                                                             

“It was their faith that made our ancestors pleasing to God.”

INTRODUCTION

The men of old, the patriarchs of ancient times, made a record and obtained witness to their high character and achievements only through faith. Likewise, we believers have been translated into the kingdom of God by faith and we continuously fellowship with God by Faith. We have the power of God on our inside to live a victorious life of great exploits for God through our belief in his promise and obedience to His instructions.

 

KEY ATTRIBUTES OF THE PATRIARCHS OF FAITH

Hebrews 11:4-35

  1. They gave their best to God
  2. Pleasing God was their priority; the will of God was the rule for their lives.
  3. Heroes of faith were diligent seekers of God.
  4. They lived a separated life for God.
  5. Obedience to God’s instruction.
  6. Living on earth as pilgrims and looking forward to a heavenly home.
  7. Reliance on God’s word despite their physical realities; they believed in the impossible.
  8. Uncompromising faith in the face of challenges
  9. They were unstoppable; they stopped the mouth of lions.
  10. They exemplified obedience of faith.
  11. They wrought victories by faith
  12. Faith stands even in the face of oppositions or afflictions Heb.11:25
  13. They joyfully anticipated the promise of God
  14. Patiently waited for the manifestation of God’s promises
  15. Patriarchs of faith were overcomers; they subdue nations by faith.

 

LESSONS FROM ABRAHAM AND NOAH

  1. We must believe God that He exists and that He rewards those who diligently seek him. Genesis 15:6; Galatians 3:6-9.
  2. We must have a consistent walk/fellowship with God; living a life of Faith. Genesis 6:9 (NIV); Genesis 12:1-4; Genesis 15: 1-7; Genesis 17:1-8
  3. Like Noah and Abraham, we don’t have to see before believing
  4. We must have unwavering trust in God and his word even when we cannot see the outcome. Genesis 7:2-5
  5. We must believe in the promises of God for our lives. Heb. 11:6,7,11
  6. Faith in God must lead us to obey God’s instructions and take action. Genesis 6:13-16,22; Gen 12:5
  7. Faith is required for us to conceive, birth and nurture our visions to reality Heb.11:12
  8. Like Abraham, we must be patient in faith to get the promise Heb. 6:12
  9. We must give our all to God. Genesis 22:1-12
  10. Stand firm in the face of opposition or challenges. Genesis 7:1, 2 Peter 2:5
  11. We must be conscious and ready for the coming of the Lord at all times. Mathew 24:36-39

 

CONCLUSION

The biblical faith centres on the person of God, it believes in the promises of God, and it follows God wherever He leads both in this life and in the life to come. The patriarchs of faith provide a history of God’s work through His people who trust Him in the midst of a dark and fallen world. What about us? Do we feel the weight of being His ambassadors in this generation? That what God is doing in us and through us right now as a church is God’s writing of History and continuing this hall of faith?

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