Believing

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on May 26, 2013
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Notes:


Hebrews 3:6-11
Israel in the wilderness remains an example of unbelief that is to be avoided. The generation that came out of Egypt did not enter into the Promised Land because of their unbelief.

Hebrews 3:12 and 13
Deceitfulness of sin hardens the heart so we are to help each other with encouragement to stay focused on the promises of God and to move forward.

Hebrews 3:19
Obedience and unbelief are connected as are obedience and faith.

Romans 10:19
Faith begins with the Word of God but is more than mental assent or positive confession. It always requires obedience.

Hebrews 4:1 and 2
The Word united with faith is the aim.

Hebrews 10:35-39
Faith endures until the end. We live by faith without shrinking back.

Hebrews 11:1
The object of the whole argument in this epistle was to keep those to whom it was addressed from apostatizing from Christianity and especially from relapsing again into Judaism. As the persons whom he addressed are from an Israel background and as the Old Testament contained an account of numerous instances of persons in substantially the same circumstances as they were, the reference is made to examples of faith in Israel’s history. The object is to show that faith, or confidence in the Divine promises, has been in all ages the means of perseverance.

Hebrews 11:4
True faith always has corresponding actions.

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– Faith is necessary to please God.

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– Noah believed what God said, not what he experienced or saw with his eyes. He acted by building the boat.

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– Abraham obeyed. Review Genesis 12:1-5.

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– They confessed about themselves the things that God told them. Their confession was not some positive made-up affirmation, rather the Word of God. They conducted their lives as if the promises of God were true and would surely come to pass.



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