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Sermons from Faith Presbyterian Church, San Antonio, Texas

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Trust: From East of Eden to Ararat

Last week, we entered the foyer to the Gallery of Trust and learned Hebrews 11:1-3 does not “define” faith/trust; it tells us how trust functions. If scripture defined trust, our sin natures would strive to mimic what God alone gives as a gift.

Instead of defining faith/trust, scripture gives us a grid to view what trust does until we see Jesus face to face. The grid of vv. 1-3 was this: (1) trust measure the present against the future; (2) trust measures the visible against the invisible. We learned that trust is found at that point where your wishes and demands slam head-on into what God wills for you and his Word promises and commands.

Today, in Hebrews 11:4-7 we will look at the portraits hung in the first room this morning, the Antediluvian (pre-flood) Room, in which Abel, Enoch, and Noah are portrayed. There is a progression in the theme of trust in the three portraits: (1) In Abel we see trust worshiping; (2) in Enoch we see trust walking; and, (3) in Noah we see trust working. We will briefly glimpse Noah this morning and return to him in our next study.

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Entering the Gallery of Trust

Hebrews 11:1-3 is the foyer to the Gallery of Trust that follows in the rest of chapter 11. In these first three verses, we see some statements about the nature of faith/trust; we see something of what trust does: (1) trust measures the present against the future; (2) trust measure the world against God; and, (3) trust measure the visible against the invisible.

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Framework of Faith

This passage teaches us two things about salvation from the Lord into which those declared to be righteous faithfully trust: (1) God’s saving acts are glorious (2-7); and, (2) God’s saving acts are personal (8-16).

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The Nature of Faith

Habakkuk 2:1-4 teaches us that faith and righteousness before God are permanently welded together. What we will learn today by unpacking 2:4 is: (1) there are two kinds of believers; and, (2) the New Testament give us three contexts in which to examine the nature of faith.

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The Object of Faith

Habakkuk 2:1-4 teaches us a principle that is repeated three times in the New Testament, “the just shall live by his faith.” Faith demands an object. Today we will review what Habakkuk knew about the object of his faith: (1) God and his promises are eternal: and, (2) God and his promises are good.

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The Acts of God – from Theory to Practice

Today’s message is brought to us by Elder Bernard Briscoe. Where in the Bible does it say that the believers did “nothing”. The Holy Spirit gives us faith, hope, and love, but where is the outpouring of by believers into our world?

Our scripture this morning is Hebrews 11:1-38.

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