LOOK UP Part 5: Established In the Faith
Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16
Theme: To grow in the faith, believers are invited to imitate their faith forefathers by looking beyond the temporary world to the eternal God.
1. Read Hebrew 11:1 – 3, 8 – 16. What part(s) of the passage speak to you or catch your interest? Why?
2. How do you describe/define ‘faith’?
3. How would you explain faith to your family? Friends? Children?
4. What do you think the writer meant when he wrote, “This [faith] is what the ancients were commended for”? Do you think someone would commend you or give a good report about your life of faith? Why or why not?
5. Ponder this thought for a moment: God made everything, from nothing. Everything. How does that make you feel when you think about the obstacles, challenges, problems, difficulties, sorrows you face? Why?
6. Read verse 8 - 10, focusing on the first portion of verse 9: “By faith, he [Abraham] made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country: he lived in tents….” What does this mean to you? What is significant about this verse to you?
7. How do verses 8 – 10 speak into your life? Or the way you live? Your family lives? We as a body of believers live?
8. Verses 13 – 16. “They admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things are looking for a country of their own (13b-14). What do you think the focus was of their faith?
9. What is the focus of your faith?
10. How is God inviting you to pray?
Study Challenge Week 5
There are two texts per day. One way to worship God intentionally is twice per day, with one verse in the morning and one in the evening.
First, be silent in prayer for 1 minute.
Second, thank God for 2 specific things.
Third, invite Jesus to speak to you by asking these 3 questions.
1. What am I learning from these passages about faith?
2. Who is He inviting me to share this with?
3. How is He speaking to me during these times of worship?
Finish in prayer for yourself, your family, your neighbors, your co-workers, your church.
Monday: Hebrews 11:1-16 and Romans 15:1-7
Tuesday: Ephesians 1:7-10 and James 3:13-18
Wednesday: Colossians 4:2-6 and Job 19:25-27
Thursday: Hebrews 9-10 and John 17
Friday: Psalm 24 and Jude 1:24-25
Father, we have a hope that is unfailing. Help me bring this hope to a world desperately in need of it, and let my life shine with it. May I remember that light chases away darkness, joy bears fruit, and love wins every time.