BY FAITH NOAH!

“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 comes by faith.” Hebrews 11:7 What does it mean to have a holy fear? Hebrews 11:7 says that Noah, “in holy fear” built an ark to save his family. When Noah was warned about things “not yet seen,” speaking of the impending judgment by God, he went to work, believing that it (the rain) would happen. And with such faith, Noah was able to save his family and a few animals from the flood that destroyed all other life upon the earth! Against all the ridicule and harassment that he must have faced from the people of his day, Noah forged ahead in faith. He built the ark which became his place of rescue and safety from the judgment. And this ark was not any ordinary boat! The ark was 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. It had a door on the side with three stories of stalls and living space for his family and … [Read more...]

Walking with God

“By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:5-6) Hi Team: Have you ever thought about what it would be like if you did not have to die to leave this world? A few years ago while visiting with my Grandparents in North Carolina, the subject of their age and heaven came up in the same conversation. My Grandfather quickly said, “I’m not planning on dying, I’m just going to let Jesus come get me instead!” I agreed with him; And now it has been years since that visit, and my grandparents have long gone on to meet Jesus. But, I still think about his words; and I’ve thought them myself at times. But the truth is, unless Jesus does come back within our lifetime, we … [Read more...]

Abel

“By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did.  By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings.  And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead.” (Hebrews 11:4) Hi Team: This week we will study Hebrews 11:4 and the example of Abel.  You will remember Abel was Adam and Eve’s son who offered unto the Lord a pleasing sacrifice.  It was his favored sacrifice that led to his death by his angry brother, Cain.  “In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD.  But Abel brought fat portions from some of the first-born of his flock.  The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast…Now, Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”  And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.”  (Genesis 4:3-5; 8)  Nothing is said in Hebrews 11 or … [Read more...]

Faith

Hey Team! This week we will begin our summer series entitled, "By Faith: The Heroes of Hebrews 11." Together we will explore the meaning of "faith" from the Bible and see the examples of those who God chose to lift up as having exemplary faith. In our world, we hear the term, "faith" used quite frequently. If a person is said to be a Church attender and believer of God, he is referred to as a "person of faith." Often it is the "person of faith" who is held in high regard in times of crisis. But what is the meaning of this word, "faith?" According to Webster's Dictionary, faith is "the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another; firm and earnest belief on probable evidence of any kind; belief; belief in what is given forth as a revelation of man's relation to God and the infinite; a settle conviction in regard to religion; a system of religious belief; that which is believed on any subject, whether in science, politics, or religion; a doctrine or system of … [Read more...]

Worship-A Way of Life! (Part 3)

"I will show myself holy among those who are near me. I will be glorified before all the people." Leviticus 10:3 The New Testament seems sets forth a three-fold purpose for worship in the church: To Exalt God To Edify the Church To Evangelize the World Exaltation is the believer's ministry and responsibility to God, involving thanksgiving, praise and worship. Ephesians 5:19-20 says, "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Gather for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Edification is the believer's ministry to the body of Christ, involving teaching, encouraging, and discipling. Colossians 3:16 says, "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God." Evangelism is the believer's ministry to the person who does not know … [Read more...]

Worship–A Way of Life! (Part 2)

"I will show myself holy omong those who are near me. I will be glorified before all the people." Leviticus 10:3 God's ongoing presence with his children called for them to draw near to him and to worship him. (Exodus 29:45-46) From time to time, God would allow the Israelites to get a glimpse of his glory. And when this happened, they were overwhelmed with his majesty. The tabernacle was the place where God lived among his people. It was in that place of worship that God drew near to them and directed them along the way. (Exodus 40:38) (The cloud and the pillar of fire were other reminders of God's presence and leading with them.) Moses was given clear instructions for building and maintaining the tabernacle. The worship of Almighty God required considerable preparation and obedience. The same is true today. God has instructed us to honor his name and to worship him. In order to worship God the way He requires, we must know him and walk with him in complete obedience. God … [Read more...]

Worship–A Way of Life! (Part 1)

“I will show myself holy among those who are near me. I will be glorified before all the people.” Leviticus 10:3 During their 40-years of wandering, God’s people were not always able to bring sacrifices to the Lord, yet God was always faithful to them! Years later, after the people had become prosperous, they turned away from God and began to serve other gods. It was the prophet Amos that came with this message to God’s people… "I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies. Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.” The Lord was sickened by their religious practices. Although they were very religious on the outside, God’s people had turned cold and sinful on the inside, rejecting God’s word altogether. Jesus dealt with this same issue when He was … [Read more...]