Valley Bible Academy – St. John's Lutheran Church

God’s Gift Of Faith

12th Sunday After Pentecost :
Date: August 16, 2015


Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good
testimony. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the
word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things
which are visible. 8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out
to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not
knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as
in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with
him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for the city which has
foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 11 By faith Sarah herself also
received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past
the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore
from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of
the sky in multitude; innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore. 13
These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen
them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that
they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such
things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had
called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would
have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a
heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for
He has prepared a city for them.

Theme: God’s Gift Of Faith

I. Definition of faith (1)
II. Examples of faith (2-3)
III. Results of faith (8-16)