Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the Week: Wanted: Risk Takers
Saturday, April 12, 2014
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"Where there is no risk, there is no faith," says Jamie Snyder in Wednesday's reading. Jamie then quotes Hebrews 11—the first verse of our study passage: "Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see" (NIV). This verse is then followed with flesh-and-blood example after flesh-and-blood example of Old Testament heroes who lived out that kind of faith—who risked everything for the future promise of a coming Messiah. And fortunately for us, the Messiah has come! With our risen Messiah guiding us (Heb. 12:2), we have the incentive and the power to step forward each day with courageous, risk-taking faith.
What are some ways the people in chapter 11 demonstrated their faith?
According to 11:33-38, what kind of risks did people of faith encounter?
According to 12:1, how should the "huge crowd of witnesses" in the previous chapter impact the way we live?
In 12:1, we are told to "run with endurance the race God has set before us." How is it possible to keep running amid difficulties and challenges? (See 12:2; Isa. 41:10; Eph. 6:10; Phil. 4:13; Col. 1:11.)
Finish this sentence: "It is by faith that I am able to … "
Key Study Passage:
Spend Time in Prayer: Thank God for those Christians who have shown you how to live by faith. Pray for three or four friends who need God's strength to stand strong amid current adversities. Ask God to help you take a risky step of faith.
Faith in Action
11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
5 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. 6 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.
7 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 is in keeping with faith.
Prayer for the Week
Dear Jesus, since your true followers throughout the ages took great risks to live a life of faith, may I be willing to do the same.
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