“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”
Faith is not just a matter of belief, but a matter of behavior based upon belief. Righteousness is by faith, and without faith, it is impossible to please God. As followers of Christ, we should look to the example of those in the Bible, and live by faith every minute of the day!
- What areas of your life are you lacking in faith?
- Is difficult for you to surrender “control” of your life and live by faith?
- Why is it impossible to please God without faith?
- How would you explain to an unbeliever why God doesn’t just care about your “good works?”
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?