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Exemplifying Faith (Hebrews 11)

Hebrews 11 is often called the Hall of Faith because there is a listing of so many people’s faith. In our context of the book we have been observing the author teaching about the faith we need to endure the suffering of life and the difficulties that come from following Jesus. These Christians have suffered for the cause of Christ. In our last lesson we read that these Christians endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being exposed to public insults, being mistreated, being put in prison, and having their property confiscated. So the author is working to encourage these Christians to continue forward with Jesus and to not give up. Chapter 10 ends with the encouraging words that “we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls” (10:39). Chapter 11 describes those who did not shrink back but had faith and are saved. Rather than examining each person in this chapter and how that person displayed faith in his or her life, I want us to be see the big picture that the author is using to overwhelm the reader…

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