The Substance of Faith

Hebrews 10:39-11:12 | Sermon Resources | 18 February 2024

Sermon Summary

Pastor Billy continues in our Hebrews sermon series coming this week to the “faith chapter” (Hebrews 11).  In the sermon we will explore what real faith is all about. 

Discussion Questions

1. In what area of your life (a situation,  a decision, a relationship, a challenge) are you struggling to walk by faith?  How so?

2. Verse 1 says that faith is the “conviction of things not seen.”  What are those unseen things and why can’t we see them apart from faith?

3. Looking at all the examples of faith in this passage, which one gives you hope and encouragement in your current situation?  How so?

#1 Faith is how we see.

4. How does this passage correct someone who understands faith to be “believing something you know isn’t really true”?

5. Discuss this loose paraphrase from CS Lewis: “Faith is not about believing despite our reasons; it about believing despite our feelings.” 

  • How has this been true in your own life? 
  • How does this passage offer encouragement?

#2 Faith is how we live.

6. Read Hebrews 10:39.  

  • What does it mean to “shrink back”? 
  • How can we keep from shrinking back?
  • Which examples of faith in our passage most demonstrate this idea of not shrinking back?

7. What might begin to happen in your life if God gave you a greater measure of courageous faith?

#3 Faith is how we please God.

8. Read Hebrews 11:6. 

  • Why will our works never be enough to please God?
  • What role does faith play in pleasing God?

9. Thinking about one person in your life, what is one thought or idea from this week’s sermon you could share with them to encourage them?

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