What does it mean to have faith? We often think of faith as a specific set of beliefs, sometimes called “The Faith,” or as confidence that something we hope for will happen. But it is more than optimism. Faith is a verb. It’s something we practice. And it’s something that can be learned. But where? What are the places where we learn to have faith? And what does faith actually do in those places? In this series, we remember characters of the Bible who practiced faith and we hope to learn what it means to have faith in those places. And why? Because sooner or later each one of us will find ourselves in the same place.

Week 1 “Abel & Enoch” 2 Corinthians 4:13-18. Rev. Steve DeNeff

“It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man… It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—‘he disappeared, because God took him.’ For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. And it is impossible to please God without faith.” –Hebrews 11:4-6a

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Week 2 “Noah”  Genesis 6:5-8:22. Rev. Chris Williams

It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God… and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.” –Hebrews 11:7

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Week 3 “Abraham” Genesis 12:1-9. Rev. Chris Williams

“It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land…He went without knowing where he was going and even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner…” –Hebrews 11:8-9a

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Week 4 “Sarah” Genesis 17:1-2, 15-22. Rev. Steve DeNeff

“It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise.” –Hebrews 11:11

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Week 5 “Isaac” Genesis 22:1-14. Rev. Steve DeNeff

“It was by faith that Isaac promised blessings for the future to his sons, Jacob and Esau.” –Hebrews 11:20

 

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Week 6 “Joseph” Genesis 50:22-26. Rev. Steve DeNeff

“It was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt.” –Hebrews 11:22a

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Week 7 “Moses’ Parents” Exodus 2:1-10. Rev. Matt Beck

“It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months when he was born. They saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king’s command.” –Hebrews 11:23

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Week 8 “Moses” Exodus 3:9-20. Rev. Steve DeNeff

“It was by faith that Moses…refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin…It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.

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Week 9 “The People of God” Joshua 6:6-20. Rev. Alex Mandura

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Week 10 “Witnesses” Hebrew 11:1-2, 6, 32-40. Rev. Steve DeNeff

“It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice…they shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength… others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection… they were too good for this world…” –Hebrews 11:32b-34a, 35b, 38a

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Week 11 “Jesus” Hebrews 11:1, 12:1-3. Dr. Judy Crossman

“…Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” -Hebrews 12:2b

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