September 14, 2014

By John Ulrich, Senior Pastor

Hebrews 11:29-12:2

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1)

Biblical Faith Is:

  1. Based on God’s goodness
  2. Always a response to revelation
  3. Always leads to risk

Where is our diving board when we need to jump? Sometimes it is a big risk to obey and follow God. Maybe faith itself is our risk. Walking by faith always leads to risk.

Hebrews 11 lists folks/heroes who risked for faith.

Are these risks way out of our league or applicable to our lives?

Look at some categories of risk here that relate to us:

  1. Noah used all his resources and spoke up for his faith.
  2. Abraham moved his household and put his child at God’s disposal.
  3. Moses risked speaking the truth and left material excess.

Faith is found in the space between what we know what God wants us to do and His reward for us. We need to count the cost because walking by faith always leads to risk.

Why should we take the risk of walking by faith?

  1. Because eternity depends on it. (John 3:16)  Do I really have to walk by faith? Scripture always calls us to a life of faith.
  2. Because God has promised to reward our faith. He is a rewarder of those who seek him (Heb.11:6), perhaps not always in this life but definitely in eternity.
  3. Because it is our turn – to take our place in the list of people who walk by faith (Hebrews 11).

These people are all part of the history (larger story) of people walking by faith. We are built on the foundation of these people in Heb. 11 who walked by faith. And the story goes on in modern history. It is our turn now!

It’s time to consider seriously, “Where are our risk areas in our lives?”