FAITH MADE PERFECT. The Development of Abraham’s Faith GENESIS 12-25. Faith Must Grow. Faith can be made perfect by works of obedience James 2:22-24 A living faith is a growing faith A living faith is an active faith The lesson of Luke 17:5-10 :
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FAITH MADE PERFECT The Development of Abraham’s Faith GENESIS 12-25
Faith Must Grow • Faith can be made perfect by works of obedienceJames 2:22-24 • A living faith is a growing faith • A living faith is an active faith • The lesson of Luke 17:5-10: • Our faith will increase if we do what God says! • Abrahamis our example of faithRomans 4:1-3, 9-12, 16 walk in the steps of the faith • God counted him righteous because of his faith
Abraham’s Faith • 12:1-3 promises of v.2-3 conditional uponcommandofv.1 • By faith Abraham obeyed Heb. 11:8 • 12:7-8 He worshiped God when he arrived • 12:10 He went to Egypt instead of staying in Canaan • 12:11-13 He protected himself with deception • 12:14-15 He received many gifts under false pretenses • 12:16-13:2 He left Egypt very wealthy
Abraham’s Faith • 12:16-13:2 He left Egypt very wealthy • 13:14-18 specific land promise “Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.” • By faith he dwelt in the land of promise Hb 11:9 • 14:18-24 faith to give a tithe to Melchizedek • Depended on God for his well-being • Sought for God to be glorified • 15:1-6 He believed God’s descendant promise • 15:7-8 He questioned God’s land promise • 15:9-21 God provided evidence for his faith
Abraham’s Faith • 16:1-2 Sarai (and Abraham) tried to fulfill God’s descendant promise her way • Problemsthenv.4-6 and laterv.10-12 • 17:1-27 acovenantwith God • Greaterpromises and blessings (Isaac) • A higher level of commitmentandfaith (circumcision) • Even new names • 18:1-15 Sarah’s skepticism • replaced by faith Hb 11:11-12
Abraham’s Faith • 18:16-33 Abrahamintercededwithfaith • 20:1-18 Abraham still protecting himself his way • His faith is not yet perfect Jm 2:23 • Still caused problems • 21:1-13 Isaac is born • 22:1-18 Abraham offers Isaac in obedience to God We will worship and we will come to you • Believed God would raise Isaac from the deadHb 11:17-19 • 23:1-20 He invested in the future Hb 11:13-16