Hebrews 11 - Coggle Diagram
The Christian's hope Is not of this world
All of them died before the promises are fulfilled
Set your mind on things above - because we are playing for things not in this world
1 Cor 15:19
If our hope is only in the world, which is temporal - we are to be pitied
1 Jo 2:15-17
We are called not to love the goals in the world
The reality of following Christ is suffering for the sake of a future hope; it is the carrying of the cross to win a future crown
Foreigners; don't "belong" or "fit in"; have different cultures and identities, both physical, intellectual and social
Nomads and hitchhikers; constantly on the move
3 Key Features
They do not concern themselves with the affairs of the countries they are in
We have a clear goal: we are playing for our lives and the lives of the people around us in this world - while we are here
They don't root themselves in the world, looking for lasting sustainability on this earth
We are looking for our home country
God is not ashamed to be identified with them
Because they sought their own country - the heavenly inheritance
When we see God in His majesty, will He deny us as strangers or affirm us as His own?
God tests the faith of His people
We are put through trials that our faith will bear fruits of praise, honor and glory to God
To weed out false faith - superficial faith that cannot stand the tests of time even though outwardly they may be greatly related with the works of the gospel
James (2:21) notes that it was the outward working of faith that justifies itself before God, not just professing lip-service faith
To rid lukewarmness
Rev 3:16,17 - To many I love, I rebuke
True believers that have no desire or poorly motivated to obey God - He will not leave us to be just mediocre, just warm enough to take the tag of Christians but not enough to be of service to His kingdom
To help us refocus away from distractions
Things that are of God which we become preoccupied with to the point to forget God
How does He tests us?
Gen 22 - God tests Abraham
It was a test of love for God - do you love me more or do you love the things you have more: your students, your juniors, your own time, yourself?
v2: Test of love
Take your son, your
, whom you
him as a burnt offering
Love is seen in sacrificing the most valuable thing to us at the altar of God
Test of obedience
This is what the Lord says...
Did He say it or did he not?
Loving each other
Studying the Word together
Test of perspective
Hebrews 11:19 - Abraham concluded that if God gave him Issac once, He can give him twice.
It is not unreasonable to think of God's calling deeply and rationally - based on God's Word
When tested, Abraham obeyed
Do we obey?