The faithful of old in this chapter did not gain God's approval through repetitious religious
trappings, but rather by living their faith. Their stories challenge us to emulate that kind of faith
in our lives on this earth.
From last week's lesson, which of the "let us ..." exhortations has meant the most to you?
Read the author's definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1. Rewrite it in your own words.
How did the faithful of old receive God's approval/commendation?
How do current teachings on the formation of the world challenge your faith?
From verse 4, how are these faithful of old still speaking?
Discuss the faithful of old mentioned in verses 4-31 and how they demonstrated that faith.
People crossing the Red Sea
Those at the Wall of Jericho
Rahab the Harlot
What is impossible without faith?
What two things are necessary for those who come to God?
From verse 13, what did these faithful of old not receive?
The faithful of old were able to persevere because they were longing for a better country -
a heavenly one. How can we better see ourselves also as aliens and strangers on earth as
God was not ashamed to be called the God of those living by faith. In our lives today, how
can we bring glory to God instead of shame?
How could Moses have considered abuse suffered for the Christ greater wealth than the
treasures of Egypt?
Of the events endured because of faith in verses 32-38, which is most amazing to you?
As great as these faithful of old were, what do we receive that they did not receive?
What has God planned for us together with them?
PERSONAL CHALLENGES FOR THE WEEK
Share a current great story of faith.
Consider the greater blessings we receive from God than those in our lesson today
Think about ways that you can continue growing in your faith.
Women IN God's Service
The Study of Hebrews - "Living By Faith" (lesson 10)
Ladies Bible Class Lesson, 6 March 2001
West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, Arkansas