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Pastor P.C. Jacob speaks from 2 Peter 3:18 this Sunday. After, he leads the congregation into a time of prayer for one of our members who had become sick.

Pastor P.C. Jacob speaks on the passage, Hebrews 11:5-6.

Hebrews 11:1-4

Everyone has faith. Faith is the heart of life. Faith is only as valuable as the object of our faith.

True faith is simple obedience to and believing God’s word in spite of circumstances or consequences. It is the simple reliance upon God who is known to be trustworthy. This reliance upon God enables the believer to treat the future as present and the invisible as seen. Faith is described in a two-fold way. It is the “substance of things hoped for,” and “the evidence of things not seen.” again, the word “sub stance” means literally ‘to stand under or to support.’ Faith is the foundation that gives the believer the confidence to stand. “faith is the confidence of things hoped for.” Another word describing what faith is, is “evidence” and it means “conviction.” Now faith is the sub stance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. This inward conviction enables the believer to believe things not yet seen, that God will do what he has promised. That is the conviction that only faith can bring. What biblical faith does: Hebrew writer explains this through the life of heroes of faith.

Abel’s faith in God led him to Reverence

The Message translation says, “By an act of faith, Abel brought a better sacrifice to God than Cain. It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference.” The difference was faith. Cain wasn’t rejected because of his offering, but his offering was rejected because of Cain: his heart wasn’t right with God.” God isn’t interested in routines and rituals, he wants relationships! Abel’s faith in God developed into a genuine love and reverence for God which, in turn, translated into an acceptable sacrifice of heartfelt worship.

Abel’s faith also led him to righteousness.

“Through his faith he won God’s approval as a righteous man, because God himself approved of his gifts” While I’m sure Abel was a very moral, honest, God-loving person, it’s important to pay close attention to the wording of this verse: “he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts” (ESV). You see, it’s not that Abel was righteous by virtue of his own goodness or morality, but because God commended, or declared, him as righteous. Because of his faith in God, the Lord pronounced him righteous. Biblical faith will always lead to righteousness. But righteousness shouldn’t be thought of as a way of life, rather it’s a state of being, a status or condition. In other words, being righteous means being right with God—being accepted by God.

Abel’s faith also led to resentment

Cain had apparently grown jealous and bitter toward his younger brother Abel. And so, the Bible says, “While they were out in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him” Genesis 4:8 Cain hated the fact that Abel was accepted by God, yet he wasn’t. Resentment of Cain is the reflection of his character. 1 John 3:12

Abel’s faith has ultimately led to his remembrance.

The Bible reminds us that, “Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith” Hebrew 11:4 We don’t know whether or not Abel had any children, but he unarguably left a legacy. What kind of legacy will you leave? How will you be remembered after you’re gone? Faith is meant to be passed down; it’s meant to be shared! What will your legacy be? Your faith is a gift from God—what you do with it is up to you!

This past Sunday's sermon is brought by Pastor Thampy Mathew, a pastor based in Atlanta, Georgia. Pastor speaks from 2 Chronicles 20.