Faith Risks (FaithWorks 2)
Prayer, Psalm 56
Children, Joshua 2 (Rahab)
Message, Hebrews 11.8-22
Review, on Hebrews:
written to remind people facing a time of trial that
we are people of faith ... and faith endures
faith is substantial, it has objective content because it ties us to God
and all God’s promises
“The righteous will live by faith” (quoting Habakkuk)
Abraham’s story, 3 specific episodes of faith, how it took on substance
all 3 involve risk
Dad: Do not let your past/present keep you from your future
Abraham’s more difficult calling: to leave what was GOOD
Our move here ... but we got to arrive, Abe did not!
He remained a stranger, an outsider for life
Do not romanticize: urban dweller to tent dweller, nomad
looking for a “CITY with foundations”
life of RISK
city and country were well beyond his life time & he knew it
Looking forward, with our children
I just want to be around to see my son graduate.
I just want to be here for my granddaughter’s wedding.
Jacques Ellul: Christian calling
“understand and dominate the present from pov future ...”
Abraham’s great failure ... those who risk often fail often
Attempted the path of polygamy – safe, conventional
but got back on course with faith, risk, wait
through one son, and one only, “as many as the stars of heaven”
Rudyard Kipling, “If”:
If you could make one heap of all your winnings ...
Departure and Descendants
has given up so much
has received the beginning of the promise
now asked to give up even that
gave up the past, now to give up the future
Jesus invites us to follow him in giving all,
to follow him to the cross,
to follow him to death.
“If any want to become my followers,
let them deny themselves
and take up their cross daily
and follow me” (Luke 9.23)
Christ will be the Savior of his servants.
Christ will have no servants except by consent;
Christ will not accept anything except full consent
to all he requires.
Christ will be all in all, or he will be nothing.
Jacques Ellul, The Presence of the Kingdom
Rudyard Kipling, “If”
The United Methodist Book of Worship and The United Methodist Hymnal, Covenant prayer service resources