Examples of Faith for Us to Follow (XIII)

August 4, 2010

“Faith for Life’s Highs and Lows”

Hebrews 11:35-36

Introduction

The Big Idea– It’s not easy to trust God in life’s mountaintop experiences or deep valleys, but it is necessary.

The Big Picture– The persecution of Christians had been becoming more common for several years (see 1 Peter 4:12-19).

(11:35a) There can be no more miraculous response to faith than for someone to be resurrected (for example, see 1 Kings 17:17-24; 2 Kings 4:18-37; John 11:21-27)

(11:35b-36) In its own way, to faithfully persevere through life’s darkest trials is just as miraculous.

The Bottom Line– Chuck Swindoll has said that life’s greatest challenges to our faith are: 1) adversity; and 2) prosperity.  Which is the hardest for you?

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