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Ross Shelton: Learning to Live by Faith (Hebrews 11:32-38)
Ross Shelton, pastor of First Baptist Church in Brenham, Texas describes his sermon:
My sermon on Sunday was on Hebrews 11:32-38. In this passage, we see numerous examples of people who lived “through faith” during some big challenges. What I found most interesting and helpful was the different ways God worked through faith in their challenges.
For some, God provided the victory over their challenges. These are the stories we love to hear and need to hear. They are inspirational and encouraging. The challenge is that sometimes these are the only stories of faith we hear. That is, we only hear one note of faith.
What about the times when our challenges don’t turn out the way we hoped? The other section of these verses talks about how God works through faith when the difficulties don’t go away or even when people die.
My hope is that these verses provide a fuller picture of faith. Therefore, my two key ideas from these verses are the following:
• Through faith, God can give you victory over your biggest challenges.
• Through faith, God can sustain you through your biggest challenges.
This sermon was delivered on April 28, 2019 during the contemporary morning worship service of First Baptist Church in Brenham as part of a series on Hebrews 11 titled “Without Faith It Is Impossible to Please God: Learning to Live by Faith.”