FAITH looks at the life story of Abraham through the lens of his faith. Hebrews 11 says Abraham acted “by faith” 3 different times, and more is written in the faith chapter about him than any other person in the Bible. Join us this summer as we study the life, character, and faith of someone Romans 4:11 calls the “father of faith.”
James 2:23 (NIV) Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.
Genesis 18:22-26 (NIV) The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord. 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” 26 The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
John 15:15 (NIV) I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
2. Obedience (submission)
Genesis 18:27-28 (NIV) Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?”
John 15:7,14 (NIV) If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you…14– You are my friends if you do what I command.
Proverbs 17:17 (NIV) A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
James 4:4 (NIV) You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
John 15:9, 12(NIV) As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love…12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.