How to Faith-Week 3 // Unmarketable Truth // Pastor Kate Murphy

Scripture:  Hebrews 11:17-31

Dear Church,

This Sunday we turn again to the famous ‘roll call’ of faith in Hebrews chapter 11 as we continue to explore ‘How to Faith.’  According to Jesus, faith in him as Lord and Savior leads us to deny ourselves, pick up our cross and follow him–we’re calling this the L9:23 principle (because you can find this teaching in Luke chapter 9, verse 23, get it?)

But what does that look like?  Well, the preacher in Hebrews helps us imagine our future by looking back to the lives of our spiritual ancestors.  This week, he asks us to consider the time Abraham agreed to sacrifice his only son Issac, Moses’ parents put him in a basket and launched him out onto the Nile River in a desperate attempt to save his life and Rahab preserved the lives of enemy spies by sheltering them in her home.

Here’s the truth the preacher refuses to hide from us:

     Faith in Jesus requires real risk taking.

     At times, trusting God is terrifying.

     The gospel is clear about this,

     We must know, expect and embrace this risk if we truly desire to follow Jesus.

This is a sober and unsettling truth–come and see why it is, indeed, the narrow path that leads to wholeness and salvation.


Pastor Kate

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