This week, Pastor Chris continued in our Romans series teaching on the inspiring faith of Abraham. Chosen from a pagan culture far from God, Abraham became the prototype for how we are saved today- by faith through grace. Thousands of years later we still look at his faith journey to understand how we come the Lord, by faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection.

• A prototype is someone or something that serves as a model or inspiration for those that come later.

The Faith of Abraham

Romans 4:1 (ESV)
What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh?

Genesis 12:1–3 (ESV)
1 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

God Promised Abraham Three Things
• Land (:1)
• Nation (:2)
• Blessing (:3)

Genesis 12:4 (ESV)
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.

Galatians 3:9 (ESV)
9 So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

Romans 4:1 (ESV)
What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh?

John 8:39–42 (ESV)
39 They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham’s children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, 40 but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. 41 You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father—even God.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me.

Romans 4:2 (ESV)
For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.

Ephesians 2:8–9 (ESV)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Romans 4:3 (ESV)
For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”

• Forsaking All I Trust Him
• Faith is a belief and trust in God based on evidence but without total proof.

“We have a God who delights in impossibilities. And with him anything is possible. So if our God delights in impossibilities, so should we. But it’s hard when we only seem to have eyes on lost opportunities or closed doors.” Billy Sunday

“You are as young as your faith and as old as your doubt.” Samuel Ullman

Galatians 3:6–7 (ESV)
6 just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”? 7 Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham.

Genesis 15:1–6 (ESV)
1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2 But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” 4 And behold, the word of the LORD came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” 5 And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 6 And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

Romans 4:4–5 (ESV)
4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,

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Luke 5:32 (ESV)
I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

The Faith of David

Romans 4:6–8 (ESV)
6 just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: 7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; 8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

Proverbs 28:13 (ESV)
13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

Our Invitation to Live by Faith

Romans 4:9–12 (ESV)
9 Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? For we say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. 10 How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. 11 He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, 12 and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

Hebrews 11:6 (ESV)
6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

“Faith is not a once-done act, but a continuous gaze of the heart at the Triune God. Believing, then, is directing the hearts’ attention to Jesus. It is lifting the mind to ‘behold the Lamb of God,’ and never ceasing that beholding for the rest of our lives.” A.W. Tozer

Hebrews 11:8–12 (ESV)
8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. 11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.

Hebrews 11:17–19 (ESV)
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, 18 of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 19 He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.


Discussion Questions:

  1. In what ways does Abraham’s faith inspire you or encourage you in your current circumstances?
  2. How does Romans 4 impact your understanding of God’s promises to you?
  3. How does Romans 4 challenge or confirm your view of faith and works?
  4. What practical steps can you take to develop faith like Abraham’s?

**Discussion questions derived from Bible Hub (https://biblehub.com/questions/romans/4.htm)**

Application Questions:

  1. This week, sit with the Lord and ask Him how you can continue to walk in faith? Are you living in faith? What areas of your life or situation you can trust God more fully? What are some hindrances that come to mind?


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