Heroes of Faith
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
It is common to think of faith as something that is just within us—trust and confidence in God. While that is surely part of it, faith doesn’t stop there. Faith starts inside of us and always leads to action.
The writer of the Book of Hebrews wanted to explain the fullness of faith to the early Jewish Christians. One of the best ways he could do this was to walk through examples of how men and women in the Old Testament had proven to be faithful. The result is Hebrews 11, often known as the Hall of Faith.
Abel had faith when he gave an offering to God, and God accepted his offering. Noah had faith. He believed God when God told him to build an ark to rescue his family.
Abraham had faith when God called him to leave his home. Abraham’s wife Sarah had faith when she trusted God to give her a family even though she was too old to have children. Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses had faith too. Rahab had faith when she hid the Israelite spies in Jericho.
All of these people trusted God, and so did many others. Having faith was not easy. Many suffered, and they died before God’s greatest promise—the arrival of Jesus—came true, but they believed that God had a wonderful plan. God was pleased with them because they trusted Him.
This week, share the examples of these heroes of faith to help your kids understand faith in action. We can and should learn from these examples; that is why God gave them to us in Hebrews 11. However, emphasize that every person in this list was a sinner in need of salvation. Each of these heroes needed a greater hero. Point your kids to the perfect hero who rescues us from sin: Jesus.
The Bible gives examples of people who had faith, but the true hero of the Bible is Jesus. Jesus looked forward to the joy that would come because of the cross. Because of Jesus, the things the faithful people in the Bible looked forward to will come true. We know that Jesus will come back one day because God always keeps His promises.
Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.
KEY PASSAGE: 2 Corinthians 5:17
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- Who changes us? God changes us to be like Jesus.
BIBLE STORY: HEROES OF FAITH
- Faith is believing something you have not seen.
- The Bible tells us about people who lived by faith.
- We can have faith in God’s good plan.
- Jesus helps believers have faith.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- What does having faith mean?
- Who are some people in the Bible who had faith? How did they show it?
- How can we trust in God?
- Use the Bible cross-references in Hebrews 11 to locate the Bible stories about the people mentioned. Read several of the stories as a family.
- Think of people you know who have shown great faith. Write them a letter or send a card commending their faith and telling them how they encourage your family.