Here is a good way to increase the encouragement you receive from worship and the word when we gather tomorrow morning at Koinos.  Read and pray over the text ahead of time.

This week it’s Hebrews 11 again.  Last week the sermon focused on what faith is, “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  This week the focus will be on how to “live by faith” as we are commanded in passages such as 2 Corinthians 5:7, “walk by faith, not by sight.”

Pay close attention to Hebrews 11:6, “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.”  With this verse in mind, read through the rest of the chapter and consider the many examples given.

Ponder how these people did what verse six says.  In what ways did they have assurance of unseen things, believing that God rewards those who come to Him?  Consider what hard things they did in obedience to God.  Consider where their motivation came from to obey in the hard things.

God calls all believers, including us, to live with this same motivation fueling us.  What hard things has God put or allowed into your life where you must do something hard or obey in an extreme, or not so extreme, way.  How can the motivation of faith in God’s promised rewards fuel your obedience?