This sermon series will encourage us to live beyond the normal limits of life and experience the unlimited power of God on a regular basis. Based on the lives of the Hebrew heroes of the Old Testament, we will learn to overcome our barriers, conquer our fears, realize our goals, and start over when we fail.
Week 1 (07.05) – Abraham: The Journey of Faith – Click here for this week’s study guide.
This week we are looking at the courageous faith of Abraham and breaking down his journey of faith. Faith is the key that unlocks the power of God in our lives. It enables us to live by His promises and experience His blessings in our personal lives. The first reference to believing in God is in story of Abraham. His journey of faith started at the age of 75. Although he did not live a life of perfection he is known as the paragon of faith, a friend of God, the forefather of Israel, and was credited righteousness. Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible, and receives the impossible.
Week 2 (07.12) – Jacob: Overcoming the Obstacles – Click here for this week’s study guide.
Week 3 (07.19) – Joseph: Starting Over, When it All Falls Apart – Click here for this week’s study guide.
Have you ever felt that you lost your sunshine? Like you were in the pit of despair? Or as if God has forgotten you? You are not alone! While these experiences are unavoidable, we can learn from Joseph that no matter how deep we may find ourselves in “the pit”, God’s grace is deeper. Let us discover how God takes our oppositions and uses them for opportunities – how He takes our set-backs and uses them as set-ups for something beyond our wildest dreams, and how God fulfills His promises despite the series of disasters that may occur. Faith is the key that unlocks the power of God in our lives… especially when it appears that we are surrounded by hopelessness.
Week 4 (07.26) – Moses: Faith that Chooses and Refuses – Click here for this week’s study guide.
A person with courageous faith is someone who is not shaken by circumstances; someone who may experience fear but does not live in fear; someone who is secure and strong no matter what. This type of faith is not limited to the “super heroes” in the Bible or the “super saints” of today but this faith is available to all. Instead of reacting to circumstances, we are called to make decisions in advance. This preparation allows us to be courageous when situations arise because our faith is based upon God’s promises, not on our own fear or comfort.
Week 5 (08.02) – Joshua: I Will Serve the Lord – Click here for this week’s study guide.
God does the extraordinary and impossible out of ordinary people. He is calling us to do great things, but they are often difficult and we can struggle with His calling. We are afraid, uncomfortable, challenged, and sometimes lost in our own self-constructed clutter of daily responsibility; however, someday, in some way, at some time, God will speak to us clearly and we will once again become aware of His faithfulness and His Presence in our lives. That is when the impossible will become possible. What it comes down to for us as God’s children is a simple choice: Will we choose to serve ourselves, or will we choose to serve the Lord? Joshua was one to say, “As for me and my house, I will serve the Lord”.
Week 6 (08.09) – Gideon: Zero to Hero – Click here for this week’s study guide.
Courageous faith requires believing that God will do the impossible things with your life regardless of your fears, feelings of inadequacy, or lack of resources. We see this all throughout the Scriptures, and especially with Gideon. Since Gideon was obedient to God, God took his ordinary life and used him to do extraordinary things. He went from being a zero to being a hero! He went from being a “nobody” to be being mentioned in the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11. What God has done through Gideon, He also wants to do for you! Listen to Him carefully; there is a good chance that He is calling you, so be ready to say “YES”!