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By Faith Gain God's Approval

By Faith Gain God's Approval (Genesis 4: 1-8; Hebrews 11: 1-6) preached on 27 January 2019 at 9:30 by Alastair Bolt
Sermon 2 in the series Faith

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Genesis 4:1–8 (Listen)

Cain and Abel

4:1 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD.” And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a worker of the ground. In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.”

Cain spoke to Abel his brother. And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him.

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Hebrews 11:1–6 (Listen)

By Faith

11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. 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.

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Sermons in the Series Faith

1 Resting in Faith
2 By Faith Gain God's Approval
3 Counter-Intuitive Faith
4 Leave, Move and Never Settle
5 Faith Strengthened, Tested and Bequeathed
6 Non-Conformist Faith
7 Faith Actualised
8 On the Victory Side
9 Mighty Men and Women of God
10 Energised, Ambitious, Alienated, Prevailing, Significant
11 Looking unto Jesus

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