Today, I launch a sermon series on “the Attitudes of Enduring Faith” in Hebrews 11. By attitude, I mean the mind-set or outlook of faith. It refers to how a person of faith sees things in life by faith.
A key theme in the book of Hebrews is enduring faith in Christ. “For we share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end” (Heb. 3:14). We share in Christ, if our faith in Him is firm to the end. Thus, the sign of a true follower of Christ is faith that endures to the end. It is enduring faith, not short-lived faith. It is called perseverance. It is the “logo” of a true believer in Christ. Our faith in Christ must endure to the end. That is the Word of God for the New Year.
In Hebrews 11, the writer explains what this enduring faith looks like. But before that, he encourages his readers to hold on to Christ in Hebrews 10. This is the immediate literary context of Hebrews 11. The emphasis is on the responsibility of the believers to exercise their faith in Christ. They must do these things so that their faith will endure in Christ. In Hebrews 10:22, we are to draw near to God by faith. In v. 23, we should not waver, knowing that God is faithful. In v. 24, we must stir up each other to love and good works. In v. 25, we must keep meeting together, encouraging one another. In vv. 26-31, the writer warns us of God’s judgment if we keep on sinning after knowing the truth. In vv. 35-36, he urges us to keep trusting God. In vv. 37-38, he assures us that in a little while, Christ shall come. Finally in v. 39, he says that we are not those who shrink back from Christ. Rather, we are those who live by faith. Then he explains about this faith in Hebrews 11.
I have identified nineteen attitudes of faith of these people of faith in Hebrews 11.