I want you to turn in your Bible to Hebrews chapter 11 and as we look through this chapter, I want us to not get caught up in a lot of difficult details. I think this is a chapter that is going to be foundational for us. There's so many new people in our church, so many new Christians in our church, so many who need to understand the foundations of our faith. I don't want to make this complicated, I don't want to make it difficult. I'm not going to try to take you in to some kind of minute nuances of theology, but I want to embrace this chapter and I want you to embrace it in your thinking and in your spiritual experience because it is so foundational to our life as believers. We understand that we are saved by faith. We all understand that. "The just shall live by faith," which is essentially foundational teaching in Scripture. It is quoted back in chapter 10 verse 38, that's how the tenth chapter really ends. That is not the only place that that passage is quoted. That passage is taken out of Habakkuk chapter 2 and verse 4 but is repeated by the New Testament writers several other places as well because it's so very, very foundational.
So when we talk about salvation, we talk about the gospel, we're always talking about faith and that raises the question, "What is faith? What is the essence of faith? How are we to understand faith?" And that's why we want to look at this chapter. This chapter has been called "The Hall of Fame." It has been called "The Heroes of the Faith." It has been called "The Honor Roll of Old Testament Saints," "The Westminster Abbey of Scripture." It's been called, "The Faith Chapter," and perhaps other things as well.
What it presents to us is the power of faith...the power of faith...the excellency of faith. And I think that needs some clarification in the climate in which we exist today because there is a faith movement within the framework...large framework of evangelical Christianity. It is part of the Charismatic Movement, it's called The Faith Movement. And these people talk about the power of faith, they talk about the power of faith a lot. But when they're talking about the power of faith, they are creating a faith that doesn't exist. They're taking an impotent faith and trying to empower it....