Kids Lesson: The Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11)
The Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11)
God kept His promise to send the Messiah—His own Son, Jesus—to rescue people from sin. Jesus is the true hero of the Bible. He gives us faith. We can look to Him because in Him, all of God’s promises will come true.
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Bible Story - The Hall of Faith
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The writer of Hebrews explained that faith is being sure that what we hope for will actually happen. Faith is obeying God because we trust Him. By faith, we believe that God created everything from nothing, just by speaking! Many people in the Bible had faith, and this pleased God. Abel had faith when he gave an offering to God, and God accepted his offering. We must have faith in order to please God. By faith we believe that He exists and that He rewards those who trust in Him. Noah had faith too. He obeyed God by building an ark to rescue his family. Noah warned other people because he trusted that God was telling the truth when He said a flood was coming. God was pleased with Noah. Abraham had faith when God called him to leave his home. Abraham did not know where he was going, but he obeyed God. God made promises to Abraham, and Abraham believed that God was going to keep His promises. Abraham’s wife Sarah had faith. She trusted God to give her a family even though she was too old to have children. Sarah was 90 and Abraham was 100 when they had their son Isaac. Abraham and Sarah went on to have many descendants. God gave them a family as numerous as the stars in the sky. Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses had faith. Rahab had faith when she hid the Israelite spies in Jericho. King David had faith too. All of these people trusted God, and so did many others. Having faith was not easy. Many of these faithful people suffered, and they all died before God’s greatest promise—the arrival of Jesus—came true, but they believed that God had a wonderful plan. God was pleased with them because they trusted Him.
Christ Connection: God kept His promise to send the Messiah—His own Son, Jesus—to rescue people from sin. Jesus is the true hero of the Bible. He gives us faith. We can look to Him because in Him, all of God’s promises will come true.
Bible Story Summary
People who love Jesus live by faith.
Faith is when you believe something that you have not seen.
Many people in the Bible had faith and believed that God had a wonderful plan to send a Savior.
Name a time when you had faith— when you believed something you had not seen.
Who gives us faith?
Why is Jesus the only true hero of the Bible?
- Choose one of the people of faith listed in Hebrews 11. Research that person as a family by reading about him or her in the Bible.
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Ask children, “If I said [scenario], then what would you do?” Guide children to play out their response. Use the scenarios provided or create your own scenarios that require faith.
There’s a wild lion on the loose! (run and hide)
There’s a parade outside our window! (go look)
There are cupcakes at the table! (sit at the table)
There’s a gift for you under the chair! (go to the chair)
There’s smoke near the ceiling! (drop to the floor)
We were just pretending together, but if there were really smoke in the building, you would have to trust me and do what I say to get to safety. When you trust that someone loves you and is telling the truth, you do what they say! God loves us and always tells the truth, so we can trust Him and do what He says. That’s faith! Listen to today’s Bible story to learn more about faith.
Elementary Discussion Questions
Help your kids find Hebrews 11. Ask the following questions:
What is faith? (being sure that what we hope for will happen, Heb. 11:1)
What trait tied all the Old Testament heroes together? (their faith, Heb. 11)
Are faithful people rewarded with happy, easy lives? (No, having faith isn’t always easy; Heb. 11:36-37)
What is the reward God gives for faith? Guide kids to see that God’s rewards are bigger than material possessions, fame, glory, or power. Instead, God promises eternal life with Him in the perfect world Jesus will bring when He returns.
Why is faith important? Help the kids understand that faith is the means by which God provides us salvation, grows us to be more like Jesus, and works His plans through us.
Who are people in your life who have great faith? Guide kids to think about the men and women they know who have demonstrated great faith. Direct them to consider their parents, the pastors and elders of your church, and the ministry leaders and volunteers they interact with each week.
Close with this: God works mightily through people who have faith in Him. God uses people even though He doesn’t need us. When we have faith, God gives us power through the Holy Spirit so that we can be a part of His mission to spread the gospel to all nations.
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