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Heroes: Faith Changes Our Obedience

Today's Passage: Hebrews 11:8-10.
Read more about the call of Abraham in Genesis 12:1-9.

What is the biggest "leap of faith" you have ever taken?

Tell the group about a time you felt like a foreigner.

How do you think Abraham's family and friends responded when he first told them they were moving? What things can a family or friends do that will encourage our faith?

In your mind, what would be the most difficult aspect of moving to a foreign land?

Read 1 Peter 2:11-12. In what way are Christians "living in a foreign land"? As foreigners, what are some specific ways Christians should look and act differently from those around them? Why?

Abraham was called to go to a land that was his "inheritance". How would you describe the inheritance waiting for all who believe in Jesus? (Ephesians 1:11-14; 1 Peter 1:3-5)

Abraham was obedient because he was looking forward to his future with God. Why can reminding ourselves of the future help us be obedient in difficult times? What good things are you looking forward to in the future? How can your faith in those things help you ?

What step of obedience do you believe God is calling you to take right now? What obstacles are keeping you from obeying? How can this group help you take your next step?


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