Sermon preached on 2019-11-03 by Rev. Sarah Harrison-McQueen. Worship series, "A Season of Saints." Sermon, "Cloud of Witnesses." Hebrews 11:1-2, 11:32-12:2
By faith, by faith, by faith… the long line of forefathers and foremothers unfolds in this passage, declaring God’s powerful deeds done by means of their faith. If the author of Hebrews wrote this passage today who else might be named? Would it include people like Martin Luther King, Jr. or Mother Teresa? Would it also include people who carried the faith to you? Parents, siblings, and friends who walked with you by faith through a challenging time. Aunties who disclosed God’s marvelous works in their lives and cousins who held your hand in hushed prayers under the night’s sky. How many thousands of pages would be filled if we listed all of the names of ordinary people who lived by great faith? This great cloud of witnesses, the ones we personally know and the ones whom we’ve only read about, are cheering us on. One day we too will be part of this cloud of witnesses.
- How are you now carrying faith to others?
- How can you be the one who tells others of the glory of God, the relative who holds out a hand in prayer, or that friend who walks by faith alongside another?
- Who is in your great cloud of witnesses?
- What are the feats of faith that you’ve seen in your own life?
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