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The Bible Teacher’s Guide, Abraham: Living the Life of Faith

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Over 4,000 years ago, God called a man named Abraham to begin a wonderful journey of faith with him. Abraham was a pagan who worshiped idols; however, he left his home, family, and security to follow God. Abraham lived in a dark time where most no longer believed in the true God. It was the same way Paul described the pagan world of his day. In Romans 1:21–23, he says:

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

The people of this world knew God but turned their backs on him. They suppressed the truth of God because of their love for sin (cf. Rom 1:18, John 3:19–20). It was in this dark world that Abraham began to follow God and declare his praises. Because of his steps of faith, God called Abraham to be a centerpiece in his plan to redeem the earth (Gen 12:1–3). All nations would be blessed through Abraham, as he was the father of Israel—God’s priests—and the great grandfather of Jesus—the one who gave his life to save the world (John 3:16).

Because of Abraham’s great faith, he is called the father of all who believe (Gal 3:7). Though our faith journey is unique, we encounter many similar trials and tribulations, joys and victories, as Abraham, and like him, we are called to be lights in a dark world that denies God (Matt 5:14–16). As we study Abraham, we learn how to faithfully live our life of faith.

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