I. AN OUTLINE OF THE CHAPTERS 10:19-12:29
The Superiority of Believers' Privileges
Faith that Saves, 10:19-25 (taking action: exhortation)
Faith that's Disingenuous, 10:26-31 (the road backward: warning)
Faith that's Full of Hope, 10:32-39 (the road forward: encouragement)
Faith that's Genuine, 11:1-3 (what faith is)
Faith that's Godly, 11:4-40 (how faith behaves)
Faith that Perseveres, 12:1-29 (when faith endures)
II. AN OBSERVATION OF TODAY'S PARTICULARS
v4, Abel's sacrifice
v5, Enoch's walk
v6, (the pleasure of God)
v7, Noah's fear
v8, Abraham's call
v9, Abraham's sojourn
v10, Abraham's expectation
v11, Sarah's conception
she was past age, v11b
the way of women had ceased, Gen 18:11
Sarah laughed to herself, Gen 18:12-15 (Gen 18:9-10)
"She is my sister." Gen 20:2 (Gen 12:11)
considered Him faithful who had promised, v11c
God is faithful, Heb 6:13; 1Thess 5:24
She considered, Heb 10:29
received power to conceive, v11a
power, δύναμις (DOO-nam-is)
-- a. Luke 1:35
-- b. Acts 1:8
conceive, καταβολή (ka-ta-bo-LĀ)
-- a. "foundation"
-- b. 1 Pet 1:18-20
-- c. Eph 1:4-5
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As always I claim no originality but will quote, cite, refer, etc. to various sources including Sproul, Hendriksen, Nolland, and many others.