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John is the under-shepherd of Agape International Church & Ministries Inc, Antioch, California and the President of Agape International Ministries Foundation, Inc (www.agapebfm.net) John has been a Preacher, Bible Teacher, Counselor and a mission-minded servant of God from 1984 till the present time. Married to Alice since 1987, he enjoys being a father to 2 sons and 1 daughter. He is available to preach, participate in evangelistic crusades and revivals, lead or participate in a Marriage Enrichment program internationally. John preaches on a weekly radio broadcast called "KNOW THE TRUTH" (Based on John 8:32)and the broadcast is aired every Sunday at Radio KDIA 1640AM. The broadcast is also accessible through the website of the radio station: www.kdia.com. You can follow him on twitter @agapebfm

Sunday, September 25, 2011


Series: Faith, The Heartbeat of an Authentic Christian Living

MEMORY VERSE: 1 John 5:4 (NIV) for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

Hebrews 11:30–31 (NKJV)
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. 31 By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.

Hebrews 11:30–31 (The Message)
30 By faith, the Israelites marched around the walls of Jericho for seven days, and the walls fell flat.
        31     By an act of faith, Rahab, the Jericho harlot, welcomed the spies and escaped the destruction that came on those who refused to trust God.
So far in this series we have studied about the following heroes listed in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11.
  1. Antediluvian period.
  • Abel
  • Enoch
  • Noah

  1. Patriarchal Period:
  • Abraham
  • Isaac
  • Jacob
  • Joseph

  1. Exodus Period:
  • Moses
Today we are going to study about:
  • Joshua
  • Rahab the prostitute.

Isaiah 55:8 (HCSB)
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
and your ways are not My ways.”
This is the Lord’s declaration.

Philippians 2:13 (HCSB)
13 For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.

Hebrews 11:30 (NLT)  30 It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down.

The word translated “faith” in this passage is the Greek word: πίστις pistis; from 3982; faith, faithfulness:—faith(238), faithfulness(3), pledge(1), proof(1).

Joshua 6:1–5 (NKJV)

Joshua 6:6–20 (NIV)

2 Corinthians 10:4 (NKJV)
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,

Matthew 19:26 (ESV)
26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Zechariah 4:6–7 (ESV)

Mark 11:23 (ESV)
23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him.

Jeremiah 7:23 (ESV)

1 Corinthians 1:25 (ESV)
 “There could be no trial run, no rehearsal to give confidence.”-- Philip H Hacking

Hebrews 11:31 (NLT)
31 It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

The name Rahab means:
Rahab #1 (ra’-hab) = Insolence; fierceness; (root = to rage; to be fierce; to make courageous). Job 9:13; Isaiah 3:5; Proverbs 6:3; Psalm 138:3. A poetic name applied to Egypt, Psalms 87:4 and 89:10; Isaiah 30:7 and 51:9. Arrogance.
The word translated Prostitute is the Greek word πόρνη pornē; prob. from πέρνημι pernēmi (to export for sale); a prostitute:—harlot(6), harlots(1), prostitute(2), prostitutes(3). Whore.

Acts 10:34 (ESV)
34 So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality,

1 Corinthians 1:27 (NKJV)
27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;

Romans 5:20 (NIV)
Joshua 2:6 (NLT)
Joshua 2:8–14 (NLT)
Hebrews 11:31 (NLT)
Joshua 6:23–25 (NLT)
23 The men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab, her father, mother, brothers, and all the other relatives who were with her. They moved her whole family to a safe place near the camp of Israel.
24 Then the Israelites burned the town and everything in it. Only the things made from silver, gold, bronze, or iron were kept for the treasury of the Lord’s house. 25 So Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute and her relatives who were with her in the house, because she had hidden the spies Joshua sent to Jericho. And she lives among the Israelites to this day.

Hebrews 11:31 (NLT)
31 It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

James 2:20–26 (NKJV)

Joshua 2:15–21 (HCSB)

Joshua 2:13 (HCSB)
13 that you will spare the lives of my father, mother, brothers, sisters, and all who belong to them, and save us from death.”

Joshua 6:25 (HCSB)

Matthew 1:4–6 (HCSB)

Joshua 6:23 (HCSB)
23 So the young men who had scouted went in and brought out Rahab and her father, mother, brothers, and all who belonged to her. They brought out her whole family and settled them outside the camp of Israel.

Romans 10:13 (LEB)
13 For “everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.”