Great Cloud of Witnesses – The lesson on May 7, 2006 covers Hebrews chapter 11 & part of 12 and is a recap of the heroes of faith we are covering in the Old Testament study. Hebrews 12:1 states “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,” It’s a reminder that the walk we have as Christians is a patient race. The people listed in the passages demonstrated their faith by committing to their calling… even if it didn’t result in achieving what was promised. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. It was evident in their lives and sometimes carried undesirable earthly circumstances but they esteemed the riches of God a greater reward. The same should hold true for us. In 2 Timothy 2:11-13 (KJV) it says “It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.” This passage talks of works for inheritance vs. works for salvation. The lesson has a download so you should download it to assist your studies.