Faith Hall of Fame in the Bible: Key Bible Verses Examined


Lord’s Library editors created this introduction to the Faith Hall of Fame in the Bible, a phrase used to describe Biblical figures mentioned in Hebrews 11.

The Faith Hall of Fame in the Bible is a phrase used in some Christian circles to describe Hebrews Chapter 11, a chapter that catalogs the lives of several Biblical figures known for their extra-ordinary faith in God. This chapter is essentially a spiritual heritage list, showcasing the impact of living a life in service to the Lord.

The chapter opens with a concrete definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” This foundational Scripture sets the tone for the entire chapter, underlining that faith requires a complete trust in God’s direction, even when not immediately visible. Verse 2 adds: “For by it the elders obtained a good report.”

And Hebrews 11:3 expands: “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

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Faith Hall of Fame in the Bible

The first character highlighted is Abel, the second son of Adam and Eve. Abel’s demonstration of faith through his righteous offering to God is mentioned in Hebrews 11:4: “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.”

According to Genesis 4:4: “And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:”

Through a unique relationship with God, Enoch is another notable figure mentioned. His deep faith is illustrated by the fact that he did not experience death but was taken directly to heaven: See Hebrews 11:5: “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”

Genesis 5:24 simply states: “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”

Noah’s own faith was put to the test when he was instructed to build an ark in preparation for a coming, catastrophic flood. His obedience is a hallmark of faith as we see in Hebrews 11:7: “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”

Noah’s actions not only saved his family but also established a new covenant with God. Learn more in our Noahic Covenant introductory guide.

Often called the father of faith, Abraham is also prominently featured. His journey of faith began when he obeyed God’s call to leave his homeland without knowing his destination, a true leap. See Hebrews 11:8: “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.”

See Genesis 12:1-4 for the source of the Scriptures mentioned: “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.”

The Abraham story in the Bible is a testament to the blessings that follow real trust in God’s providence.

Abraham’s wife Sarah, despite her initial doubt, also displayed extra-ordinary faith in God’s promise of a son, despite her advanced age. See Hebrews 11:11: “Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.”

The Sarah story in the Bible highlights that faith can bring about miraculous outcomes against what look to be impossible odds.

The chapter concludes by reflecting on the collective legacy of these individuals, noting that none of them saw the complete fulfillment of God’s promises in their lifetimes, yet they maintained their faith. See Hebrews 11:39-40: “And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.”

Hebrews 11 serves as a reminder of the enduring strength and significance of faith. Each member of the so-called Faith Hall of Fame in the Bible in this chapter exemplifiy a life anchored in the promises of God. It’s stories like these that are designed to inspire us to stay steadfast against whatever our challenge may be, for if we remain, we have eternal glory waiting for us.

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Tim is the Founder of Lord's Library. He believes the Bible commands us to minister "as of the ability which God giveth" (1 Peter 4:11). Tim aspires to be as The Lord's mouth by "taking forth the precious from the vile" (Jeremiah 15:19) and witnessing The Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15: 1-4) to the whole world.

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