Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph are examples of faith to us because they trusted God with things beyond their control.
Abraham is an example of faith to us because he trusted God even when it seemed doing so would make what had been promised become impossible.
Jesus' followers can say no to the immediate gratification of this world knowing that something better is waiting at home in Heaven.
The truth of the resurrection of Jesus captures the allegiance of of His followers.
A soul-sleep in the grave or conscious with Jesus: where do we go when we die and await the resurrection?