Sermon Notes

 

“Trust for the Future” series – Part 7 (9/29/19)

Hebrews 11:23-29

Intro: Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather silver and gold.” (NJKV)

When we come-of-age, there often is a struggle with who we are and who we’re going to be…Moses struggled with the similar questions:

Read Hebrews 11:23-29

I. Moses Chose to Identify with God’s Name

  • Moses had an identity crisis (of sorts)
  • He knew the stark contrast between the two worlds
  • He made a decision to identify with God’s people

A. His decision meant giving up personal status (v.24)

B. His decision meant giving up personal pleasures (v.25)

C. His decision meant giving up personal possessions (v.26)

I John 2:15-17 frames it well for us with an echo of what Moses gave up:

  • Lust of the eyes – personal possessions
  • Lust of the flesh – personal pleasures
  • Pride of life – personal status

II. Moses Chose to Observe God’s Instructions (v.28)

Read Exodus 12:13-14

A. As a sign – something visual

B. As a memorial – a sacred reminder of the cost of sin

C. As a celebration – joy and thanks for God’s salvation

III. Moses Chose to Follow God’s Leading (v.29)

Read Exodus 14:9-14

A. It was not logical or practical

B. People were immediately critical

C. It served a two-fold purpose

  • Destroyed Pharaoh’s army
  • Glorified God

D. It proved God’s faithfulness

IV. Conclusion

Questions: “Who are you going to be?”

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“Trust for the Future” series – Part 6 (9/22/19)

Hebrews 11:8-22

“Promises”

Intro: It’s been said, “Faith is living on promises and not explanations.”

Today, we’re looking at promises in the life of faith.

Read Hebrews 11:8-22

I. They Saw the Promises (v.13)

(A visualization of future things)

Note: Dwelt w/ Isaac and Jacob, (Jacob was 15 when Abraham died, a passing on of faith if you will)

A. Firsts, personal promises – God has a plan for you personally

B. Second, believing in Him when things don’t make sense – For example, God changing Abram’s name (father is exalted) to Abraham (father of many people) may have seemed like a cruel joke given the years of silence without a child.

C. Third, believing that God is able to complete His plan (v.19) – Hebrews fills us in to Abraham’s reasoning, that God was capable of doing something unheard of to maintain the promise concerning Isaac.

II. They Embraced the Promises (greeted them) (v.13)

“Waited”-v.10

A. Abraham modeled contentment to stay in tents – Given his wealth and size of herdsmen, etc., he could have easily built a city named after himself as a legacy but chose to remain mobile.

B. Abraham worshipped and gave offerings to the Lord – Melchizedek

C. Abraham was imperfect

  • Fear in Egypt-lied to Pharaoh
  • Hagar-Ishmael
  • God still used him mightily

III. They Declared the Promises (v.13-14)

A. It’s living like this isn’t home (because it isn’t!) (v.13)

B. It’s living like the future destination is home (because it is!) (v.13)

C. It’s living like there is a preference for home (looking forward to it!) (v.14)

IV. Conclusion

Questions: “Do you believe God?”

– We live on promises not explanations!

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“Trust for the Future” series – Part 5 (9/15/19)

“Pleasing God”

Hebrews 11:4-7

Intro: “Electricity”

Electricity is an interesting thing. It’s defined as:

“A form of energy resulting from the existence of charged particles (such as electrons or protons), either statically as an accumulation of charge or dynamically as a current.” – Oxford Dictionary

  • Electricity is not something you see, only the results of it
  • Hair being drawn to a balloon with static
  • Lightning in the sky
  • Arc from a welder
  • Tools, lights, appliances, etc.
  • Faith is a real connection and evidence of something unseen with the eye

Today, we’re looking at three individuals and how their faith gave evidence of what isn’t seen.

Read Hebrews 11:4-7

NOTE: The operative word is “please” (v.6). It is a consistent theme throughout chapter 11 and other places in scripture. Pleasing God should be the goal of every believer:

I. Pleasing God in What We Offer (v.4)

Abel-Genesis 4:1-7

A. There is a separation between the men themselves and their offerings – (respected Abel and his offering, did not respect Cain and his offering)

B. It’s possible to be technically obedient and not please God – it’s the heart

C. The “reward” or recognition is the validation of the real faith connection – Cain was jealous of it, brooded over it, and ultimately committed premeditated murder over it.

II. Pleasing God in How We Work (v.5)

Enoch-Genesis 5:24

A. BEFORE he died, he had a testimony (v.5) – we all do

B. God validated his faith

C. Enoch lived a normal life – not removed in a private sanctuary to avoid distraction and temptation, but providing for his wife, kids, etc.

III. Pleasing God in How We Respond (v.7)

Noah-Genesis 6:8-9

A. He moved forward in Godly fear (v.7)

B. His actions condemned the world BY DEFAULT – your humble righteousness (not self-righteousness) is a contrast to the world (as was Noah)

C. He became the “heir of righteousness” – (the continuing thread of Abel’s righteousness – v.4 & 12:24)

IV. Conclusion

Questions: “Does your life reveal a real connection?” A validated faith? Evidence of the unseen?

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“Trust for the Future” series – Part 4 (9/8/19)

“The Description of Faith”

Hebrews 11:1-3

Intro: “Walking on Water”

Imagine a small lake in a far northern location (such as Canada). It’s February 5th and the temperature has not been above 10 degrees Fahrenheit since November the 30th.

  • The lake is snow covered
  • The edge of the lake is obscured by the snow
  • A local man walks from his nearby home toward the lake
  • Without stopping, he continues to walk out onto the lake, unpacks his gear, cuts a hole in the ice and begins to fish
  • His confidence to walk onto the lake is a “realization” of things KNOWN, the circumstances, previous experience, observation

Today, we’re looking at the description of faith in Hebrews chapter 11.

Read Hebrews 11:1-3

I. Faith is Real (v.1)

A. The realization of things known – it’s walking out onto the ice to fish or skate because of what we know to be true

B. The conviction of things known – such as God’s character, promises, love, instructions, prophecy of the future, etc.

C. The practical part of things known – faith is based on the reality of God and His revealed Word, not on feelings, emotions or circumstances

II. Because Faith is Real, We Obtain (v.2)

A. We obtain a good testimony – an expressed conviction

B. We obtain a personal relationship with God – what was promised to the generations of the Old Covenant

C. We obtain confidence in His presence – an abiding intimacy, conversation, guidance, encouragement, affirmation, correction, etc.

III. Because Faith is Real, We Understand (v.3)

A. We understand God’s supremacy – He is the ultimate authority

B. We understand the created world – it’s origin, purpose, fallenness, and future

C. We understand the reality of the unseen world – its agenda, activity and power

IV. Conclusion

Questions: “Is there a true realization of these things in your life?”

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“Trust for the Future” series – Part 3 (9/1/19)

“The Direction of Trust”

Hebrews 10:26-39

Intro: “Trust the Map”

Personal story about reading a topographical map

In the letter to the Hebrews there are many “landmarks” for us to locate and trust. We have to trust the map!

Read Hebrews 10:26-31

I. Remember the Standard of Righteousness

A. O.T. penalty for willful sin was death, for example of David-no provision for restoration (v.26-28, Deut. 17:6,12-13, Psalm. 51)

B. If death was the punishment for flaunting the Law of Moses, how much worse for flaunting the grace of Christ?

Read verses 32-34

II. Recall the Goodness of Salvation

A. You were illuminated (privilege of the scriptures being brought to life in your mind by the Holy Spirit)

B. You had endurance (commitment to embrace the difficulty and keep going)

C. You had compassion (hearts that were tender/gracious toward people)

D. You were joyful (a spirit of good cheer and a positive disposition)

E. You had patience (knew that better was waiting and looked forward to it)

Read verses 35-39

III. Resolve to Look Forward in Faith

Note: remember the principle of “therefore”, “these things being true…”

A. Do not cast away those points of confident goodness listed in verses 32-34

B. You need that stubborn thought (v.36) (you need it!)

C. Resolve to “not draw back”

  • The enemy wants us to!
  • Look forward! Keep moving!

IV. Conclusion

Questions: “Do you trust the map?” It may not necessarily provide all the step-by-step details, but trust the landmarks and directions.

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“Trust for the Future” series – Part 2 (8/25/19)

“The Nature of our Trust”

Hebrews 10:19-25

Intro: Misplaced trust in the Temple complex

Read Luke 21:5-6

History and assumption that all would remain as is, but was wrongly placed in a physical building, and a system that could be seen, touched and lived out through rules. Although 99.9% of the population had never seen the Holy Place or Most Holy Place, they relied on it and its ritual purpose to keep them in right-standing with God

Read Hebrews 10:19-25

I. It’s a Confident Trust to Approach (v.19-20)

A. By the blood of Jesus (specific worthiness of the sacrifice)

B. To the inner most sanctuary (The Holiest Place)

C. A continual dwelling – it’s a daily abiding, not a visit once a year

II. It’s a Personal Trust in our High Priest (v.21)

A. It’s not a rotating order of priests

B. It’s not subject to the limitations of a human priest on our behalf

III. It’s a Transparent Trust (v.22)

A. “Full assurance” (even though unseen)

B. “Heart sprinkled with blood/conscience cleansed”

C. “Bodies washed” (the daily preparation, living in His presence)

IV. It’s a Steadfast Trust (v.23-25)

A. Unwavering based on His faithfulness (not ours)

B. Edifying – glorifying God personal and corporately

C. Encouraging each other

  • It’s “How can I contribute?”
  • It’s not “What services/programs do you have for me?”

V. Conclusion

Questions: “What is the nature of your trust? Confident? Personal? Transparent? Steadfast?”

It can be all of them and more…in Christ.

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Trust for the Future” series – Part 1 (8/18/19)

“Where trust is placed”

Hebrews 10:1-18

Intro: Story of tightrope walker Blondin crossing Niagra Falls in 1860

Read 10:1-10

I. The Need to Trust is Universal (v.1-4)

A. The presence of “ought” in our mind reveals what we know “ought” to be in ourselves and others

  • We see a disconnect in people do versus what they ought to do
  • We realize moments where we don’t do what we ought or where we do what we shouldn’t

B. From the ancient world until now, mankind has sought ways to address and transcend human limitations through worship of idols and systems of religion

C. In other words, we have a deep need to trust someone/something bigger than ourselves

D. Mankind also has an inclination to offer sacrifice and service to the someone/something bigger

II. Christ is Superior to all Others (v.10)

A. Four common elements of society and worship in the ancient world (including Judaism)

  • King (secular)
  • Priests (sacred)
  • Offerings/sacrifices (atonement)
  • Worshipper (participants)

Read 7:11-19

B. “In the order of Melchizedek” – Jesus combines 3 of 4, King, Priest and sacrifice

C. “Sufficient for all” (v.10)

  • Not another way among many others
  • The only way among no equals

III. Trust in Christ is Transformational

A. The heart has always been the issue

“We are not sinners because we sin. We sin because we are sinners.” (anonymous)

B. Trust in Christ changes the heart and mind

  • Heart – the values/standards
  • Mind – the thinking/decision process

C. Freedom from guilt (liberty) is the result of forgiveness

IV. Conclusion

Question: “Where is your trust placed?” “Really placed?”

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