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Staying Clean (6 of 7)
Dr. Fred Lowery
Heb. 12:7; Heb 12:10-11; Heb 12:12; Jeremiah 48:10; Isaiah 35:3-4; Job 4:3-4;
Heb 12:13; Heb 12:14; Rom 12:18; Philippians 2:14-15; Rom 12:1-2; Heb 12:15; Heb 12:16-17
February 19, 2012
And we're glad you're here. We're in the book of Hebrews and so I want you to listen quickly because I have an hour and half worth to tell you in about 27 minutes so I want you to listen quickly and let's see what we can get out of this. Chapter 12 is about - our theme is "Staying Clean" - it's about getting in shape spiritually and staying fit spiritually because life is rough and we're going to hit some rough spots and we could end up on the side line if we're not ready so when you think of Chapter 12 in Hebrews, you're thinking of a coach who is trying to get his team ready for battle because he knows that they are going to have a battle and it's not going to be easy. It's going to be difficult and so he wants to get them ready. The Christian life is compared to a race many times in the Bible. So, think of a coach who's getting a team ready to run a race and in the first 11 verses of Chapter 12 he is saying to his team, you need to run with endurance, you need to run with your eyes on Jesus. Focus on Him who is the Author and the Finisher of our faith and remember that Jesus ran the race - the greatest race for you and He won it. He paid your sin debt on a cross and He arose from the grave so as you're running this race in life keep your eyes on Jesus and remember that He ran the race for you so you do win in the end. And then in verses 4- 11 he talks about God's discipline to get us in shape for this race because we might as well just accept the fact that it takes some discipline - sometimes God's discipling us so that we can do well in this race. Remember Hebrews is written to a small church - house church - that they are discouraged, they're weary, they're facing persecution, they're facing even the p ...
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