Series: Keep The Faith (1 of 4) by Stuart Briscoe
This content is part of a series.NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 8 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.
Part 1: Faith's Fundamentals
Series: Keep The Faith
"Hebrews" addressed a struggling group of Jewish believers discovering that discipleship would not be easy as Jesus had warned. In it they were encouraged to "keep the faith," warned of the dangers of failure to do so, and reminded how to mature in their faith. But they must be willing to move beyond faith's fundamentals - to make progress and mature.
I. The Need for Faith's Fundamentals.
A. Challenging times require strong believers.
B. Strong believers are mature in faith - "teaching about righteousness." 5:13
C. Nobody starts out mature - but "infants" should develop. 5:13
D. "Infants" start on fundamentals ("milk") and progress to "solid food." 5:14
II. The Need to Understand Faith's Fundamentals. 6:1, 2
A. "Repentance from acts that lead to death" - "wages of sin is death."
B. "Faith in God" - who has "spoken to us by his Son." 1:2
C. "Instructions in baptisms" - initiation, identification, cleansing.
D. "Laying on of hands" - blessing, healing, commissioning.
E. "Resurrection of the dead" - see 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17.
F. "Eternal judgment" - John 5:24-28.
III. The Need to Progress Beyond Faith's Fundamentals.
A. Failure to grow is arrested development - "you ought to be teachers." 5:12
Part 2: The Full Assurance of Faith
Series: Keep The Faith
Given the experiences they had gone through and the possibilities of further problems it is understandable that some of the Hebrew Christians were possibly losing their nerve. They needed assurance, which the author of "Hebrews" provided for them - and us.
I. Faith's Confidence. vv. 19-22
The basis of assurance and confidence has been explained in the previous chapters (note the "therefore" v. 19) and may be summarized as follows:
A. We may enter "The Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus." v. 19
Compare the High Priest's entrance into the Most Holy Place. 9:1-7
B. "A new and living way (has been) opened for us." v. 20
Compare Christ's entrance so that we may serve the living God. 9:14, 15
C. "We have a great priest over the house of God." v. 21
Compare Moses "in" with Christ who is "over" God's house. 3:4-7
D. Our "hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience." v. 22
Compare the rituals of the priests at their consecration. Exodus 29:4, 21
E. "Our bodies washed with pure water." v. 22
Compare baptism and the inner cleansing it signifies. 1 Peter 3:21
II. Faith's Consequences. vv. 23-25
A. "Let us draw near to God." v. 22
B. "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he…is faithful." v. 23
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