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NOTE: This sermon is part 3 and 4 of a 8 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.
Part 3: The Faith We Profess
Series: Keep The Faith
"Whom we confess" (3:1) and "the faith we profess" (4:14) are both translations of the Greek word "homologia" which is defined as "an act of proclamation in which the concrete relation of man to Jesus is expressed in binding and valid form" TDNT 208. Jesus expressed the importance of such a "homologia" (Matthew 10:32). Hebrews confirmed it.
I. Concentration - "Fix Your Thoughts On Jesus." 3:1; Colossians 3:1, 2
A. Lapses in concentration can have far reaching consequences.
B. Majoring on minors means missing the point - it's all about Jesus' faithfulness!
II. Confession - "An Act of Proclamation…In Binding and Valid Form."
A. "The faith we profess" - see Deuteronomy 30:11-14; Romans 10:9; 2 Corinthians
1. We are "holy brothers." 2:11f
2. We share a "heavenly calling" - a community of the eternally invited!
B. "Whom we confess."
1. "Jesus" - the reality of His humanity. 4:14
2. "Son of God" - the reality of His deity.
Part 4: Faith, Hope and Patience
Series: Keep the Faith
Faith is only as valuable as its object. Hope can be little more than wishful thinking. Disappointment follows and patience wears thin. Sound familiar?
I. The Example of Abraham. 6:13-15
A. Abraham's faith.
1. Introduced to a life of faith. Genesis 12:1-9
a. The call of God.
b. The response of trusting obedience.
2. Exposed to the testing of faith. Genesis 22:1-19
a. Isaac the child of promise in whom God's promises center.
b. For him to die meant the promises would fail.
c. Despite everything, Abraham obeyed! 1 Peter 1:6- 9; 11:17-19
3. Encouraged by the affirmation of his faith. 6:13, 14
a. God reiterated His promises.
b. God confirmed them with an oath - He cannot lie in either case!
B. Abraham's hope.