Preeminence

Finding Identity Outside the Camp

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 13:7-14

STEADFAST FAITH (v 9a)

  • Acts 20:29-30

  • Do not be distracted by strange teachings

  • Be strengthened by grace

  • The goal:

    • Ephesians 4:14-15

  • Correct doctrine is very important, critical to a stable faith

  • Grace is what brings strength to our faith

PURIFIED WORSHIP (v 9b)

  • How many things in our lives capture our devotion, steal our strength, occupy our efforts, but do not benefit our faith, our life of worship?

  • We have such tendencies to drift back toward the flesh

    • Legalism

    • Traditionalism

    • Elitism

SEPARATED LIFE (v10-13)

  • Christians must be willing to go outside the system

  • When I became a Christian I realized that I was now on the outside

    • 2 Corinthians 6:14-15

    • 2 Timothy 2:4

      • Practice

        • We cannot physically separate ourselves from the world


Return Favor & Establish Faith

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 13:7-8

Because of His high exalted name there is a life that should be lived; a path that must be followed.

REMEMBER

  • “those who led you:

  • “those who spoke God’s Word to you”

  • “led” (v17, 24)

    • leaders, rulers

    • there is no biblical leadership apart from the Word of God

IMITATE THEIR FAITH

  • Consider the life they lived

  • Consider the fruit they bore

  • Consider the end of their race

    • “remembering their conduct (walk, speech, ministry) imitate their faith”

  • Join their testimony

CONCLUSION

  • Who poured into you?

  • who led you?

    • Remember their leadership and follow their example


Let Love Continue

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 13:1-6

Truth received will be truth expressed. Love received will be love expressed.

The essence and evidence of faith is to believe God and live by that conviction.

Hebrews 12:22

The vision: Set your eyes on Jesus and never look away.

God wants more than what you offer or do, He wants your total surrender.

“acceptable service” —> the surrender of all you are

LOVE OUTWARD (V 1-3)

  • Friendship (Familial love)

    • The world is watching how we love each other

      • John 13:35

      • John 17:21

      • Romans 12:1

      • I Thessalonians 4:9

  • Hospitality

    • Love expressed to strangers

      • Look for opportunities to reach out to others

        • Galatians 6:10

        • I Thessalonians 5:15

    • Empathy

      • Remember the prisoners

INWARD (V 4)

  • Honor

    • Honorable because God created it

      • Husbands love wives sacrificially

      • Wives respect your husbands

        • Submission isn’t a problem if there is sacrificial love leading the way

    • Seeking the best, believing the best, speaking the best

  • Purity/Impurity

UPWARD (V 5-6)

  • Contentment

    • Satisfied —> free from love of money; content with what we have

    • If you don’t live by the conviction do you really believe what He says?

    • To believe God and to live by that conviction is to love.


Hebrews 12:18-29

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 12:18-29

To look upon Jesus we must see a need to.

To bring us to Zion He must first break us at the foot of Sinai (the mountain of our undoing). We must come to an end of our own pride and self sufficiency.

WE MUST FIRST COME TO SINAI THE MOUNTAIN OF OUR UNDOING

  • Exodus 19:1-19

  • Exodus 20:18-21

    • If you choose to return to the past this is the aspect of God you will face.

WE MUST THEN COME TO ZION THE MOUNTAIN OF OUR RESTORATION

  • Psalm 132:13

  • Psalm 50:1

  • Names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life

    • Luke 10:20

    • Revelation 21:25

CONCLUSION

  • So what?

    • Where will you live?


Life Along the Way

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 12:12

The essence and evidence of faith is to believe God and live by that conviction.

LIFE ALONG THE WAY IS A STRAIGHT PATH

  • “Strengthen”

    • lift; take new grip; rebuild; straighten up

    • To be strong is to be straight

    • Walking straight

      • Isaiah 35:1-3

  • How do we do this?

    • Teaching and encouraging each other in the Word of God

    • Feed yourself

    • Teach others

      • “lame”

        • limping; wounded; weary

    • Those truly walking in the faith/those walking the fence

LIFE ALONG THE WAY IS THE PEACEFUL PATH

  • “Pursue”

    • Make every effort toward; strive at

    • Desiring the best for the other person

      • Romans 14:9

  • Pursue peace with

    • “All men” <love them>

      • Ephesians 4:29

      • Speak life

    • God

      • Strive to live right with God

        • How? God’s Word studied, received, and lived out.

LIFE ALONG THE WAY IS THE GRACE FILLED PATH

  • See to it - - -

  • No one falls short

  • No bitter root grows up

  • No one is immoral or godless

    • a sense of sexually immoral <place another god before Him; be unfaithful to the One who has love you well>

    • Idolatry

    • Self-gratification

CONCLUSION

  • So what?

    • Get in God’s Word

    • Strive to know God so you can live to please God


Embracing His Discipline

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 12:1-11

REQUIRES THAT WE EMBRACE HIS LOVING DISCIPLINE

  • God gives grace to the humble but resists the proud

    • The humble heart recognizes the need

    • The humble heart receives

  • We will not embrace or receive what we do not think we need

    • v 4-11 - like a “parent training a child”

    • “train up as he should go” is at the heart of discipline

  • Discipline in the life of the believer is never judgment

    • Discipline is for a season

    • Discipline is for a purpose

      • Correction —> not rejection but correction

      • Corrective Punishment —> intentional pain as a result of our choice to sin

      • Prevention; Protection —> leading us in the best way

      • Teaching; Education

      • Maturity —> to mature us

EMBRACING HIS DISCIPLNE REQUIRES PERSPECTIVE

Our perspective begins in all things looking to Jesus ; setting your eyes on Jesus; following His example

  • What else is there worth looking at?

  • What else is there worth focusing on?

  • The benefit of the discipline is eternal. The discipline is temporal and for a time, but its rewards are eternal.

    • It matters; don’t take the Lord’s discipline lightly.

    • God will do whatever it takes to conform you to the image of His Son.

DISCIPLINE BRINGS PRODUCE (9-11)

  • It identifies you; the mark of a familial love; a father’s love

  • Discipline produces:

    • life —> those walking in complete obedience with God live the richest life

    • good —> the good He desires for us; His holiness

    • righteousness

CONCLUSION

  • How is He disciplining you in your walk today?

  • What is He walking you through?

  • What is the purpose of that? What is His purpose?


Ready to Run . . . With Endurance

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 11:39-12:2

LET US RUN WITH ENCURANCE THE RACE SET BEFORE US (12:1)

  • This Race Has a Sense of Urgency

    • I Cor. 9:24

  • This Race Takes Effort

    • Heb. 10:36

This is not a spring, but a race of endurance; a determined race to completion.

We run the race set before us marked out. This is a fixed classical expression for a race whose course is determined by the masters of the games. Follow the course and we can be sure we will arrive at the goal of our pursuit; the desire of our effort.

  • How We Are to Run

    • Surrounded By Witnesses

      • We must recognize their witness. It is what we see in them; inspiration to run. They are examples, not onlookers.

    • Laying Aside

      • Every Encumbrance

      • The Sin That So Easily Entangles Us

    • Fixing Our Eyes On Jesus (Our Example to Watch)

      • Author and Perfecter of Our Faith

    • We Follow His Example to Completion of the Race; The Reaching of Our Goal

      • For the Joy

        • Endured the Cross

        • Despising the Shame

      • Sat Down at the Right Hand of the Throne of God

CONCLUSION

  • What we have heard . . .

  • What we have seen . . .

  • What we have experienced . . .

  • What are you waiting for? What are we waiting for? LET US RUN!


Perfecting Faith

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 11:30-40

A believing response to the word of God lived out in the lives of His children speaks a “testimony” that God is worth and His word is perfect.

I. PERFECTING FAITH THROUGH SOME THINGS GOOD (30-35a)

  • When the Walls Come Down - Joshua and the Israelites at Jericho

    • What the people saw was that it was not the strength or weakness of the enemy or obstacle; it wasn’t even the strength or might of the Israelites, it was God. They acted in faithful obedience to what seemingly made no sense and God moved.

  • When Mercy Flows - Rahab

    • She had heard of what God had done and responded with faithful courage because of that her testimony of faith is recorded for the ages.

    • Mother of Boaz who married Ruth; the great-great-grandmother of David thereby an ancestor in the line of Jesus

  • When Other Victories Abound - Many Others

II. PERFECTING FAITH THROUGH SOME THINGS BAD (35b-38)

  • When Tortured

  • When Mocked, Scourged, and Imprisoned

  • When Stoned, Sawn in Two, Tempted, Put to Death with he Sword, Destitute, Afflicted, Ill-treated

  • Wandering in Deserts and Mountains and Caves and Holes in the Ground

III. PERFECTING FAITH THROUGH SOME THINGS BETTER (39-40)

  • Not Until Our Time; Church Age

  • Not Until Our Participation

  • Not Until Jesus

  • Perfected Faith in You

The essence and evidence of faith is to believe God and Live by that Conviction.

Perfected faith is not primarily about what we do, but about what He has done.

In Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection . . .it is finished.


Passing the Faith Along

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 11:1-7

THE ESSENCE OF FAITH

  • Faith Believes God

  • Faith Obeys God

THE EVIDENCE OF FAITH

  • Faith Brings Understanding (v3)

  • Faith Leads to Honor (v4)

    • It honors God

    • God honors exhibited faith

  • Faith Pursues Reward (v5-6)

  • Faith Results in Salvation (v7)

THE INFLUENCE OF FAITH (V12:1)

  • We are encouraged by the witnesses

  • We are encouraged to become witnesses

  • We are called to live by faith

APPLICATION

What is your by faith testimony?

Your witness is leading others . . . you are a trail blazer . .. a pathfinder . . . for those who follow . . .

What path are you setting?

Live by Faith


The Danger in Denial

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 10:26-39

Insight

5 warnings in Hebrews:

  • 2:1-4

  • 4:12-13

  • 6:4-8

  • 10:26-39

  • 12

II Peter 2:1-3

Liberty is not license.

Our lives give testimonies to who we are and how we live.

You can’t claim the security of being in Christ if your life doesn’t look like it.

CAUTION — INDIFFERENCE IS WILLFUL SIN

  • Deliberate Denial

    • “willful” —> speaks of deliberate act

    • Denial of Jesus and our privilege in Him

    • Denial of the truth we have received

CONCERN — SIN LEADS TO JUDGEMENT

  • No sacrifice remains

  • Fearful expectation takes over

    • Replaced with a terrifying expectation of judgement

      • Good deeds can’t remove that terror

  • Judgement is assured

  • Severity is greater

    • Those who continue in willful sin

    • Those who don’t draw near

    • Those who have heard and are responsible for what they know

    • “trampled under foot the Son of God”

      • seen as having no value, no worth

      • “disregarded the blood of the covenant”

      • “insulted the Spirit of grace”

    • How we live our lives matters

CONFIDENCE — JUDGEMENT IS NOT OUR END

  • Remember the enlightened and shared sufferings

  • Remember sympathetic and joyful sacrifice

  • Remember the promised and great reward

    • Does faith give evidence to your life?


Let Us Respond - Faith, Hope, and Love

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 10:19-25

Insight

Proper theology personally embraced will impact how you live.


THE BASIS OF OUR RESPONSE

  • Our Approach

    • “confident”; “confidence”

      • The blood of Jesus - declared right

    • Warm reception (v19)

      • new” —> freshly slaughtered

      • “ living” —> Jesus conquered death and provided eternal life

      • We can’t live the life He has called us to live unless we come into his presence

      • “inaugurated” —> goes before us - paved the way

THE CHARACTER OF OUR RESPONSE

I Corinthians 13:3

  • Draw near - Faith filled worship

    • with sincere heart; assurance

    • to God

    • continually

    • sincere - lacking hypocrisy; with a desire to see God; no ulterior motivation

  • Hold Fast - Hope filled confession (v23)

    • Matthew 16:13-18

      • without wavering

      • because He is faithful

  • Consider Others - Love filled community (v24)

    • “consider” - be concerned about

    • “stimulate”; “stir”

    • “not forsake gathering together”

      • How can we love each other if we are never together?