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Hebrews 12 - NIV

1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,

2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

God Disciplines His Children

4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.

5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,

“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,

6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”[a]

7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?

8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.

9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!

10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness.

11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees.

13 “Make level paths for your feet,”[b] so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

Warning and Encouragement

14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.


a. Hebrews 12:6 Prov.?3:11,12 (see Septuagint)
b. Hebrews 12:13 Prov.?4:26

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Dennis Lee avatar
Running God’s Race
Shared by: Dennis Lee on Nov, 2016
Summary: The Bible describes life like a race, not a hundred yard dash, mind you, but a marathon. And while everyone runs in this race, not everyone will finish well. This sermon looks at how we can finish this race well, even when we feel like giving up.
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1
Denomination: Foursquare
Views: 283
Matthew Kratz avatar
Never Give Up
Shared by: Matthew Kratz on Oct, 2016
Summary: In Hebrews 12:1–3. we see various aspects of the race, as they are compared to the faithful life in Christ. Christ calls us to 1) Race Freely (Hebrews 12:1), 2) Race Focused (Hebrews 12:2), and 3) Race to the Finish (Hebrews 12:3)
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-3
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 235
Jordan Muck avatar
3 Reasons to Discipline Yourself
Shared by: Jordan Muck on Oct, 2016
Summary: Understanding the disciplines in everyday Christian life.
Series: Discipline
randy edwards avatar
Hebrews- Part 13- " Peace- Love and Jesus"
Shared by: randy edwards on Oct, 2016
Summary: Part 13 of our Hebrews series
Scripture: Hebrews 12:14-16
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 134
Tim Smith avatar
Heroes of Our Nation
Shared by: Tim Smith on Sep, 2016
Summary: 4th of July sermon looking at how God was active in the birth of our nation
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-2
Denomination: Methodist
Views: 59
randy edwards avatar
Hebrews- Part 11-" Unencumbered"
Shared by: randy edwards on Sep, 2016
Summary: Part 11 of our Hebrews series
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-2
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 115
David Simpson avatar
Run with Perseverance
Shared by: David Simpson on Aug, 2016
Summary: Run the race of faith with perseverance. Never stop until you cross the finish line!
Dr.W.Samuel Legon avatar
Shared by: Dr.W.Samuel Legon on Aug, 2016
Summary: What the blood can do for all men.
Wade M. Hughes, Sr avatar
Shared by: Wade M. Hughes, Sr on Aug, 2016
Summary: Hear the call to the ministry of encouragement and lifting up the hands that hang down. We need no more "HEAD-SHRINKERS" in the church!
Kerry Haynes avatar
FInishing Well
Shared by: Kerry Haynes on Aug, 2016
Summary: Bad things happen even to Christians. Yet, we are not alone. God places us in the family of faith. And as we keep our eyes on Jesus, we can endure anything, for his sake, knowing our faith will be rewarded, if not in this life, then in the next.
Scripture: Hebrews 11:32-12:3
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 367
Emma Hodge avatar
Examples of Faith / HEBREWS 11:29 – 12:2
Shared by: Emma Hodge on Aug, 2016
Summary: Who shows us their faith & do we show our faith to them, with detailed look at Rahab.
Scripture: Hebrews 11:29-12:2
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 222
J Jeffrey  Smead avatar
It Is Time To Run / A Life That Cheers Others On
Shared by: J Jeffrey Smead on Aug, 2016
Summary: May your faith life, your witness be an inspiration that cheers others on. The Scriptures are clear; it is time to run. Some of you, may be coasting or panting on the sidelines. It is time to run!
Lynn Malone avatar
Racing is Life
Shared by: Lynn Malone on Aug, 2016
Summary: The Bible uses many sports related images. In this classic text, the writer to the Hebrews explores the image of a race to reflect upon the nature of a disciple's life.
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-2
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 265
Gavin Rushton avatar
Shared by: Gavin Rushton on Jul, 2016
Summary: A sermon about how the future is built on the legacy of the past and how we can learn to help each other to pursue after Jesus
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-3
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 173
Shared by: NNAEMEKA DURUEKE on Jul, 2016
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-2
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 490
Ted J. Smith avatar
Godly Tools for Men
Shared by: Ted J. Smith on Jun, 2016
Summary: There’s something both comforting and encouraging about tools. Tools can empower a man to do things he might not otherwise try to tackle. So today I want to look at a few of the essential tools God has provided for us guys.
Stan Szelkowski avatar
Our Fathers' Chastening
Shared by: Stan Szelkowski on Jun, 2016
Summary: A Father's Day message in which we discover the blessing of our Heavenly Father's (and earthly father's) "chastening" or discipline. (This sermon is in "outline form." You will need to reformat the layout because of the way it appears on this site.)
Robert Webb avatar
Are you Unleashed?
Shared by: Robert Webb on Jun, 2016
Summary: What would happen if we unleashed ourselves to take the truth to a lost world? Is my life being confined within boundaries, could I be convicted of being a Christian?
Pastor ( Dr ) Tim Awotide avatar
Shared by: Pastor ( Dr ) Tim Awotide on Jun, 2016
Summary: Words of salvation
Series: Overcoming
Scripture: Hebrews 12:2
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 821
Kelly Durant avatar
Respect The Older Ones: You May Become One, One Day!
Shared by: Kelly Durant on Apr, 2016
Summary: Honor the elder ones who have wisdom as this is Biblical and many have been cursed since the 1960s when the disrespect for the elders was popularized.
Roger Roark avatar
Running the race
Shared by: Roger Roark on Mar, 2016
Summary: It doesn't matter where you finish, just that you finish the race set before you
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-4
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 252
sylvester onofe avatar
Looking Unto Jesus
Shared by: sylvester onofe on Mar, 2016
Summary: The focus is on Jesus supernatural power, His ability to heal the sick and bring salvation to the troubled.
Stephen E. Trail avatar
Hardships & Hazards on the Home Strech
Shared by: Stephen E. Trail on Mar, 2016
Summary: A sermon to encourage believers to finish the Christian race.
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Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-2
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 410
Richard Tow avatar
Shared by: Richard Tow on Feb, 2016
Summary: In this sermon, Pastor Richard illustrates the importance of maintaining focus. Victories have been lost because someone lost focus. Success in almost any endeavor requires focus. But what causes people to lose focus?
Scripture: Hebrews 12:2
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 523
Tony Abram avatar
Seven Ways Christ Gave Himself To the World For Us!
Shared by: Tony Abram on Feb, 2016
Summary: Billy Sunday once said, There are two hundred and fifty-six names given in the Bible for the Lord Jesus Christ, and I suppose this was because He was infinitely beyond all that any one name could express.
Tony Abram avatar
Shared by: Tony Abram on Jan, 2016
Summary: The sufferings of the cross paid for a better way for us. Jesus had joy in providing a better way. He is the Way, Truth and the Life!
Matthew Botha avatar
What is your race?
Shared by: Matthew Botha on Jan, 2016
Summary: What type of race are you running?
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-11
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 509
Kenneth Sauer avatar
"Can I Get a Witness?"
Shared by: Kenneth Sauer on Jan, 2016
Summary: A sermon for All Saints Sunday.
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Scripture: Hebrews 12:1-3
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 830
Thomas Swope avatar
Little concern for ‘the way of promise’
Shared by: Thomas Swope on Dec, 2015
Summary: A study of the book of Hebrews 12: 14 – 29
Series: Hebrews