Summary: The writer of Hebrews seeks to encourage and remind them that those who are faithful to God have always faced persecution, but that the end result will be a glorious victory even beyond their imagination. (PowerPoint Available - #307)
Summary: We are shown in this passage today that living for God is not impossible. We are not able to just give up and quit (considering all that others have done); rather, we must in today’s day without apology, be willing to live BY FAITH!
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)
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.
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.
Summary: We will persevere in tough times together through our church community (Material adapted from Daniel Overdorf's book, What the Bible Says About the Church: Rediscovering Community; chapter 14 Radically Perseverant, pgs. 367-370)
Summary: Once forgiven and assured that we are in Christ we can face the future with confidence, not because we have learned from our mistakes, but because we know we are getting nearer in time and spiritually, to God our Almighty and heavenly Father.
Summary: John 3:36 says, “He who believes (present active tense) in the Son has everlasting life...” The difference between dead faith and genuine saving faith is that saving faith is a persevering faith. Consider the characteristics of a persevering faith
Summary: Each day we depend on a source to help us make it through the day. We look to electricity and water for our homes, a car and fuel to be able to get to work and back. Money in the bank to pay our bills. Often times we neglect our true source...Jesus!
Summary: Sometimes we need a little motivation and Biblical inspiration to do our best for Jesus in regards to outreach ministries. It all comes from fixing our eyes on Jesus as the author and perfecter of our faith.
Summary: Jesus, who has set the example for us, has finished the race and is at the right hand of the Father. We need to follow his example and that of the other heroes of the faith. These examples encourage us to finish the race.