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Summary: This Sermon is about enduring hardship even when folk despitfully use you. {This Sermon Has been REVISED}

-----------------------------*The Book of Hebrews*------------------------------------------------------------------- The 12th Chapter-------------------------------------

1Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

------------------------------The Living Bible Version-------------------------------

{1} Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us.

{2} Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor. He was willing to die a shameful death on the cross because of the joy he knew would be his afterwards; and now he sits in the place of honor by the throne of God.

{3} If you want to keep from becoming fainthearted and weary, think about his patience as sinful men did such terrible things to him.

--------------------------------The Book of Hebrews---------------------------------------------------------------------The 12th Chapter-------------------------------------

The Message of the Hour: Endure the Contradiction

{2} *The Bread of Life*

Scripture: Hebrews 12: 1-3 verse

Subject: Endure the Contradiction

The writer of this book is unknown. But it was written to the believers everywhere. But to get into the book of Hebrews the 12th chapter. This is one of the most stirring passages of scripture. A passage to that is stirring us to run and to keep on running in the Christian race of life. Well what is the Christian Race. Well the Christian race can be described in many ways.

-It’s a race for Heaven

-It’s a race for Life, both Abundant and Eternal Life.

-It’s a race to live with God forever

-It’s a race for perfection, a perfect life and world in which there is no suffering, no corruption, evil, or death

It’s a race to know God. To commune with God and Fellowship with God.

This is the great Christian race, the great goal toward which believers are running. But in order for us to run as Christian and as Saints of God to run a successful race there are 4 Points that I must make and present to you in this Sermon Presentation. First of all #1, Which is the Inspiration. The writer says verse 1 says that the inspiration for the Christian Race is the great cloud of witnesses, which are the great heroes of Faith, which are mention in thee 11th chapter of Hebrews. And see the reason why they are called the great heroes of Faith is because there endure all kinds of tests, trials, and oppositions. They endure against great temptations such as looking, tasting, doing, thinking and felling. They against great trials such as trouble sufferings, loss, hunger, disease, accident, mockery, abuse, persecution, threats. No matter how terrible or awful the trial, they endure in faith, by believing in God.

They also endure against great opposition from there families, friends, neighbors, fellow-workers, civil leaders, and even institional religionists. No matter what the opposition was they still were determined to believe in God and kept on running for the Master. The point I’m trying to make to you Saints of God is that no matter how much trials and temptations or oppositions approaches you. You got to have a Spirit of Determination to Run On, to Press on, To Endure to the End. Why because there is a Blessing


on the other side of Through. That’s why the Bible says that the Race is not given to the swift nor to the Strong but it’s to the one that endureth to the end the same shall be saved. See in that verse the writer was letting us know that it’s not about how strong you are. Because you can be Strong and yet still be unable to stand and hold up under pressure. It’s not about how fast you are. Because the quickest person can get tired and not be able to continue in existence. But its to the one that is able to stand and tolerate any and everything that comes its way those are the ones that will in the end be saved. Saved from what Saved from destruction. That’s why the bible declares that it not by Power, Nor is it by Might but is by my Spirit said the Lord. And I stop by to tell somebody that thee only way that you are going be able to endure the trials is that you got to have the Spirit of Christ dwelling in you. Clap your hands and give God some Praise.

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