Summary: Exploring the analogy of an anchor in our walk with God.
THE ANCHOR STILL HOLDS
TEXT: Hebrews 6:15-20
Hebrews 6:15-20 -- And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
l. INTRODUCTION -- ANCHORS
Lord Alfred Tennyson -- Cast all your cares on God; that anchor holds.
-Illustrating the purpose of the anchor, Thomas Beddoes had this to say: The anchor heaves, the ship swings free, the sails swell full. To sea, to sea!
-The anchors of the ancient days on the sea worked because of their sheer weight and friction as they lay at the bottom of the sea. In modern times, the anchor has a long cable attached to it that allows it to actually drill into the bottom of the ocean floor, or to lodge into the coral reefs or a bed of rocks. Still it works on the same principle: To keep the ship steady on the seas.
-In an age of great change, when morality is scoffed at, when at times the world even encroaches the borders of the church, when the stern paths of righteousness are frequently avoided, men have chosen substitute anchors to try to hold them in place in the choppy seas of life.
-Because of the lack of anchors, men often spend themselves in perilous pursuits. There is the search for significance, a search for some semblance of value as they live out their lives. Because the wrong anchors are chosen, life loses it=s value. Life becomes nothing more than a seeming quest for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
-Several years ago, a music group (Truth) had a song entitled Living Life Upside Down. It explored the avenues of men who have the wrong anchors in their lives. A life that had all of the material riches but devoid of the spiritual strengths necessary for a Spirit-filled life.
-The word "anchor" only appears four times in four verses. Yet, Paul makes an allusion to this word when he wrote to the Hebrews. There is nothing like having the Creator to be able to anchor the soul.
ll. HEBREWS 6:15-20 -- THE IDENTITY OF THE ANCHOR
-Our text states that Abraham patiently endured. In light of the volume of Scriptures concerning Abraham, what was it that he endured. Consider this in his patient enduring:
The seeming slowness of God to make good His promises.
The attacks of Satan on his faith.
The insinuations of the serpent that God had ceased to be gracious.
The temptation of the devil to be enriched by the king of Sodom.
The cruel sneers of those around him.