Summary: The Gospel of Faith is outlined in the Hebrews 11:16-19. Faith is the means by which we prove God’s mercy, grace, and faithfulness. To illustrate the Gospel in the following passages; I will be presenting God’s Purpose, Our Problem, God’s Plan, and Our
The Gospel of Faith: Hebrews 11:16-19
Introduction: FF. Bruce, in his commentary of Hebrews wrote, “The earthly Canaan and the earthly Jerusalem were but temporary object-lessons pointing to the saints’ everlasting rest, the well-founded city of God. Those who put their trust in God receive a full reward, and that reward must belong not to this transient world—order but to the enduring order which participates in the life of God (299).” That is what this message is about today. What issues, difficulties, or evil do you deal with today? Do you consider it transient? And if so, how can you take part in the life of God?
Propositional Statement: The Gospel of Faith is outlined in the Hebrews 11:16-19. Faith is the means by which we prove God’s mercy, grace, and faithfulness. To illustrate the Gospel in the following passages; I will be presenting God’s Purpose, Our Problem, God’s Plan, and Our Response.
I. (v.16) God’s Purpose: The Last Phrase says, “He has prepared a city for them.”
A. Not Ashamed to be Called Our God: The Old Testament continually points the Israelites into a relationship with God. Abraham, Sarah, and the others listed in Hebrews as people of faith continually were looking for God’s promise; but they never received it during their lifetimes.
“FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL
AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD:
I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS,
AND I WILL WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS.
AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD,
AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. (Quotes from Jer. 31:33)
Come, let us worship and bow down,
Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. (Psalms 95)
After Christ came; the relationship that relationship became a relationship with the church. Hebrews 1:1-2 says, “God, after he spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways. In these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom also he made the world.”
Transition: While they were out walking, a 14-year old daughter asked her dad to walk ahead a little bit. After a few minutes of walking, the truth came out. Some people that the girl knew from school were walking on the other side of the street and the girl did not want them to see her doing something as so uncool as walking down the street with a middle-aged man, much less her father. Of course, there is the other way around too! When our teenagers have embarrassed us with their crazy antics. Half-dressed, drinking Boxes of Mountain-Dew in that gaming environment that used to be your living room. Or having to take a trip to the principal’s office to hear about the untold actions they have taken at school.
That is why it is all the more striking that Hebrews says, “he is not ashamed to be called our God.” He is not ashamed to be associated with us. That is particularly interesting because of what else it says regarding people, which brings us to my second point: