“By Faith, Moses”
I. By faith, Moses’ parents (Hebrews 11:23)
II. By faith, Moses (Hebrews 11:24-28)
III. By faith, Moses’ people (Hebrews 11:29)
“A Legacy of Faith”
I. Abraham’s frailty
II. Abraham’s failings
III. Abraham’s faith
IV. Abraham today
I. Landscape of leadership (Introduction)
“And they remained no little time with the disciples.” Acts 14:28
“Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which He obtained with His own blood.” Acts 20:28
“Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” 1 Peter 5:2-4
Message: Find, trust and follow faithful shepherds in the local church you commit to.
II. Follow good and godly leaders
A. Remember your leaders
B. Obey your leaders
“Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly.” 1 Peter 5:2
Good leaders are committed to God’s best in your life.
They will answer to God.
To resist good leaders is unprofitable for you.
C. Greet your leader
III. Building broad shoulders (Application)
"Blue Jean Belief"
I. Withstanding the wear and tear (Introduction)
Message:Take your faith to the street. Put jeans of faith on men and women of God and go live it.
- Put your love into action
- Christian character counters cultural compromise
- Taking it to the street
II.Love in action (verses 1-3)
A. Brotherly love
"Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor." Romans 12:10
"Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another..." I Thessalonians 4:9
"Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart..." 1 Peter 1:22
B. Showing hospitality
Philoxenia = friend of the stranger
C. Remember the prisoners
"I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you." Colossians 4:18
"May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains..." 2 Timothy 1:16
D. Guard the sacredness of intimacy
E. Find contentment in God's provision
"Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity." Ephesians 4:17-19
III. Taking it to the street (Application)
"Law vs. Grace"
I. Mt. Sinai vs. Mt. Zion (Introduction)
II. Consequences of choice (verses 25)
III. Shakable vs. unshakeable (Application)
"High, Hard and Holy"
I. Gospel living right now (Introduction)
Faith in Christ results in a high, hard and holy race:
- High calling of Christ
- Calls us to endure hardship and hostility
- Resist the corrupting influence of the profane
II. High calling of Christ
III. Call to endure
"Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.
Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.
Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil." Proverbs 4:25-27
"A straight clear road is a blessing for those who are lame, no less in the spiritual sense than in the physical. The idea seems to be that the readers must accept the beneficial effects of any discipline they may at present be enduring and therefore pull themselves together and see to it that they make progress." Donald Guthrie
IV. Choose holiness
V. So how will you run? (Application)
"Discipline: Precious and Painful"
I. Advil, anesthesia and avoidance (Introduction)
Message: The discipline of the Lord, while it may be painful; it demonstrates His commitment to grow us up to maturity in Christ."
- It is always purposeful
- It will bear fruit
- Embracing His discipline
II. Purposeful discipline (verses 4-11)
A. Remember as you resist
B. Recognize who is at work and why
C. Receive it from His heart
"If God is love, He is, by definition, something more than mere kindness. And it appears, from all records, that though He has often rebuked us and condemned us, He has never regarded us with contempt. He has paid us the intolerable compliment of loving us, in the deepest, most tragic, most inexorable sense." C.S. Lewis
D. Responding to God's best for us
E. Reaping the fruit
III. Embracing His discipline
"But He knows the way that I take; when He has tried me, I shall come out as gold." Job 23:10
I. Broad Shoulders (Introduction)
Message: We stand on the broad shoulders of the living faith of those who call us to do the same:
- Abel's authentic heart of worship
- Enoch's faithful walk with God
- Noah's fierce witness to an unbelieving world
II. Examples of living faith (verses 4-7)
"Faith is confidence that results in action carried out in a variety of situations by ordinary people in response to the unseen God and His promises, with various earthly outcomes but always the ultimate outcome of God's commendation and reward." G. Guthrie
A. Authentic heart of worship
"We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous." I John 3:12
B. Faithful walk
C. Fierce witness
III. Without faith we cannot please God
“It is a great thing to die; and, when flesh and a heart fail, to have God for the strength of our hearts, and our portion forever. I know whom I have believed, and he is able to keep that which I have committed against that great day. Hence forth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the lord, the righteous judge, shall give me that day.” John Newton