11 Apr Sermon Recap | Hebrews | The Faithfulness of God
God’s faithfulness is on display throughout history. Although we can lack belief that God will truly fulfill His promises, the writer of Hebrews reminds us that God will not back out and He will not change His mind; He will stay faithful to His people. As we place our hope in His faithfulness and wait for the fulfillment of His promises on earth or in Heaven, we can rest in the truth that we have a sure and steady anchor for our souls.
Love Shines | Austin Stone Worship | iTunes
1 Corinthians 12:4-8 • Matthew 27:45-46 • 1 Corinthians 15:54-57 •1 John 4:8-9
Worthy of it All | Grace Church Worship | iTunes
Psalm 51:16-17, Psalm 139:23-24, Amos 5:21-24, Psalm 19:12-14
Set My Hope | Grace Church Worship | iTunes
O Praise the Name | Hillsong Worship | iTunes
Matthew 27-28 1 Corinthians 15
I Will Look Up | Elevation Worship | iTunes
Psalm 57:7-11 • Psalm 121:1-2 •Isaiah 26:1-8 • 2 Samuel 22:26-31
1. There is a gap that occurs between the giving of God’s promises and the fulfillment of them; this was true for Abraham and continues to be true for us. Waiting in this gap means being active in progression towards God, continuing to receive Truth, repent, and pursue Him. What is a situation in your life where you have had to wait well? How have you waited in ways that hindered your movement towards God?
2. As Christians, we are refugees who have fled to God from the world, judgment, and ourselves—our confidence and hope is in Him alone. However, we struggle to truly believe this as we put our hope in inferior substitutes that were never intended to bear the weight of our soul. What false substitutes are you putting your hope in? Are you able to rest in Jesus or are you constantly anxious and have misdirected hope revealed by what you worry about, daydream about, and really put your effort into?
3. We tend to walk around like a group of people who took a test we didn’t study for and are dreading the results. However, our test results are already in—we have the victory because of Jesus. How do you find yourself dragging your performance into the center of this idea? Why do you believe that your performance will add or take away from God’s promises? How would you live differently this week if you truly believed that Christ’s performance and God’s promises were enough for you?
Thoughts to Consider
-Some of God’s promises might not fully be fulfilled in our lifetime but in the future. For example, we are the spiritual children of Abraham—we are the fulfillment of the promise made to him thousands of years ago
-Lying is driven by fear—fear of consequences or fear of missing out on something. God is not accountable to anyone, therefore He has no consequences to be fearful of and no motive to lie. The ability to lie is not in the character, nature, or substance of who God is.
-Hoping in Jesus is like an anchor for our soul. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary, where Jesus has already gone for us as our eternal High Priest. We would be consumed and destroyed if we entered God’s presence without Jesus, but He went in and made peace with the holy, righteous God on our behalf. Since we are in Christ, when God sees us, He sees Jesus. He will not reject us because He does not reject Jesus.
-If you have not put your faith in Jesus, flee from your own righteousness and find refuge in Jesus. Place your hope in Him as your steady anchor instead of in yourself.
“When God looks at those who are in Christ, He sees Jesus.”
“Often fear and anxiety arise from putting our hope in inferior things.”
“God’s promises are uniquely tailored to our great weaknesses and needs.”
“God’s faithfulness is reflected in the consistency of the sunrise and the stability of the ocean’s tides.”
“God’s character ensures His faithfulness to us.”