Power of Perseverance: Strength in Facing Suffering as a Servant
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09-Sep-18 - Not Today! Persevere in Faith
Not Today! Persevere in Faith
Welcome to our New Series entitled: Power of Perseverance – Strength in Facing Suffering as a Servant. As followers of Christ, we are to expect trials as we live our faith. Satan will try to knock us down but with God as our helper we can persevere and say, “Not Today!”
I. Live Confidently
Verse: 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
II. Lead Committedly
Verse: 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
III. Love Constantly
Verse: 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,
IV. Look for Community
Verse: 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
16-Sep-18 - Your Race
I. Hebrews 11
II. Race Training
V. Jesus Christ
23-Sep-18 - Persevering in Faith
PERSEVERING IN FAITH
Today, we continue our Fall 2018 sermon series (“Power of Perseverance: Strength in Facing Suffering as a Servant”), based on Hebrews 10-12. Hebrews 11 is commonly called the “hall of faith” or “roll call of faith.” The lesson that we will emphasize today in Hebrews 11:1-6 is this truth: faith perseveres. What can we do to motivate us to persevere in our faith?
I. EXAMINE THE ESSENCE OF FAITH (12:1)
The essence of faith is twofold: (1) “being sure of what we hope for” (v. 1a) – faith enables us to anticipate the future as God sees it; (2) being “certain of what we do not see” (v. 1b) – faith enables us to evaluate the present as it really is. Faith has both a present and a future component. Are we living in faith?
II. EXPERIENCE THE EFFECT OF FAITH (12:2-3, 6)
The effect of faith is that people who live by it is commended by God (vv. 2, 4, 5, 39). To be commended by God means to experience His approval or favour. Literally, it refers to being a witness to obtaining a good report. The 2 steps of faith are to desire to please God & to diligently seek Him (v. 6). Are we recipients of God’s commendation?
III. ENCOURAGE OTHERS WITH EXAMPLES OF FAITH (12:7-22)
The examples of faith in vv. 4-22 show the following elements: (1) God spoke to them through His word; (2) their inner selves were stirred in different ways; (3) they obeyed God; & (4) they bore witness about their faith. They worshipped, walked with God, warned others, waited on God, & weathered their storms with perseverance. Are we examples of persevering in faith?
30-Sep-18 - Finishing our Race Well
FINISHING OUR RACE WELL
Today, we conclude our 1st Fall 2018 sermon series (“Power of Perseverance: Strength in Facing Suffering as a Servant”), based on Hebrews 10-12. In light of the examples of faith by those who came before us (Heb. 11) and of Jesus’ perfect example in perseverance (Heb. 12:1-3), we are call to finish our own race of faith. What can we do to motivate us to persevere in faith?
I. LEARN ABOUT GOD’S ENABLEMENT AMID CORRECTION (12:4-11)
In our spiritual marathon of faith, we are called to “endure hardship as discipline” (12:7a). Discipline is the key concept that means “child training, instruction, chastening.” There are 3 ways to endure hardship as discipline are as follows: (1) remember God’s counsel in Scripture (12:4-6); (2) rest on God’s care as Father (12:7-9); & (3) rely on God’s control of the results (12:10-11). Are we committed to endure?
II. LIVE OUT GOD’S EXHORTATION TOWARD COURAGE (12:12-13)
Just as Jesus endured much opposition so that we would not grow weary & lose heart (12:3), we are called to also “strengthen your feeble arms & weak knees” (12:12) & to “make level paths for your feet” (12:13) – showing steadiness (cf. Prov. 4:26). Being feeble in arms & weak in knees describe the attitudes of discouragement & despair. When we feel discouraged in the journey, remember: “Be strong & go straight. Take heart & press on.” Are we committed to persevere until the end?
07-Oct-18 - Thanksgiving Message
THANKING OUT LOUD
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Goal: To Have a Thankful Heart at All Times.
Thanksgiving is an expression of gratitude towards God. We need to show it every day so others will see God’s love in us. Thanksgiving is an overflow from having a full spirit in Christ as stated in Colossians 2:6-7. Let’s be consistent with our Thanksgiving and study on how to have a thankful heart at all times.
I. Always be JoyFull
1 Thessalonians 5:16: Rejoice Always
Question: Do we know that God loves us every single moment?
II. Always be PrayerFull
1 Thessalonians 5:17: Pray Continually
Question: How do we communicate with God?
III. Always be WatchFull
1 Thessalonians 5:18a: Give Thanks in all circumstances…
Question: Are we aware of God’s blessings around us?
IV. Always be FaithFull
1 Thessalonians 5:18b: …for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus
Question: Do we know God’s will for us in our life?