Sermon, Hebrews 12:1-2: The Joy of Faith

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Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 13:5-6

“For he has said,“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

Summary

This week’s sermon concludes a three part series on the relationship between God’s grace, Faith, and Christian behavior. After reviewing the teachings from the previous two sermons, Pastor Jonathan Priest illustrates the life of Christian commitment by comparing it to marriage vows. God has in Christ pledged his faithfulness to his people. He promises faithfulness to them in spite of their unworthiness brought about by their own unfaithfulness. The cross signifies the world’s desire to divorce themselves from the true God, but from the cross God declares forgiveness for all who have abandoned, betrayed, and shut him out. And Jesus rises and returns from death to offer eternal life together to those very same people who crucified him. It was for joy that Jesus did all this, the joy of being with us for all eternity.

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