Synopsis: Whenever we are making a purchase of something that is substantial, we want to know what kind of warranty that item carries. Whenever we contract with a vendor to provide a service, we want a guarantee of His quality of work in the form of a warranty. As we return to Malachi 3:6, tonight we want to answer this question: What guarantees that God does not change and cannot change?
Synopsis: The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once declared, “The only thing constant is change.” Although his statement may be a true observation about things in the created order, thankfully it's not true about God! Our text today is one of the clearest statements of one of our God’s unshared characteristics: His unchangeableness. What impact does the truth of God’s unchanging nature have on our thinking, living, and on our interpretation of the circumstances of life?
Synopsis: Romans 15:4 teaches us that what we find written in the Old Testament were written for us to learn important truth, namely that through endurance and comfort of the Scriptures, we might have hope. In part 1 of our look at the life of Joseph, we find an excellent illustration of endurance with a courageous hope focused on Christ. Today's message highlights what is the encouragement for endurance--God's Providence.
Synopsis: How is the quality of endurance added to our saving faith? How is it developed? What separates this particular virtue that is to be a part of Christian character, from the common, secular understanding of the term? Our text today will indicate three ways we develop this trait of Christ-likeness.
Synopsis: If we are to run the race with patience or endurance, what is exactly involved in that? How do we develop or strengthen this quality of endurance so we can run as Hebrews 12:1-3 admonishes us to do?
Synopsis: In part 4 of our look at Hebrews 12:1-3, we noted two components of this exhortation to run the race with patience that require Faith's Vision of Christ to successfully fulfill. We looked the motivation for running and the preparations for running.
In part 5, we look today at two characteristics of this race that we are exhorted to run that enable us to have a realistic and encouraging perspective about life.
Synopsis: Today we look at an exhortation in Hebrews 12:1 that makes a vision of Christ so vital. Using the analogy of running, there is much truth to glean from our running the race of faith with endurance.
Synopsis: When you keep in mind the flow of thought from Hebrews 11 to 12, you find that Jesus is not the final example of enduring faith that concludes the listing given in chapter 11. Instead He is the supreme example of enduring faith in the race. The reason for that is His relationship to faith is much different than any of those mentioned in chapter 11: it is qualitatively different! Today's text reveals three qualities about Jesus that set Him far above all the others mentioned in chapter 11 and qualifies Him to be the Object of our deliberate focus today, just as He was theirs, many years ago.
Synopsis: To run the race of life successfully, genuine faith endures hardships by maintaining the right focus and meditating upon Christ's person and work. Where do we get the ability to endure? Verse 2 answers the question. Why should we consider Christ as we run the race? Verse three answers that! Both verse supply the resources we need to run the race of life successfully.
Synopsis: If we would live God-focused lives that praise God for His providence, which becomes the foundation for peace and confidence in the midst of uncertain days and an uncertain future, then these two inseparably linked characteristics of God's greatness are to shape our thinking, our choices, and our conduct.