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We Persist To Perceive It – God Completes His Promise

We Persist To Perceive It – God Completes His Promise

Hebrews 6:9-20

There’s a “new-ish” way to make money. Called cryptocurrency, it’s the idea that you can make something of tangible value out of a mere idea. If you’re the first to guess the exact huge random number, you “mine” Bitcoin, for example. It’s all based on a promise: that being the first to discover something is valuable. But the target number to guess always changes, so mining the “value” is tough. Compare that to gold: a naturally occurring finite resource which has been valuable for thousands of years. Permanence has value.

God promised His people thousands of years ago that He would send a Savior. Why should we believe Him? What’s the point of Christmas?

Why Is God’s Promise Worth Trusting?

The Basis of the Promise ~ Hebrews 6:9-12

  • 9 “better things”: better than the idea of falling away from God
  • 10/11 we don’t work to earn hope from God; rather, we eagerly desire to fully live IN hope
  • 12 “not sluggish” but actively hold onto God’s promises

The Bedrock of the Promise ~ Hebrews 6:13-20

  • 13/14 God’s promises are based on HIMSELF, not our response
  • 15/17 God’s promise doesn’t change because God HIMSELF never changes
  • 18 two unchangable things: God’s nature, and God’s oath
  • 19 this is OUR hope: God keeps His promise to us, because His promise is based in His unchanging self
  • 20 The promise: God saves us! NOW (through the first coming of Christ as our savior) and FOREVER (though His second coming as Jesus our King)

Why hit this point over and over? Because we don’t often believe it. It’s much more common to think that God gives us what we deserve, and when we hit a rough patch, we conclude that God is punishing us. That’s NOT how faith is intended to be used, as a bat with which you beat yourself. Faith is a GIFT. Enjoy it, and thank the Giver!

Learning from Luke: A New Kind of Prophet

Learning from Luke: A New Kind of Prophet Sermon Audio Here


Luke 1:57-80

Do you ever get the sense that God is up to something, but you just don’t know what it is? You’re in good company! Old Testament Prophets were visited by the Spirit, and gave the Word of the Lord in response. John the Baptist was a prototype of the Christian life: indwelt by the Spirit. His main message: Get Ready, God’s About To Do SOMETHING…

If You’re Wondering What God is Doing, Ask:

What Prompts You To Praise?
Luke 1:57-66

  • v64 fulfillment of God’s promise leads to praise (cf. v20)
  • v66 Zechariah blesses God; people wonder about it

Where Do You See God’s Promise?
Luke 1:67-80

  • v67/68 “God has redeemed!” future echo of John’s message
  • v69/70 horn of salvation=authority to save?
  • v71/73 God keeps his covenant with us (even today)
  • v74/75 God enables us to serve Him in holiness
  • v76/77 the prophet tells of what God WILL do (ref. to Elijah)
  • v78/79 God’s mercy shines in our darkness to guide us

Notice verse 80: John grew, became strong in the Spirit, and waited for his call. That’s a good example for us, especially during Advent: wait, watch, and grow in God.


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