You’ll notice that God has been giving Joseph and I similar things to minister on over the last couple weeks. That is the idea that we are to love and have compassion on the lost and to see the value in the harvest. So, what does having compassion for the lost look like and how do we put in that into action? One of the ways is sharing the gospel. Not only corporately, but as individuals. But, to share the gospel, we have to know what it is. That is what we will look at today.
There are a couple of prevailing ideas going on in this world that are setting people up for failure. The first is nothing is my fault, and the second is the idea of entitlement. But the scripture teaches that we are to take responsibility for our own actions. Today we look at the practical application of being personally responsible.
There are a couple of prevailing ideas going on in this world that are setting people up for failure. The first is nothing is my fault, and the second is the idea of entitlement. But the scripture teaches that we are to take responsibility for our own actions. Today we look at the theology behind personal responsibility.
Building on the previous encouragements to endure and continue "in faith" the writer tells us how much better our experience is under the new covenant. It was terrifying for the Israelites to approach God but for us it's an invitation to a future "festival" gathering with those who have gone ahead of us. Meanwhile we have entered into an unshakable kingdom.
After the description of so many who lived in great faith, the author reminds his readers to, like the heroes of faith, to endure to the end. Even though they were living through trials and suffering, they could look to these men and women of faith as encouragement as they ran their own race of endurance.
Chapter 11 is often referred to as the hall of faith because the author describes the faith of men and women of God since the beginning. Faith has always been the method to secure the promises of God and His salvation. In this second half of the chapter, the author continues to demonstrate how these heroes of old exercised their faith.