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OUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION WE OWN– “OUR SOULS”

30 Mar

“Faith unto the Saving of the Soul”
Intro.
1.  Sin brings death; willful sin assures punishment (Heb. 10:26-30).
2.  Hebrews written to Christians whose faith was under attack; their faith was being tried & tested by…
  a.  Sin’s deceitful temptations (Heb. 3:12-13).
  b.  Negligence & failure to grow (Heb. 5:11-14).
  c.  Sluggishness (Heb. 6:12).
  d.  False doctrines about the covenants (Heb. 8-10).
  e.  Immorality (Heb. 12:12-16).
  f.  Irreverence toward God (Heb. 12:25, 28).
  g.  Selfishness rather than loving service (Heb. 13:1-2).
  h.  Dishonoring of marriage (Heb. 13:4).
3.  Hebrews is a “word of exhortation” to faithfulness, Heb. 13:22.
4.  Hebrews exhorts us to have faith that saves the soul (Heb. 10:35-39):
  a.  Endurance (10:36).
  b.  Obedience (10:36).
  c.  Boldness & confidence due to God’s promises (10:35-36, 39).
5.  Faith dramatically & drastically affects who we are & how we live.
 
I.SAVING FAITH (“faith unto the saving of the soul”), Heb. 11 (cf. 11:2).
  A.  Saving Faith Makes Rational Choices, Heb. 11:1.
    1.  Faith is built on evidence, not emotion; Faith is not blind; it is not ignorant.
    2.  Faith perceives the divine cause & design, Heb. 11:3 (3:4; Rom. 1:20; Acts 14:17).
    3.  Faith perceives that the works & words of Jesus show Him to be the Son of God (Jno. 10:37-38; 20:30-31).
    4.  Faith supports genuine hope, not senseless desire, Heb. 11:1, 4-7.
  B.  Saving Faith Acts on God’s Promises, Heb. 11:7-22.
    1.  Because people of faith trust God’s promises, 11:7-22.
    2.  Faith that pleases God:
      a.  Obeys God, 11:7-9, 17.
      b.  Relies on the faithfulness of God, 11:11.
      c.  Is sustained by hope, 11:10, 13-16; Heb. 6:13-19 (God’s faithfulness & our hope).
   C.  Saving Faith Values Christ Above All Else, Heb. 11:23-29.
    1.  Faith is not afraid of men, 11:23; cf. Jno. 12:42-43; Matt. 10:28 (Acts 5:29).
      a.  Will not value men over Christ, Matt. 10:32-37.
      b.  Will not value self over Christ, Matt. 10:38-39.
    2.  Faith is not controlled by earthly advantages, Heb. 11:24-26; Acts 7:22; Matt. 16:26; cf. Phil. 3:3-11.
       -Counts it an honorable thing to suffer reproach for Christ, Acts 5:41; Matt. 5:11-12.
    3.  Faith is deliberate, Heb. 11:27-29 (Lk. 14:27-33; 9:57-62).
  D.  Saving Faith Overcomes Opposition, Heb. 11:29-38.
    1.  The victories of faith, 11:29-34; 1 Jno. 5:4.
    2.  The victory of faith comes through enduring the trials of faith, 11:35-38; 1 Pet. 1:3-9.
  E.  The Faith of the Ancient Saints:
    1.  Testifies of their worthiness of heaven, 11:38-39.
    2.  Made perfect (complete in Christ), 11:39-40.
    3.  Urges us on to greater faith, Heb. 12:1-2.
 
Conclusion
1.  “When the Son of man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (NKJV) Lk. 18:8
2.  Our faith must be active to please God & save our souls, Jas. 2:14-18; Heb. 11:6.
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