Sheldonville Baptist Church
August 22, 2021 - Endurance
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      • James 5:10–11NKJV

  • Our God Reigns (How Lovely On The Mountains)
  • Majesty
  • Oh Great Is Our God
  • How Great Thou Art
  • Fill My Cup Lord
  • Introduction
    I am clearly not a runner, but even I can appreciate the difference between a Marathon and a Sprint. But what do you think? What are the similarities and what are the differences?
    The race that is described in Hebrews 12 is definitely a marathon.

    Run the Race, 1-3

    Read Hebrews 12:1-3
    Hebrews 12:1–3 NKJV
    1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
    Run with awareness, 1a
    of the part we play in the whole
    of the problems we may encounter
    weights slow us down
    sins add to our distance
    Run with endurance, 1b
    Run with anticipation, 2
    Run with courage, 3

    Why should we run this way? Because:

    #1 You have not been damaged, 4

    Read Hebrews 12:4
    Hebrews 12:4 NKJV
    4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.

    #2 You have not been disowned, 5-11

    Read Hebrews 12:5-11
    Hebrews 12:5–11 NKJV
    5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; 6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.” 7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
    Discipline validates our relationship with God, it does not void it.

    #3 You have not been disavowed, 12-17

    Read Hebrews 12:12-17
    Hebrews 12:12–17 NKJV
    12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. 14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; 16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. 17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.
    For better or for worse, God has place believers together in relational clusters we call churches. As a part of a church, we are given the opportunity/responsibility to help each other.
    Strengthen, 12
    Straighten, 13
    Sing, 14 (peace = harmonious relationships, not homogenous ones)
    Search, 15
    lest their be bitter relationships, 15
    lest their be bitter regret, 16-17

    #4 You have not been distanced, 18-24

    Read Hebrews 12:18-24
    Hebrews 12:18–24 NKJV
    18 For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, 19 and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore. 20 (For they could not endure what was commanded: “And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow.” 21 And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.”) 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
    Israel came to the Mount Sinai but were kept at a distance, 18-21
    We come to Mount Zion and are brought near, 22-24

    #5 You have not been destroyed, 25-29

    Read Hebrews 12:25-29
    Hebrews 12:25–29 NKJV
    25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, 26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” 27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.
    Many of the premier races in the world, running or otherwise, are races that you have to qualify for and be invited to. God has qualified us in Jesus and invited us in Scripture to be a part of His kingdom and a part of His race. We don’t really deserve this; we should recognize the honor for what it is and run with the ability He gives and for the reasons we find here:
    We have not been damaged, 4
    We have not been disowned, 5-11
    We have not been disavowed, 12-17
    We have not been distanced, 18-24
    We have not been destroyed, 25-29
    Sometimes when we are running, or walking, or working, or doing anything else that requires exertion, we sometimes find ourselves in need of a good why. Paul tells us to consider those who have gone before us, consider Jesus, and then consider what we have in Jesus…and then run our race.
      • Hebrews 12:1–3NKJV

      • Hebrews 12:4NKJV

      • Hebrews 12:5–11NKJV

      • Hebrews 12:12–17NKJV

      • Hebrews 12:18–24NKJV

      • Hebrews 12:25–29NKJV

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