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Jesus is better than anything else to which you could give your life

July 15, 2018 Speaker: Gibson Largent Series: Hebrews

Passage: Hebrews 1:4–1:14

 

Hebrews 1:4-14[4] having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. [5] For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”? [6] And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God's angels worship him.” [7] Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.” [8] But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. [9] You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.” [10] And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; [11] they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, [12] like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.” [13] And to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? [14] Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation? (ESV)

Listening Guide:

Main Points:

  • 1. One of the goals of redemption: Christlikeness
    • The first great commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength
    • God uses all things to accomplish His purposes for you: that you may know Him and be like Him
      • Progressive sanctification 
      • Christlikeness
  • 2. Avoid an unhealthy emphasis on the means
    • So he will use various things in your life to accomplish those purposes. Those various things are the means, not the end goal. 
    • Ultimately your highest goal should be to love the Lord your God with all your heart soul mind and strength
    • It can be easy to lose focus on the goal of our salvation and turn to the means by which God is accomplishing His purposes
    • For example:
      • You can love the culture of a church and not love the Lord your God…
        • The church - the regular gathering of believers - is one of the means by which God is accomplishing His purposes
      • You can put an unhealthy emphasis on finances
      • You can put an unhealthy emphasis on parenting
      • You can put an unhealthy focus on career 
      • You can put an unhealthy focus on rest and comfort
  • 3. Focus on Jesus
    • Peter walking on water
      • Matthew 14:28–33 - “And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” [29] He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. [30] But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” [31] Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” [32] And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. [33] And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (ESV)
    • Hebrews 12:1–2 - [1] Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, [2] looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (ESV)

 

Conclusion

  • Mark 4:13–20 - “And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? [14] The sower sows the word. [15] And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. [16] And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. [17] And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. [18] And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, [19] but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. [20] But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” (ESV)
    • The cares of this world
    • Deceitfulness of riches
    • Desires for other things enter in and choke the word
  • Abiding in Christ
    • John 15:1–5 - “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. [2] Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. [3] Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. [4] Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. [5] I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (ESV)
  • Hebrews 12:1–2 - [1] Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, [2] looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (ESV)

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