Pain and PurposeTranscript of this Sermon
- Pain (v. 12:4-6)
- Purpose (v. 12:7-11)
- What was one thing that stuck out to you from Pastor Dave’s sermon?
- (Hebrews 12:4) My expectations often color how I interpret the circumstances in my life. The author reminds me that I have not suffered to the point of shedding blood, that my life has been pretty soft, that I need to put my ‘daddy pants’ on and do hard things. Where do you need to put your ‘daddy pants’ on and press on, instead of carrying on about all that is going on?
- (Hebrews 12:5-6) The author reminds me that God, in His love, meets me right where I am and loves me too much to leave me where I am. He has a big bag of tools to move and grow us, but most times it comes in the form of pressure. How do you respond when this pressure comes? Do you bow up? Blow up? Break down? What would it look like to huddle up with your heavenly Father and let Him lift you up?
- (Hebrews 12:7-11) God’s ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. How can pain and suffering be used by God to mature and strengthen us? How does the Gospel picture and proclaim God’s ability to use evil for good?
A Father’s Discipline
4You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; 5and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,
“My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
Nor faint when you are reproved by Him;
6For those whom the Lord loves He disciplines,
And He scourges every son whom He receives.”
7It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness. 11All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.