Assurance of HopeTranscript of this Sermon
- Follow Diligently (v. 9-12)
- God’s promises are sure (v. 13-18)
- Our hope is sure (v. 19-20)
- What stood out to you from Pastor Shawn’s message today?
- What are the better things that belong to salvation in v.9?
- Since we are saved by Christ alone, what parts of our lives should we commit to Him?
- What are your thoughts on the phrase, “it is impossible for God to lie”?
- How should the truth that God’s promises never fail us impact our daily lives?
- Who in your life needs to hear/be reassured of His unfailing promises? How will you bring that message to them this week?
Better Things for You
9But, beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that accompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way. 10For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints. 11And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, 12so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
13For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14saying, “I will surely bless you and I will surely multiply you.” 15And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise. 16For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute. 17In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, 18so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. 19This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, 20where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.