An Anchor for the soul-Pioneer Girls Sunday 2020-02/16/20

Message: ‘An anchor for the soul’
Text: Hebrews 6:17-20

Introduction: Pioneer Girls, can anyone tell me what this is? 

PP:It’s an anchor.

OK, What does it do? What’s the purpose of an anchor?

A boat anchor is made to keep a boat from drifting away at sea. Especially when the water gets rough.
PP: The way it works is you tie the anchor to a long rope thats attached to the boat.
When you want to keep the boat from drifting away, you would lower the anchor withthe rope down to the seafloor.
It’s heavy, made of metal and has points so that it sinks in the water easily and digs into the ocean floor to keep the boat from moving.

Let’s see if we can get a practical picture of this.

Get a PG volunteer. Have her hold on to just the rope w/o anchor.
Ask her to try to pull away.
Then ask her to pull on the rope and try to come to the end of it.
PP: That’s not possible and you’ll drift away, maybe even crash into rocks.
Why? Because you didn’t have an anchor.
Very dangerous, isn’t it?

I want you all to remember this. We’ll look at it again later.

So, Pioneer Girls, God is not talking about safe boating in our text this morning.

He’s using safe boating, having an anchor, to teach us something about the Christian life.
Let’s take a look at what God wants us to learn.

1. Luke 6:9  What’s the BIG IDEA of our text?

Before we can figure out what God wants to teach us about your Bible verse for the PG year, we need to get the BIG IDEA. It’s what Hebrews 6:19 is all about. And we’re told what that is in verse 9.

PP: Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation.

In Hebrews chapter 6, God is telling us that there are so many things that are important and that we need to know.

BUT, because of what many Christians at that time were going through, God thought there was one thing that was the best thing, … things that were about their salvation;

in other words, forgiveness and going to heaven.

In chapter 6, God talks about drifting away from Him and how that’s a bad thing. So, in order to help Christians from driftingaway from God, He tells us some very important truths about being saved, forgiven and going to heaven.

Let’s look at what God says!

2. Luke 6:11  Why is this important?

PP: Luke 6:11 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end.

You wake up in the morning and you think:

It’s not worth getting out of bed today.
Things are not going to be any better than it was yesterday.

And often, you feel that way because you’ve lost hope.

Hope is very powerful.

PP: W/ hope we can face anything that comes our way, w/o hope we crumble under any little difficulty.

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That’s why, depending on your translation, the word hope is found 3-4 times in Hebrews 6. When the Bible repeats something, it’s to show it’s important.

God is telling us, that yes, times will get difficult, there will be many storms in your life;

financial, relational, health, emotional, even spiritual,

and you will be tempted to drift away from your faith in Jesus.

You’ll begin to lose the hope that God still loves you and that He will bring you to His presence in heaven when your life is over.  

BUT, God wants us to know that we can trust in hope, the hope of our salvation, forgiveness and our forever home in heaven.

But God’s talking about a specific kind of hope

It’s not wishful thinking like ‘I hope I’ll score a goal in soccer’.

No, God defines His special kind of hope right here in the verse…

It’s hope that has a full assurance of becoming reality… a hope that will happen, it’s like a promise that will never be broken.

And according to our text, this is the hope of every Christian:

That Jesus has such a strong hold on us, that no matter what happens in this life, He will bring the Christian home to heaven when they die. No matter what!

That’s the kind of hope that the follower of Jesus has. I pray… you have that kind of hope.

3. Luke 6:17-18  How can we be sure?

So, how can we be sure that God’s kind of hope will really happen and we can trust it… with our very lives?

PP: So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of His purpose, He guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.

We can have this hope because of God’s character, of who God is. And in verses 17-18 we find two truths that help us know we can trust God and have His kind of hope.

A. God’s purposes never change.

First, God’s purposes for us… never change.

Do you see the word unchangeable in the text?

PG: What does unchangeable mean?

It means God never changes His mind.
It means God’s plans never change.
It means God’s will never changes.

Whatever God wants… always happens.

Listen to what the Bible says about God’s purposes, the things He decides to do:

PP: Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. (Proverbs 19:21)

The Lord of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand (Isaiah 14:24)

The Christian can have hope that they will be saved, forgiven, and welcomed into heaven.

And it’s not about what we do to try to make that happen, it’s about God’s character,
that He never changes His mind about you.

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B. God cant lie.

Second, reason we can trust God’s kind of hope. God cannot lie, He always tells the truth.

PP: In Numbers 23:19 we read: “God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?”  

God never lies! And that means that God forever save those who come to Him by faith in Jesus.

Remember, Hebrews 6 is about God’s salvation, forgiveness and Jesusbringing us to His presence in heaven.

Everything God says is true and it’s always true.

PP: Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. (John 14:6a) Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.” (John 17:17)

What are some of the things God has promised, that He has said about forgiveness, about salvation, about heaven?

PP: But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, (John 1:12)

All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and whoever comes to Me I will never cast out. (John 6:37)

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

PP: And those whom He predestined He also called, and those whom He called He also justified, and those whom He justified He also glorified. (Romans 8:30)

God never lies. Whatever He says is true! Aren’t you glad to hear that?

God wants us to place our hope in His character so that when the storms of life come, and they will, our faith in Him will not drift away.

4. Luke 6:19-20a  Why can we hold on to hope?

PP: We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf

A. Hope is our anchor

Hope, God’s kind of hope, the hope I’ve been talking about to get us to the PG Bible verse for the year…

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul.

Two things  

First, God tells us that His hope, like and anchor, is both sure and steadfast.

When life is hard, when trouble is all around, when the storms of life threaten our faith…
Hope, God’s Hope, like a boats anchor, keeps us from drifting, keep us from smashing against the rocks of despair
And the way the Greek puts it, it’s not a one-time thing. God’s hope continually keeps us safe and secure

God’s purposes always stand, and God never lies.

Second, God reminds us that in all of this, He’s speaking about our salvation, forgiveness and eternal home in heaven… how? By saying that Hope is the anchor for our… SOUL.

Our soul is the eternal part of who we are.

It’s the part that, through faith in Jesus, that when we die, will be sent to our home in heaven, to the very presence of Jesus Himself.  

It’s a sure thing! How do I know? Because of where our Hope is anchored.

B. Our hope is fixed in heaven

God writes: a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf…

God tells us that His hope is fixed in heaven.

Hope is an anchor for our souland our anchor is located, is fixed, in the Holy Place behind the curtain… friends, that’s in the very presence of God, Himself!

How does that happen?

Because Jesus has gone to God’s presence… to heaven.
Because Jesus is preparing a place for us in God’s presence, in heaven.
Because according to Titus 2:13 Jesus is our hope: waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:13)

And let me finish connecting the dots.

Since Jesus is our hope, that also makes Him our anchor.
And since Jesus is our anchor, and since Jesus is in heaven,
then we, those who place their faith in Jesus, have our hope… anchored in heaven, in the very presence of God.

Picture this: We hold one end of the rope here on earth and it is attached to our anchor, Jesus, who holds the other end in the throne of grace, in heaven itself!

Our salvation, forgiveness and home in heaven, is secured, is held immovable, by Jesus, the One who secured all that for us on the cross.

Christian, your soul is forever safe and secure, in the strong hands of Jesus.

Let’s make this practical so we can see what the writer of the Book of Hebrews wants us to learn.

Get a PG volunteer. Have her hold on to the end of the rope w/ anchor.
Ask her to try to pull away from the anchor.
Then ask her to hold on to the rope while I pull her to me.
Notice you didn’t drift away and you were able to get to the anchor by holding on to it.
That’s because you had an anchor.

Jesus has such a strong hold on us, that no matter what happens in this life, He will bring the Christian home to heaven when they die.

If you believe in Jesus, your soul is forever safe and secure, in Jesus’ hands.

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Conclusion: Do you have that kind of hope?

We all have an anchor that we use to try to hold our lives steady.

For some it’s success, money, popularity
For some it’s being good in sports or academics.
For some it’s beauty, or youth.

The problem is, they are not very strong anchors. Because we made them, we worked hard, and we rely on that to keep us safe and steady in life.

But, when storms come, when we’re confused, worried, afraid, when we doubt if we can take another step w/o falling… it’s because our man-made anchors are not strong enough to keep us from drifting, from crashing upon the rocks of hopelessness.

The only safe place, the only secure place, the only place of true and lasting hope, is when you place your faith in Jesus and He becomes your anchor.

And Christian,

You may face situations that look hopeless, but hold on, there is hope.
You may feel helpless, but there is still help.
You may feel powerless, but hold on, the anchor holds and there is power to see you through.

When Jesus is your anchor… your anchor holds