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?
Let’s see if we can get a practical picture of this.
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.
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.
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 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:
And often, you feel that way because you’ve lost hope.
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;
and you will be tempted to drift away from your faith in Jesus.
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
No, God defines His special kind of hope right here in the verse…
And according to our text, this is the hope of every Christian:
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?
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.
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B. God can’t 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.
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…
First, God tells us that His hope, like and anchor, is both sure and steadfast.
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 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?
And let me finish connecting the dots.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
When Jesus is your anchor… your anchor holds