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Episode Info: Fight to the Finish[Announce Text] Please keep your Bibles open to Hebrews 12:12-17 (pp. 1009).[Scripture Introduction] My name is Brett Sweet and I’m one of the pastors here. We’re in a series on the book of Hebrews- which was written to Christians who weren’t quite sure they wanted to continue to be Christians.[Prayer for Illumination] Please pray with me...[Illustration] The book of Hebrews was written to people who are fighting for their faith. They’re being opposed on all sides. They’re fighting against the lies of their family background that call them away from Christ and back to something else. In their case- Judaism. They’re fighting against the lies of the culture around them telling them to give up Christianity so they can be accepted and welcomed into the culture around them. They’re fighting against the struggles within them- sin and suffering. These people sound like us. These sound like our problems.And, as every study of wars, every kid who’s watched a playground brawl and heard the kids shouting “Fight! Fight! Fight!” have seen, it’s not really how the fight starts that matters. It matters how it ends. What matters is how it finishes.And that’s what Hebrews 12:12-17 is telling us. No matter how things started. No matter how bad things might look for you now.[Proposition] Fight to Finish Well.We’re in a race and our Heavenly Father is our coach and He’s disciplining us and training us to finish the race. It’s a tough race. But God our Father is with us and He is proving His love for us- even in hardship. He’s using all things for our good. And as He is with us He calls us to Fight. So there are two ways that will help us fight to finish well. We need to Fight like Sons of God and we need to Fight together against obstacles. Fight like Sons of God and we need to Fight together against obstacles.[Main Point 1] Fight like Sons of GodBefore we continue to our text, though I feel like I need to say something to put this passage and idea in context. There are a lot of famous opening lines to books: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...”- Charles Dickens’ A Tale ofTwo Cities. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”- JRR Tolkien’s the Hobbit. “Call me Ishmael.”- Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. A part of me wishes I was clever enough to come up with something like those for this sermon.But God, knowing that the Hebrews and we are in an intense fight gives these opening lines to this book- and they’re far better than Dickens or Tolkien or Melville:Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.These people are in a fight for their very souls. So are we. And God the Holy Spirit directed them to start by looking at Jesus Christ, the Son of God- the greatest being to ever set foot on this planet. The...
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