This sermon was based on Hebrews 10:19-25.
The Full Assurance of Faith
19Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
THE BAR IS TOO LOW
- There is an issue in the Corinthian church with a man who is having an affair with his dad’s wife. This is not good.
- The Corinthians didn’t take it seriously.
- In order to have a true perspective on the importance of issues like this we need to recover a sense of both the horror of sin and the beauty of holiness.
- The solution was for the church to make a judgment on the man.
- He needed to be removed for the church for a time – this would be both for the salvation of his own soul (he did eventually repent and come back) and also for the sake of the church (sin spreads like leaven in a loaf).
THE BAR IS TOO HIGH
- Paul had tried to raise the issue with the Corinthians before but they had misunderstood.
- Instead of dealing with the issue within their community, they instead put up barriers with people outside.
- A lot of people feel that Christians can be judgmental – it is not our place to judge those outside the church. We should build relationships and show compassion as Jesus did.