Although this warning passage in the book of Hebrews has been the subject of much discussion and debate throughout the history of the Church, it is also a source of tremendous encouragement to the believer. It deals with the question of whether or not a Christian can lose their salvation.
In trying to understand this controversial passage, in this sermon we ask three basic questions of the text:
1. What does the whole Bible say about losing your salvation?
2. Who is the person described in verses 4-6?
3. What does this mean for Christian assurance of salvation?
The Struggling Church
When 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians were beheaded by the Islamic State in February of 2015, the world came face to face with the extreme persecution of Christians. Detailed research suggests that persecution worldwide is a lot worse than we think. What do we make of persecution? How ought we to think about ourselves in relatively peaceful countries that uphold the freedom of religion? Are we being persecuted? Should we expect persecution? Listen in as we look at how the apostle Paul spoke to the Thessalonian church about the persecution they faced in the first century.
Jesus Goes To Church 6: Philadelphia
The simple reality of the Christian faith is that it isn't easy. It isn't easy and as a result difficulty is often accompanied by doubt. How do I know I'm really a Christian? How do I even know all this God stuff is real? One of the things we need to keep talking about in the church is assurance. People need to be assured about their faith in the humdrum of life. The Philadelphian church was a struggling, but faithful church in desperate need of tender words of assurance. By listening to what Jesus says to them, we too can find the assurance we need to persevere in the Christian faith.