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Christian Confidence

Hebrews 10:19-36, 39



Eph 3:12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. NKJV


1.   Christian Confidence In . . Worship. 10:19-23


       A.   Confidence In Worship Through The . . Blood of Jesus. 10:19-20


       1.    Entrance To The Sanctuary through the Blood. v 19

19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of



       2.    Entreaty To The Holy Place through the Blood. v 20

          20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is,

     His flesh,


       B.   Confidence In Worship Through The . . Boldness of Faith. 10:21-23


              1.    The . . Full Assurance Producing Boldness. v 21-22a

               21 and having a High Priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a

               true heart in full assurance of faith,. . .” 


              2.    The . . Faithful Assurance Producing Boldness. v 22b-23

                         “. . . having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies

               washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope

               without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.


Illustration         Archbishop of Canterbury

William Temple, the renowned archbishop of Canterbury, defined worship as:


1.     Quickening the conscience by the holiness of God.


2.     Feeding the mind with the truth of God.


3.     Purging the imagination by the beauty of God.


4.     Opening the heart to the love of God.


5.     Devoting the will to the purpose of God

(Vol. 2, p. 117). R. Mounce, Matthew, p. 151


Christian Confidence In . . Worship.

Through the Blood of Jesus and the Boldness of Faith.


2.   Christian Confidence In . . Warnings. 10:24-27


       A.   Confidence In Warnings About . . Ministry. 10:24

24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,


Illustration   The Sympathetic Jewel

A man visited Tiffany's jewelry store in New York City. He was shown a magnificent diamond with its gleaming yellow light and many other splendid stones. But he observed one stone that was perfectly lusterless and said, "That has no beauty about it at all." The friend who was with him put the stone in the hollow of his hand and held it there for a few minutes. When he opened it, the man said, "What a surprise! There is not a place on it the size of a pinhead that does not gleam with the splendor of the rainbow. What did you do with it?" His friend answered, "This is an opal. It is what we call the sympathetic jewel. It only needs contact with the human hand to bring out its wonderful beauty." How many lives there are that need only the warm touch of human sympathy to make them gleam with opalescent splendor.


       B.   Confidence In Warnings About . . Meetings. 10:25

25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some,

     but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.


Illustration  Dispel the Darkness

An Australian native preacher went to a little church in the bush to preach. It was dusk when he arrived, the place was without light, and he wondered what to do about it. Presently, he saw twinkling lights moving about through the bush. His congregation was arriving. Each person carried a hurricane lamp, and as they came in they placed their lamps upon a shelf around the chapel wall. Soon the whole place was flooded with light. Each had contributed light that had dispelled the darkness. Your share is needed in a world which desperately needs the illumination of the gospel.


       C.   Confidence In Warnings About . . Miserable Expectations. 10:26-27

26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.


Illustrations        361. Unpopular Subject

"Oh, you preachers make me sick!" a fellow said to a witnessing Christian on the train one day. The Christian assured him he was not a preacher. "I don't care what you are. You Christians are always talking about a man going to hell because Adam sinned." "No," the Christian said, "you need not go to hell because Adam sinned. You will go to hell because you refuse the remedy provided for Adam's sin. Don't keep complaining about something that has absolutely been taken care of. If you go to hell, you will go over the broken body of Jesus Christ, who died to keep you out." (from AMG International, Inc.)


Christian Confidence In . . Worship.

Christian Confidence In . . Warnings.

Through, Ministry, Meetings, and Warnings of the Miserableness of Hell, and Life without Christ


3.   Christian Confidence In The . . Witnesses. 10:28-34


       A.   The Witnesses from the . . Testimonies. 10:28

28 Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.


       B.   The Witnesses from the . . Trampling. 10:28

29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?


A long time ago I heard of a car accident where a young girl’s blood was all over the highway. As always many people came by to look, and some even got out of their car and walked over to view the wreckage. As they did they walked through the blood of the little girl. The father loudly declared don’t walk on my daughters blood. We can understand that can’t we?


       C.   The Witnesses from the . . Terrifying Things. 10:30-31

30 For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the

     Lord. And again, "The Lord will judge His people." 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into

     the hands of the living God.


Illustration  The Reality of Hell

A dying girl said to her father, "Father, why didn't you tell me there was such a place?" "What place?" "A hell!" "Jenny," he said, "there is no such place. God is merciful. There will be no future suffering." She said, "I know better! I'm slipping into eternity this moment. I am lost! Why did you not tell me there was such a place?" We do not want to be accused one day of not having told others, for that will be a witness against us. (from AMG International, Inc.


       D.   The Witnesses from the . . Tribulations. 10:32-34


              1.    Suffering and . . Tribulations. v 32-33a

               32 But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you

               endured a great struggle with sufferings: 33 partly while you were made a

               spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations,. . .”


              2.    Sympathizing and . . Tribulations. v 33b-34a

                     . . .and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated;

               34 for you had compassion on me in my chains,


3.Sacrifices and . . Tribulations. v 33b-34b

               “. . . and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you

               have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.


Christian Confidence In . . Worship. Christian Confidence In . . Warnings. Christian Confidence In The . . Witnesses.


4.   Christian Confidence In The . . Wages. 10:35-36, 39 


        A.   Confidence In The Wages Of . . Fortitude. 10:35-36

35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. 36 For

     you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may

     receive the promise:


       B.   Confidence In The Wages Of . . Faith. 10:39

39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. NKJV


Illustration  Newspaper Dog

One morning I opened the door to get the newspaper and was surprised to see a strange little dog with our paper in his mouth. Delighted with this unexpected “delivery service,” I fed him some treats. The following morning I was horrified to see the same dog sitting in front of our door, wagging his tail, surrounded by eight newspapers.

I spent the rest of that morning returning the papers to their owners.

Marion Gilbert in Reminisce, quoted in Reader’s Digest, February, 1994, p. 12


Illustration  Annual Madness Race

One of the most grueling of all bicycle races is the Tour De France. A contestant in that event, Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle, describes it in a National Geographic article titled, ?An Annual Madness.? The race covers about 2000 miles, including some of France’s most difficult, mountainous terrain. Eating and drinking is done on the run. And there are extremes of heat and cold. To train for the event, Lassalle rides his bicycle 22,000 miles a year. What kind of prize makes people endure so much hardship and pain! $10,000? $100,000? No. It?s just a special winner’s jersey. What then motivates the contestants? Lassalle sums it up: ?Why, to sweep through the Arc de Triomphe on the last day. To be able to say you finished the Tour de France.?

Our Daily Bread, October 5, 1990

Christian Confidence

Christian Confidence In . . Worship.

Christian Confidence In . . Warnings.

Christian Confidence In The . . Witnesses.

Christian Confidence In The . . Wages.