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Show others how to persevere through heartache

  • Ruth 1:1-3 – Naomi endured famine and the loss of her husband.
  • Ruth 1:4-5 – Naomi lost her two sons.
  • Ruth 1:6-13 – Naomi felt that God’s hand was against her.
  • Job 19:6, 19
  • Ruth 1:19-21 – Don’t call me “pleasant.” Call me “bitter.”
  • Ruth 2:19-20 – Naomi’s attitude toward the Lord begins to change.
  • I Timothy 5:5-6

Advise and teach the next generation

  • Ruth 1:8-9 – Despite her hesitation, Naomi dealt kindly with her daughters-in-law.
  • Ruth 1:14
  • Ruth 2:2, 19, 20; 3:1-5, 16 – Naomi advises Ruth.
  • Ruth 4:16-17
  • Titus 2:3
  • Luke 2:36-38 – God had an important job for Anna the prophetess!

Glorify God with what you have

  • Ruth 1:21, 16-17 – Naomi was not empty. She still had blessings in her life (Ruth).
  • Ruth 4:13-17
  • Ruth 2:10
  • The key to being productive in later years is attitude.

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  • Hebrews 10:26-39
  • Hebrews 10:26 – One may get the idea from this verse that after we have knowledge of the truth and sin, we can never be forgiven. That is not what this verse is saying. It is simply saying that you cannot be forgiven while you are willfully sinning.
  • Hebrews 10:27-31 – Those who had heard the gospel and turned back to the Law of Moses had no way to be forgiven of their sin.
    • Hebrews 10:29 – The “spirit of grace” here could refer to the Holy Spirit, but it may also refer to the disposition of grace, which would apply to God the Father and Jesus also.
    • Hebrews 10:31 – For Christians, it will be a wonderful thing to fall into the hands of God.
  • Hebrews 10:32-36 – This passage refutes the idea of “once saved, always saved.”
    • Hebrews 10:36 – “What a great admonition for all of us! This passage would make no sense if “once saved, always saved” was a true doctrine. This verse appears to be the bookend of the section started in Hebrews 10:19, referring to our confidence as Christians.
  • Hebrews 10:37-39 – This is referring to Jesus coming in judgment (possibly on Jerusalem since the time is indicated as being near). This is a quote from Habakkuk 2:3-4.

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Introduction

  • I Timothy 6:13-16
  • Hebrews 9:28 – Jesus is coming back not for sin, but for salvation!

Rest – “By the grace of God, I made it!”

  • Hebrews 3:4; 4:1
  • Hebrews 4:8-10
  • I Corinthians 15:58

Comfort – “No more sickness and death!”

  • I Corinthians 15:35-49
  • Luke 16:19-31 – The rich man and Lazarus
  • Philippians 3:20

Awe – “This is God in His glory!”

  • Revelation 4:1-11
  • Revelation 20:11
  • Matthew 25:31-32
  • I Thessalonians 4:17
  • I Thessalonians 5:10
  • I John 3:2

Vindication – “Finally, Lord!”

  • Revelation 6:9-11
  • II Thessalonians 1:6
  • Romans 14:11
  • Our choices in life to serve God will finally be validated.

Gratitude – “Thank you, God!”

  • I Corinthians 15:55-57
  • Revelation 5:11-14

Conclusion

For Christians For others
Rest Dread
Comfort Torment
Awe Fear
Vindication Condemnation
Gratitude Regret
  • II Thessalonians 1:8-10

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Parent and child, continued:

Exercise tough love, continued

  • Hebrews 12:4-6 – This verse quotes Proverbs 3:11-12. God disciplines us out of love. Just as we should appreciate (and not reject) the discipline that comes from God, we should appreciate the discipline that comes from our earthly parents.
  • Hebrews 12:7-11 – Discipline should result in righteousness in our children. We shouldn’t just yell at our kids to blow off steam!
  • Discipline is not pleasant for mothers and fathers, but it is something that must be done! Refusing to discipline your children for your own comfort is selfishness.
  • Proverbs 29:17
  • The Eli mistake
    • I Samuel 2-3
    • I Samuel 2:12-16 – Eli’s sons steal from the people.
    • I Samuel 2:22-25 – Eli’s sons commit fornication.
    • I Samuel 3:13 – Eli was condemned for not rebuking his sons. He spoke to them, but did not go far enough to change their behavior.
    • Discipline may involve some breaks in the parent-child relationship. We can’t be so afraid of short periods of disharmony in the relationship that we fail to discipline our children, though.

Beware the devil!

  • Did Jesus make a mistake in teaching Judas that caused Judas to betray Him? No! It was his decision to betray Jesus.
  • We cannot force our children to obey God. It is their choice.

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Introduction

  • II Timothy 1:9

The experience of salvation

  • Those who are in Christ are saved
  • But this is not just a future prize
    • Ephesians 1:3
    • Luke 19:9
    • Jude 1:3 – “the salvation we share”
  • Our relationship with God in Christ
    • John 17:23
    • Colossians 1:27
    • I John 4:15-16
  • We should relish and enjoy it
    • Acts 8:39 – “went on his way rejoicing”
    • I Peter 1:8-9
  • We should practice it
    • Colossians 2:6-7
    • I John 1:6-7, 9
    • Hebrews 5:8-9 – those who are actively obeying
    • Philippians 2:12-13

What is heaven?

  • Being with God, Revelation 21:3
  • Praising Him together, Revelation 7:10
  • Rejoicing together, Revelation 19:7
  • Serving Him, Revelation 22:3
  • Living without sin, Revelation 21:27
  • Living without fear, Revelation 21:4

Conclusion

  • Salvation is our present reality
  • Not just the knowledge that we are saved, but the experience of it
  • By living the grace, love, goodness, knowledge and truth of Christ

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