Christianity is profoundly future-oriented. Our faith is based upon promises: that God will do something for us if we trust in Him. Without promises, our faith must necessarily fail. Our text in Hebrews 6:13-20 teaches us the power of promises to enable persevering faith.
We begin with a call to worship in which God takes an oath, promising by His own name to ultimately have every knee bow and confess before Him. We gladly bow to this, and then sing that our hope is based on nothing less (or more) than our promised Messiah, Jesus the Son of God. “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less” underlines our trust in His promises.
We then read a series of promises in Isaiah 43:1-7. The hymn “How Firm a Foundation” puts these promises into song. The first stanza introduces us to the idea of promises, and the next stanzas are in fact paraphrases of several Scripture passages: Isaiah 41:10, 43:2, Romans 8:3-39, Hebrews 13:5, and Deuteronomy 31:6.
Our New Testament reading is from 2 Corinthians 1, where we read of how the promises relate to Jesus Christ. We pray, only because there are promises associated with prayer. After honouring our God with our substance, we sing of another promise: that “Before the Throne of God Above”, we have the perfect intercessor, our great High Priest Jesus.
After seeing and savouring God’s glory in His Word, we close by singing the promise of Jude 24-25: that He will keep us from falling.
Call to Worship: Isaiah 45:22-25
Prayer of Invocation
Hymn 216 My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less (SOLID ROCK)
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 43:1-7
Hymn 241 How Firm a Foundation
Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:15-22
Offering Congregational Song 7 Before the Throne of God Above
Sermon: Hebrews 6:13-20: “The Power to Persevere through Promises”
Song 37 Now Unto Him