Hebrews 12

This week is extra special as we get to hear from Candace and Libby! We’re almost finished with our summer focus of Hebrews 12, and both instructors were able to provide some thoughts on this second-to-last chapter. I encourage you to read through the entire book of Hebrews if you have not yet done so and explore each chapter’s post here on holybarre.org. Each chapter builds upon each other and leads us on a faith-filled journey through the old and new testament. Ultimately, it presents the case for Christ and how He has changed everything. Hebrews 12 transitions into our current race, training, and focus!

Candace lead our group beautifully during our weekly workout and shared these thoughts about Hebrews 12:

We run the race of faith with Jesus and TO Jesus!

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let US run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:1-3

Hebrews chapter 12 builds on the example of the heroes of the faith mentioned in chapter 11. The main point is that these figures endured suffering and hardship, yet held to their faith in God, which allowed them to achieve victory. Chapter 12, in particular, points out that earthly hardship is not a sign of God’s displeasure, or abandonment. Rather, it’s part of living in a fallen, godless world. And, in many cases, it’s a form of ”training” the Lord uses to mold us into more powerful instruments.

“He stands with us at the starting-point, and earnestly says to us, not ‘Run,’ but, ‘Let us run.’ The apostle himself is at our side as a runner.” (Spurgeon)

1)What is one thing that keeps you from running at full speed?

2)What sin easily entangles you? (It can be an attitude or a thought pattern.)
Laying aside is an action!

We need to remember Jesus is the ultimate coach. The body of Christ will soar when we FIX our eyes on Jesus and stop looking at sin and self or naval gazing. We will know how to run and where to run, and we will do it well! We will not worry about stumbling and falling, because we will not be looking down, we will be looking up and longing for God to do all He can in us and through us!

Jesus wins every race when He is allowed to lead!

“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,”

Hebrews 12:28 NIV

Now join Libby as she leads us through a 30-minute ‘kitchen workout’ and hear more about Hebrews 12! No equipment needed – just a countertop, chair back, etc.

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