We apologize for the distorted audio. There were some technical issues, which have been resolved, but we still wanted to share this sermon from the launch of Anchor Church. We hope it encourages you!
"We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away." - Hebrews 2:1
I have some friends that have this amazing story of a time when they drifted out on their kayaks into the bay only to get stuck in the current of an incoming storm and then to have their kayaks tip. They ended up being stuck in 50 degree water for over 40 minutes until help arrived!
It seems like life can often be like that. We face currents that pull us, storms that surprise us, and we battle against the tendency to drift away.
The letter of Hebrews is addressing a group of Christians who are facing these kinds of things in life. So they needed a reminder about the reality of life and the offer of something that could bring steadiness in their sense of instability. They needed something that could keep them strong and stable against the currents, storms, and the drifting.
This is us too. We are in the same "boat". We have the same need.
"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure." - Hebrews 6:19
What is hope?
Hope is NOT how we often use the word. "I hope I get this job", "I hope I pass this test". This makes hope to be more of a wish.
Hope is a "certain expectation of the future." Hope is being sure of something, not just wishing for something.
Hope is having a certainty about tomorrow. This is how hope becomes an anchor for our souls. Hope for tomorrow gives us strength for today.
Tomorrow's promise is today's power.
To give it some more meat - God's promise in Christ for tomorrow is our strength in Christ today.
In this life, we all need this kind of anchor. We all need this kind of hope. Because we all face currents, storms, and the temptation to drift.
When those things come...
What will keep you steady?
What will give you the power you need to endure?
What is your anchor?
What is your hope, your certain expectation of the future?
We have this hope. But, what makes this hope different?
"It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf." - Hebrews 6:19b-20
This anchor is one set by Jesus in the presence of God and it carries the promise of his return in which he will make everything right and all things new.
If hope can be thought of as tomorrow's promise that gives strength today then Christian hope is the promise of Jesus' return and future reign/restoration/redemption that then gives us strength to endure whatever temporary things we encounter in this life.
When we realize what kind of anchor we have, it changes our perspective on any storm we face.
People of Hope
In the early years of Christianity, when following Jesus was in many cases illegal and a great risk, the anchor became a kind of secret symbol that helped remind them that no matter what they faced they were a people of hope. They had a future they could count on, because they had put their trust in Jesus.
For over 2,000 now, Christians have been a people of hope. People who had gained a new perspective on life, difficulty, suffering, storms. It didn't matter what they faced, because they had an anchor that was firm and secure, trustworthy and strong.
This is the kind of hope so desperately needed in todays world. Jesus offers a lasting hope for the hopeless. A promise of the future that empowers today.
So we must grab on!
Hold on to the hope!
Hold on to Jesus!
Hold on to tomorrow's promise of Jesus' return in power and let it empower you for today!
Hold on! We are a people of hope!