Listen Gratefully | Pastor Mike Fortune | April 6, 2013


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by Pastor Mike Fortune
April 6, 2013

  1. God risks rescue (Hebrews 12:24; 1 Peter 3:18)
  2. So let's listen (Hebrews 12:25-27; Haggai 2:6-7)
  3. Gratefully (Hebrews 12:28-29; Exodus 24:17; Deuteronomy 4:24; Hosea 14:2-4)

Hebrews 12:24-29
24 You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel. 25 Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven! 26 When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: "Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also." 27 This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain. 28 Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. 29 For our God is a devouring fire.

1 Peter 3:18
18 Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.

Haggai 2:6-7
6 For this is what the LORD of Heaven's Armies says: In just a little while I will again shake the heavens and the earth, the oceans and the dry land. 7 I will shake all the nations, and the treasures of all the nations will be brought to this Temple. I will fill this place with glory, says the LORD of Heaven's Armies.

Exodus 24:17
17 To the Israelites at the foot of the mountain, the glory of the LORD appeared at the summit like a consuming fire.

Deuteronomy 4:24
24 The LORD your God is a devouring fire; he is a jealous God.

Hosea 14:2-4
2 Bring your confessions, and return to the LORD. Say to him, "Forgive all our sins and graciously receive us, so that we may offer you our praises. 3 Assyria cannot save us, nor can our warhorses.
Never again will we say to the idols we have made, 'You are our gods.' No, in you alone do the orphans find mercy." 4 The LORD says, "Then I will heal you of your faithlessness; my love will know no bounds, for my anger will be gone forever.