Steve Zeisler - January 11, 2015
Renewing Our Passports
‘Sojourning’ is one of the compelling images used in both the Old and New Testaments to describe the life of faith. However familiar the world around us may feel, it is not our home. God places each believer in a particular alien environment (Silicon Valley for most of us) in order to serve the needy, declare God’s grace, stand for truth and sing His praise. But this world is not our home. We belong to the city we can see in the distance (Heb. 11:10).
Scripture References: Hebrews 11:8-16
From Series: "Immortal. Invisible."
We focus on the world we can see, hear, and touch; and are often warned, with good reason, against excessive attention to virtual experience and worldly fantasies. However, flights of imagination and the things of the material world are not the totality of existence; indeed neither is of first importance. By faith we grasp truth that is not tangible, apprehend reality we can’t measure, take hold of experience that has not yet occurred. Hebrews 11:1 states succinctly: Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. There are two categories in view here: a) history that is certain but not yet accomplished (what is hoped for) and b) profound realities everywhere around us that we cannot measure with our senses (things not seen). In this sermon series we will begin a new year, not with resolutions about diets, budgets and exercise. Rather, we aim to grow in grace - giving attention to realities that beckon us from the future and form us in the present while remaining unseen.