I recently re-listened to a sermon Matt Chandler gave at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Chapel in November 2009 on Hebrews 11.
Here are some of the notes I took from it:
-Be who God made you to be. Wanting to be someone else is sin.
-Is Jesus enough for you if you get eaten by lions or get killed by the sword? Do you have deep affection for Jesus? Since some of you will get devoured by lions and some won’t, take holiness seriously.
-Be holy as God is holy. Continually confess and repent of sins and turn to Christ (1 John 1)
-Live a life marked by faithfulness and obedience. Plod the path laid out for you for the glory of God (do you love the recognition of men more than the fellowship of God?). Faithful men are often eaten by lions. Build commitment.
29 By faith bthe people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. 30 By faith cthe walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. 31 By faith dRahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she ehad given a friendly welcome to the spies.
32 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of fGideon, gBarak, hSamson, iJephthah, of jDavid and kSamuel and the prophets— 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises,lstopped the mouths of lions, 34 mquenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, nbecame mighty in war, nput foreign armies to flight. 35 oWomen received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even pchains and imprisonment. 37 qThey were stoned, they were sawn in two,1rthey were killed with the sword. sThey went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— 38 of whom the world was not worthy—twandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.