Pastor Andrew's Message
Dear Lord, as we enter into your presence today, may you speak to us and unite us as your
‘19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the
blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and
since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart
and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty
conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope
we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on
toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but
encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.’
Have you ever driven on a motorway during a gale? During one of my visits to Sevenoaks
before we moved, there was a storm that battered the country which I caught the beginning of on the
M40. It wasn’t too bad, but at times, I’d pass a gap in the trees lining the motorway and the wind
would buffet the car and I’d unintentionally swerve. If you’ve ever been in a situation similar, you’ll
know what it feels like to get a bit too friendly with an articulated lorry! But what do you do in that
situation? You make sure your hands are in the right “10 to 2” position and you grip the steering
wheel a little bit tighter to make sure that if the wind blows, you don’t swerve.
This is what comes to my mind when I read these verses again in Hebrews 10. Verse 23 tells us
to “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Just like the need to
hold the steering wheel tightly whilst driving a car in a gale, being a disciple requires that we hold on
tight to our hope.
At the moment, it feels as though we’re in a bit of a gale, doesn’t it? Only a couple of months
ago, we thought that the biggest issues of 2020 would be Brexit and Climate Change. Now they are
ignored from the news reels, and worldwide quarantine measures are all that’s important. This is the
latest storm moving in, and it definitely feels like we’re being buffeted!
So what are we to do? Hold on tightly. Hold on tightly to the hope we profess. Unlike those who
are lost and being blown from side to side, we have someone to hold onto. We have a Saviour in
Heaven preparing a place for us, and the Father’s Spirit with us now to equip and prepare us for
works of service. Hold on tightly to your hope, and don’t let go!
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus' name.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand
All other ground is sinking sand
When darkness hides His lovely face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.
His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood
When all around my soul gives way
He then is all my hope and stay
When He shall come with trumpet sound
Oh may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless to stand before the throne
Thank God for the hope He has given us in Christ Jesus.
Pick three people in the church that sit near you on a Sunday. Ask God to reveal his faithfulness
to them in new ways today