Risk Part 4

August 31, 2018 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video

 

R – REASONABLE

 

I – INSPIRED

 

S – STUPID

 

K – KINGDOM

Inspired, but not with results of personal victory, but rather results of personal sacrifice for a transcendent cause to achieve a long term victory (ie. martyrdom, asceticism).  

 

Mark 8:35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it.

 

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot

 

Many gave up their life for the faith:

Jesus was tortured and crucified

Stephen was stoned

James Zebedee was beheaded by sword

Antipas was slowly burned alive in a brazen bull

Matthew was killed by halberd

Andrew was crucified

Philip was scourged and crucified

Matthias was stoned then beheaded

Peter was crucified upside down

James brother of Jesus was thrown from temple pinnacle then clubbed.

Thaddeus (aka. Jude) was crucified

Bartholomew beaten at length then crucified.

Thomas was killed by spear

Luke was hanged

Paul spent years in prison and was beheaded

Simon was crucified

Polycarp was burned at the stake and when they didn’t kill him he was stabbed

John Huss was burned at the stake

William Tyndale was choked to death at the stake, then burned.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hanged

Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming and Roger Youderian were speared

Cassie Bernall and Rachel Joy Scott were shot

 

There are many who gave up their lives by denying the pleasures and treasures of this world to serve the kingdom cause: Hudson Taylor, William Carey, David Livingstone, Eric Liddell, Amy Carmichael, Elisabeth Elliot, Rachel Saint, Mother Teresa

 

Revelation 12:11-12 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

“Now have come the salvation and the power

   and the kingdom of our God,

   and the authority of his Messiah.

For the accuser of our brothers and sisters,

   who accuses them before our God day and night,

   has been hurled down.

11 They triumphed over him

   by the blood of the Lamb

   and by the word of their testimony;

they did not love their lives so much

   as to shrink from death.

 

Hebrews 10:39 39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.