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Transforming Hope - Hebrews 11.13-16

As a part of my church planting residency with the Evangelical Covenant Church, I've been serving on staff at CCFC (the Cambridge ECC church). And in this role, I've been given the opportunity to lead a Friday night service at the church during the summer. This service has been a laboratory for a new format I'm taking for a test spin. In this format, there is a musical worship set followed by a short time of teaching (20-25 minutes). But the bulk of the time is spent in dialogue groups. This has been a wonderful learning experience.

In this Friday night service, I've been teaching through one of my favorite passages of Scripture (Hebrews 11.9-18) in a six-part series. I've titled the series: "Family of Faith: The New City God is Building." This past Friday, we were up to verses 13-16, and the topic of the message was "Transforming Hope." Below is the audio from the message along with the slides I showed during the talk. 

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The New City to Which Abraham Looked Forward: Commentary on Hebrews 11.9-10

"By faith [Abraham] made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God."
- Hebrews 11.9-10

"How could Abraham endure? He looked forward to the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. To what city did he look forward? There is no evidence that the hope of the resurrection was held in Abraham's day. Nor could he foresee any visible city, such as the Jerusalem of Solomon's time. His imagination ay have peopled this strange land with his descendants. He did look to the future. But his faith was in the God who would build the city with strong foundations. Faith in God confers no right to draw any blueprints of the coming city. We have our plans and hopes. But they are at best only partially fulfilled. History has an offspring in her womb that we cannot even fancy. But faith in the future rests on faith in God, by whose grace and wisdom the foundations of the coming city will be laid. What more could Abraham, or we ourselves, ask?"

- J. Harry Cotton  

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