Mon, 28 April 2008
This is the Twenty-Sixth and final lesson in a study of the book of Romans. This week we cover chapter 16.
We hope you have enjoyed this series and our thanks go out to Steve Bartlet for all the time he devoted in the teaching of this class and for allowing us to record the lessons and make them available on our website.
We hope to have a similar study available beginning in August 2008 as we look at the book of Revelation.
Sun, 27 April 2008
Text: Hebrews 4:12-13
Last week we learned that we should diligently pursue rest by faith. The question we ask this week is why? The answer is found in Hebrews 4:12-13.
1) The word of God is Living (vs. 12)
*Living and active. The word is present tense indicating relevance for today. Today people don't want to hear the word because it is controversial.2) The word of God is Active
* the Greek word is where we get the English word for energy. It works!3) The word of God Penetrates.
* It never fails to cut.4) The word of God Judges.
* It judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart. To think is to ponder or to think out. The English word for reflection comes from this. Think about sitting out under the stars while considering the universe. Intentions have more to do with thinking that leads to actions. Exposing the intentions of the heart.5) The word of God Sees. (vs.13)
* The example of the garden of Eden and Jonah. Is it truly possible to hide from God? No! All things are open and laid bare. The example of an animal about to be sacrificed. There is nothing hidden from God and I must rest in that fact.** See also Psalm 139: 1-16. How much does he know us? The word of God is powerful, it sees the depths.
Mon, 21 April 2008
This is the Twenty-Fifth lesson in a study of the book of Romans. This week we cover chapter 15.
Sun, 20 April 2008
Text: Hebrews 4:1-11
Listen as Pastor Thad brings a message from the book of Hebrews on the subject of "rest". Are you resting on God or are you resting on yourself?
I. Rest Established
3a-Rest for those who believeII. Rest Available
3b-No Rest because of unbelief
4-Rest established by God
“By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all the work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.?
5-No Rest-Author reiterates Israel’s unbelief
6a-Rest remains for some
6b-No Rest for those disobedient
7a-Rest offered-What’s the significance of this offer as mentioned in verse 7?
1. The time David wrote Psalm 95 was 3-400 years after Israel entered the land.
2. Even after their disobedience and entrance into the land via Joshua; Rest is still being offered.
3. Rest God offered is more than a piece of land as evident from Psalm 95.
4. The offer to Rest is still appropriate at the time of this letter and as the text indicates in verses 1 and 6 still available now.
* Rest is presently available. Entering in verse one is present tense; indicating that the rest available is neither past or future but a present opportunity for those believing. (verse 1)III. Rest Brings Strong Exhortation
* Rest is possible as one hears the good news (the gospel) and has faith. (verse 2)
* Rest does not mean absence of activity; but as the author establishes in verse 9; Rest means enjoyment of relationship.
* Let us fear. Homer Kent writes, “the fear spoken of is not terror but Godly fear which produces soberness and solemn recognition of God’s awesomeness.?IV. Practical Thoughts on Rest
* Let us be diligent. (labor) John MacArthur writes, “the passage is not teaching that you can work to salvation or toward rest, but that you diligently enter in by faith alone.?
* Rest means no more trying to please God by fleshly works. We are free from legalism; we rest in grace.
* Rest means to be free from the worry of losing salvation and free from the worry’s of every day life.
* Rest is to have absolute confidence that God does not change.
* Rest means that we trust in Him.
Mon, 7 April 2008
This is the Twenty-Fourth lesson in a study of the book of Romans. This week we cover chapter 14.
Sun, 6 April 2008
Text: Hebrews 3:1-19
As Christians are we to be involved in each others lives? Yes we are; as we learn from our study in the book of Hebrews. In Chapter 3 we see both instruction and warning. In vs. 13 we see the word "exhort"
1) Exhortation is a command not a suggestion - to encourage means to "draw along side". Encouragement is commanded 55 times in the New Testament.
2) The command comes with a sense of urgency. - notice the use of the word "today" in chapters 3 and 4.
3) There is purpose for encouragement.
A) the author is removed from the equation.
B) The author speaks of the serious nature of this. - Hardened condition "dry and stiff"
C) The power of sin. (see Hebrews 12:1)
Why should we encourage?
1) It is commanded
2) We never know who is on the receiving end. Never discount what impact you might have on others.