Sun, 27 September 2009
Text: Exodus 15; Psalm 34:1-3
Listen as Pastor Thad challenges us about our testimony about God. What is it that brings us to church? How are we bringing worship to the Lord? Do your prayers have more to do with the Lord or with your life? In everything we should give thanks to the Lord.
Sun, 20 September 2009
Text: Hebrews 11-12
The Race-literally means to engage in an intense struggle. This word emphasizes that the Christian race is filled with conflict and hardship.
“I have fought the good fight (agon), I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.”
I. Look to our Examples (Chapter 11 Plus)
A. Enoch-kept walking by faith
B. Noah-kept building by faith
C. Sarah-kept believing God to be faithful concerning His promise
D. Abraham-offered his son by faith
E. Moses-identified with the suffering of God’s people by faith
II. Heed the Lord’s Instruction
A. Lay aside every encumbrance.
***encumbrance-refers to excess weight.What excess weight is hindering us as we run in the race? (wrong priorities, family, friends, materialism)
B. Lay aside the sin.
***the sin- sin means to miss the mark. Here in context it seems that the author is being very specific because of his use of “the” being placed before the word sin.
*** John MacArthur comments on this phrase by saying, “If there is one particular sin that hinders the race of faith it is unbelief or doubting God. Doubting and living in faith contradict each other. Unbelief entangles the Christian’s feet so that he cannot run.”
C. Run with enduranceFixing our eyes on Jesus
***endurance-to abide under. It refers to abiding under hardship or suffering.
Sun, 13 September 2009
Text: Hebrews 10:26-31
* The slices of bread are easy digestible in comparison to this section of meat!
* The text speaks of judgment in 5 of the 6 verses.
* The certain judgment of God is not only referenced, but is evident throughout this letter and the whole of Scripture.
2nd Consideration-Analogy (vs. 28):
“If there is found in your midst, in any of your towns, which the LORD your God is giving you, a man or woman who does what is evil in the sight of the LORD your God, by transgressing His covenant, and has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, or the sun or the moon or any of the heavenly host, which I have not commanded, and if it is told you and you have heard of it, then you shall inquire thoroughly, And if it is true…on the evidence of two or three witnesses you shall stone them to death.”3rd Consideration-Grammar:
* Willful-describes the deliberate intention to sin; or habitual sin.Three Views:
* Knowledge-coveys a more exact or thorough knowledge. Vine says, “the word suggest a more special recognition of something.”
* Trampled under foot-a phrase that communicates contempt for someone or something.
* Regarded unclean-refers to a conscious contempt for the sacrifice. Can a Christian regard unclean the blood of Christ?
* He was sanctified-set apart. This is the most difficult interpretative phrase for obvious reasons.
* Insulted the Spirit of Grace-the word insult here has the meaning of treating with reproach the Revealer of Truth. It carries the meaning of being spiteful toward someone.
* Some view this passage as referring to a believer (one set apart) that in the final analysis loses their salvation as a result of forsaking the truth. (no example-explanation experience)Conclusion:
* Some view this passage as referring to a believer (one set apart) who through their lifestyle of sin trample under foot the Son of God resulting in judgment. (Ananias and Sapphira)
* Some view this passage as referring to a “professing Christian” that demonstrated separation, yet in the final analysis rejects openly the sacrifice of Christ. (Judas)
“For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes. For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son…” John 5:21-22Application:
* The believer must take ownership of the responsibilities outlined in verses 19-25.
* The believer, knowing that tribulation is a certainty must endure, holding fast the gospel that has been delivered once for all time. (32-39)
* Certain judgment of the unbeliever should impact our view of “making disciples.”
* Certain judgment of the believer should impact the way we live each day.
Sun, 6 September 2009
Text: Hebrews 10:19-25
1) Relationship with God (vs. 22) - "Let us draw near" This is done through access to God through Christ. We can draw near to God at any time we are not limited.
a) honesty - genuine2) Relationship to the world (vs. 23) - "the confession of our hope" - the Gospel. Hold on to the truth. (see also Ephesians 4:1-16)
b) forgiveness - past, present and future. Sins debt has been paid in full.
We have knowledge not to be boastful but proclaim the truth.3) Relationship to others (vs. 24) - "consider one another" - to direct my whole mind. Encouraged to love in good deeds.
Why is this encouragement important? (vs. 25) to exhort on another. This is impossible if we fail to fellowship with other believers.