The Hebrews Initiative • A Great Salvation

BIBLE READING

Hebrews 2:1-3 (KJV)
1  Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
2  For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
3  How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

Hebrews 2:14-18 (KJV)
14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16  For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
17  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
18  For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

Main Point

Knowing that Jesus has destroyed the power of the devil by His death, believers can be confident of the great salvation Christ has accomplished for them.

Introduction

As your group time begins, use this section to introduce the topic of discussion.

What is one personal goal you set for yourself this year?

How have you done in meeting that goal?

What have the greatest hindrances been in attaining this goal?

What are the greatest barriers or hindrances to our spiritual growth?

Of all the things that we often allow to negatively affect our spiritual growth, none is more influential than the devil. Fearing the influence of Satan, however, demonstrates a lack of faith. In reality, Satan is a defeated foe that Christians need not fear. Through His death, Jesus destroyed “him that hath the power of death, that is the Devil” (Hebrews 2:14). By dying on the cross for our sins, Jesus rendered the great Accuser powerless over us and freed “15  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Hebrews 2:15).

See you Sunday!

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The Hebrews Initiative – Who Is Jesus?

Hebrews 1:1-3 (KJV)
1  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Main Point

As God’s Son, Jesus revealed God finally and without equal.

Introduction

What technological change or advancement in your lifetime most amazes you?

How long did that change or advancement remain relevant before it was updated or replaced?

Does that frustrate you? That no matter what piece of technology or equipment you have, it will eventually be replaced? Why or why not?

No matter how impressive the product, a “new, improved” version is just around the corner. Though most everything in the world has a shelf life, Jesus Christ will never become outdated or replaced. He is superior—to the prophets, angels, and everything that came before Him. As God’s Son, Jesus revealed God finally and without equal. He is the full revelation of God to humanity. The Book of Hebrews challenges us to recognize and share this truth with others.

We are beginning this new study in Hebrews. This is a 12 week course. I hope you can be present for this study.

God Bless and we will see you Sunday!

The Life of David • Delivered by God

Reading: • 2 Samuel 22:1-51

Main Point

When we spend our lives making the most of God’s glory, we will have no regrets when we come to the end of it.

Introduction

As your group time begins, use this section to introduce the topic of discussion.

Imagine you knew you were in the last hour of your life. What is one conversation you would know you want to have? What are some things you may reflect on?

How do you think you would approach your words differently during that time than you might right now?

Second Samuel 22 is a psalm where David expressed the power and character of God through His deliverance. The next section, 2 Samuel 23:1-7, is identified as David’s “last words.” This term does not mean they were his last spoken words in life. They are more likely either his will or his last public speech. Regardless, David knew his life was drawing to a close. What we have here is a reflection of someone who had made the most of his life on earth. When we spend our lives making the most of the opportunities we’ve been given for God’s glory, we will have no regrets when we come to the end of it.

Have a Wonderful Weekend. See you Sunday!

Eternal Creator, Light-Bearing Savior, Grace-Giving Son • The Advent of the Light-Bearing Savior

christmas-nativity-3760197_1920  December 23, 2018

Reading: John 1:6-13

Main Point

We can be witnesses to the light-bearing Savior who has come into the world.

Introduction

As your group time begins, use this section to introduce the topic of discussion.

What television show or movie that contains a courtroom drama have you enjoyed watching?

Why?

Have you ever appeared in a courtroom and provided testimony?

What is the role of a witness?

As John continued writing his gospel, he focused attention on a person who had a reputation for telling the truth, the job of any good witness. John wrote about John the Baptist and his special ministry. John the Baptist was a cousin of Jesus and recognized Jesus as the Messiah. John the Baptist had a following in first-century Israel, but he quickly recognized the fact that his job was to point to the One who was the true light-bearer.

See You Sunday!

Eternal Creator, Light-Bearing Savior, Grace-Giving Son • The Advent of the Grace-Giving Son

christmas-nativity-3760197_1920  December 9, 2018

Reading

John 1:14-18

Main Point

Jesus came into the world to bring us both grace and truth.

Introduction

What does it mean to be a person of grace? Who in your life has a lot of grace? How does that play out in day-to-day life?

How does someone who is “full of grace and truth” treat others?

As John continued writing his gospel, he turned his attention to the grace and truth that were part of Jesus’ life and ministry. Perhaps you have a friend who is someone you’d describe as being “full of grace.” Maybe that person is a close relative. People like that are wonderful to know. They tend to be kind, selfless, caring, and others-focused. They have integrity and are intensely honest. This is the kind of person described by the phrase, “What you see is what you get.” John described Jesus as coming from the Father “full of grace and truth” (v. 14). What a wonderful combination of qualities! As we continue to think about the advent of Jesus Christ, it is appropriate to think about His lifestyle and His message. He was a person full of both grace and truth.

Eternal Creator, Light-Bearing Savior, Grace-Giving Son • The Advent of the Eternal Creator

christmas-nativity-3760197_1920  December 2, 2018

Scripture Reading

John 1:1-5

Main Point

John announced the arrival of Jesus, who was present at creation and is an eternal, coequal member of the godhead.

Introduction

What is your full name?

Do you have any nicknames?

Do you know the story behind your name?

Why did your parents choose to name you what they did?

As John began writing his gospel, the Holy Spirit inspired him to avoid opening his book with the name “Jesus.” Instead, John was led to use a different name for Jesus: the Word.

Names are important, and John tied this name for Jesus—the Word—to the story of creation It is extremely significant that the Gospel of John opens with “in the beginning” because it echoes the first words of Genesis 1. None of John’s Jewish readers could have read the early verses of his gospel without thinking about the creation story in Genesis 1. While other gospel writers were led by the Spirit to describe the circumstances of

Jesus’ birth, John was led in a different direction. He went back to the very beginning of the Bible to demonstrate that Jesus was with God in the beginning, existed as a coequal member of the godhead before time began, and was one of the members of the trinity who created the heavens and the earth.

The Life of David • Sustained by God

lightstock_413934_download_vector_raster_randy_  NOVEMBER 4TH, 2018

READING

2 Samuel 15:24-26,30-37; 19:1-8

Main Point

When we face challenges, we can trust God and rely on those He has placed in our lives.

Introduction

What would you be thinking and feeling if a sudden calamity forced you to leave your home?

Sometimes life comes at us hard. We may see the problem looming on the horizon, or it may surprise us by coming out of nowhere. We can’t always control the problem itself, but we can control how we respond.

We’ll look at a difficult period in David’s life and consider how his response speaks into our own lives.

SEE YOU IN THE MORNING!