The Hebrews Initiative • Only Jesus Saves

Reading• Hebrews 7:23-28

Hebrews 7:23-28 (KJV)
23  And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:
24  But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
25  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
26  For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
27  Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
28  For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

Main Point

Jesus is the only One able to save us.

Introduction

What’s the best handmade gift you ever received? Why?

How does a handmade gift compare with one purchased in a store?

Handmade gifts represent something of the giver. These gifts are unique. Purchased gifts are mass-produced and can be obtained in many ways. They are not made for any specific person but are applicable to many. Salvation is the greatest, most personal “handmade” gift of all time. Recall the visual of Jesus with His hands outstretched on the cross. Salvation comes through God’s divine love and the sacrifice of His divine Son. It is a gift only God can provide.

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The Hebrews Initiative • Don’t Walk Away

Bible Reading

Hebrews 6:1-8 (KJV)
1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3  And this will we do, if God permit.
4  For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5  And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
7  For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
8  But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

Main Point

Rejecting Christ leads to hopelessness.

Introduction

What were some of the things that, as a kid, you were excited about that would come with growing up?

How is being a grown up different than what you imagined it to be like as a kid?

Is there a difference between grown up and being mature? What is it?

People sometimes confuse being grown up, which usually refers to physical growth, with maturity. Physical growth occurs naturally. Maturity requires effort. Spiritual maturity is a goal for believers—but not an endpoint. The theme of moving constantly toward spiritual maturity in Christ takes center stage in the Book of Hebrews. If we as believers press on toward maturity in Christ, we’ll rejoice in the way He strengthens us. Those who fall away from devotion to Christ because of life’s difficulties or because of opposition to the faith prove one of two realities. One: they show that they are spiritually immature and thus are easily drawn into disobedience; they need to grow in their faith. Or two: they show by walking away from Christ that they never have truly received salvation in Him; they need to be saved.

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The Hebrews Initiative • Secured with Confidence

READING:

Hebrews 4:14-16 (KJV)
14  Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15  For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 5:1-6 (KJV)
1  For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:
2  Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
3  And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.
4  And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
5  So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
6  As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Main Point

No matter what life brings, we can live in a state of confidence because Jesus secured our salvation and acceptance before God.

Introduction

Have you ever met anyone famous? Who was it? What were the circumstances?

How did you feel before, during, and after that meeting?

What is one thing that might have made you more confident during that experience?

Some people equate approaching God with meeting an earthly VIP (very important person). As a result, they feel intimidated or hesitant to approach God. But God wants us to know that we can approach Him confidently and boldly, not because of what we have done but because of what Jesus has done. No matter what life brings, we can live in a state of confidence because Jesus secured our salvation and acceptance before God.

We look forward to seeing you Sunday Morning in the Gym. God Bless and we wiil see you there!

The Hebrews Initiative • Watch Out!

Reading:

Hebrews 3:7-15 (KJV)
7  Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,
8  Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
9  When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
10  Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
11  So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
12  Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
13  But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
14  For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
15  While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

Main Point

In the church, we have a responsibility to encourage each other to firmly hold to Jesus.

Introduction

What are some warning signs that you typically see every day?

What warning signs do you wish were in place for your spiritual journey with Christ?

How would you want those warning signs delivered or displayed?

Warning signs appear everywhere. In fact, we see so many that sometimes we overlook them. Or worse, we start to ignore them. Imagine, however, how dangerous driving would be if all road signs suddenly disappeared. Or think of how many people would get hurt by carelessly walking too near a construction site, taking the wrong medicine, or getting too close to wild animals. We need the warning signs. We dare not ignore them! In Hebrews 3:7-15, the biblical writer posted an urgent warning for believers. We must not let the tests of life harden our hearts against God. The journey of faith is a lifelong trek, requiring us to maneuver through twists and turns that put our devotion to Christ to the test. We have a mutual responsibility as believers to warn and encourage one another daily in this matter.

The Weather is supposed to be awesome this Sunday Morning. We look forward to seeing you all! Also, this page is now accessible through the Church Web page.

God Bless and have a great week.

Randy

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!

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!