God's Word

Pressing On To Maturity - PART II

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 5:11-6:12

Insight

REVIEW OF PART I:

THE PROBLEM WITH IMMATURITY

  • Inability to Clearly Understand (v. 11-13)

  • Inability to Rightly Handle

  • Inability to Correctly Apply

THE PROOF OF IMMATURITY (V. 12)

  • Lack of Depth (spiritual depth)

  • Lack of Discipling

  • Lack of Desire

THE PRESCRIPTION FOR IMMATURITY (V. 14)

  • Practice

  • Priority


BEGIN PART II

SOME THINGS ARE CLEAR FROM THE TEXT

  • The author’s primary audience has been Hebrew believers.

  • The author is calling his hearers to press on to maturity, desiring that they would realize the full assurance of hope we have in Christ.

  • There is a strong warning against remaining in immaturity

SOME THINGS ARE CLEAR FROM A BROADER BIBLICAL CONTEXT

  • Believers are secure in their salvation.

    • John 6:37

    • John 10:27-30

    • Ephesians 2:8

    • Romans 11:29

  • Those who ultimately desert the faith never truly possessed saving faith.

    • I John 2:19

SOME THINGS ARE DEBATED

  • Whether believers or unbelievers are the primary focus of this warning.

  • The question of verse 6 and what is meant by “fallen away”.

OLD TESTAMENT WITNESS - WHAT WE SAW

  • Hebrews 3:7-11

    • Psalms 95:6-11

    • Exodus 17 - The children of Israel, delivered by God through Moses, grumbled and complained; they tested God. They had seen His light, tasted His goodness, and witnessed His power. Then after reaching the edge of the Promised Land, they rejected His direction and forfeited His blessing.

  • Numbers 14:20-23

    • When the spies brought back the report, the people rebelled. They would not trust God and enter into the land of His provision, His blessing. Moses intercedes for them, but because of disobedience they forfeited the right to enjoy God’s intended blessing; the fruit and rewards of His calling. They rejected HIs blessing.

  • Deuteronomy 11:11

    • Deuteronomy 11:26-28

  • A whole generation of God’s chosen people lost their reward because they rejected what they had seen, tasted, and experienced of the goodness of God and His powerful provision. They forfeited the privilege of entering into His blessing.

NEW TESTAMENT WITNESS - APPLYING WHAT WE SAW

  • I Corinthians 10:1-12

    • These things happened as examples for us and are written for our instruction.

    • Hebrews 6:4-5

    • I Corinthians 10:12 - word for “fall” is the word for “fallen away”

    • Be careful after having seen, tasted, and experienced the powerful provision of God that you don’t fall.

    • How we live matters. Our faithful obedience matters.

  • I Corinthians 11:27-30

  • I Corinthians 3:1-15

    • Hebrews 6:7-8

    • How we build on the foundation laid, Jesus Christ, will become evident. What a field produces matters.

    • A man’s work burned up; he himself will be saved, yet as through fire.

BIBLICAL WARNING - APPLYING WHAT WE SAW TO US

  • It’s not OK to remain immature as a believer.

  • Disobedience in the life of a believer will always lead to loss and a lack of assurance in our anchor of hope.

  • This loss may include disqualification, loss of reward, or even death.

CONCLUSION/APPLICATION

  • The purpose of this passage is to be an encouragement.

    • Hebrews 6:9-12

  • Hear the admonition; the call. Let us press on to maturity.

Pressing On To Maturity - PART I

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 5:11-6:12

Insight

We have so watered down what it means to be a Christ follower, that it is hard to make a distinction.

There are things that should be evident in the lives of followers of churches comprised of Christ followers. There should be signs of growing maturity.

THE PROBLEM WITH IMMATURITY

What is spiritual maturity?

  • Inability to Clearly Understand (v. 11-13)

    • sluggish, spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen

  • Inability to Rightly Handle

    • Not accustomed; unskilled; don’t know how to handle the word of righteousness

    • 2 Timothy 2:14-16

  • Inability to Correctly Apply

THE PROOF OF IMMATURITY (V. 12)

  • Lack of Depth (spiritual depth)

  • Lack of Discipling

    • Who are you teaching?

  • Lack of Desire

    • no push, no compulsion, no drive to understand

    • how many times has it overcome all the other noise in the world and you are compelled to want to know the Word of God?

THE PRESCRIPTION FOR IMMATURITY (V. 14)

  • Practice

    • open the Bible

    • read

    • ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what you read

    • apply it; do what you know to do and He will show you more to do

  • Priority

    • We can choose to do anything and prioritize all we need to do. Why can’t we make reading God’s Word FIRST?

Taste and See

Summary

Scripture Reference: Psalms 34; Psalms 19

Insight

Marks of a God-centered Leisure and Rest:

  • Attitude of rest, joy, freedom, and celebration
  • Deliberate about having regular times of rest; Rhythm of rest and work
  • Strengthening/growth; striving for growth, not exhaustion
  • Enjoyment of life in creation

CONSIDER YOUR APPETITE FOR GOD'S WORD

  • Psalms 119:103
  • Hebrews 6:5
  • Proverbs 24:13-14 - Do you hunger for God's Word?
  • I Peter 2:1-3

REASONS FOR NO DESIRE OR LACK OF HUNGER FOR GOD'S WORD

  • Haven't tasted it
  • Forgotten the Sweetness
    • As a whole the church today suffers from distraction

CREATE AN APPETITE FOR GOD'S WORD

  • Taste then experience
  • Must be exposed to the Word and apply the Word
  • "taste" --> savor; perceive
  • See; experience - I Corinthians 3:2; I Peter 2:1-3; Hebrews 5:12-14

SO WHAT?

IF YOU HUNGER FOR THE WORD OF GOD, HOW ARE YOU FEEDING THAT HUNGER?

  • Psalms 19:7-14