Obedience

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.

A Simple Choice (Also included: Baby Dedication of Anna & Carter; Baptism of Garrett Smith)

Summary

Scripture Reference: Joshua 24:14-18

RECOGNIZE THE FAILINGS OF ALL OTHER GODS

  • Other gods: wealth, power, importance, job, people, etc.

  • Human nature apart from God is depraved;

REMEMBER THE FAITHFULNESS OF THE ONE TRUE GOD

  • We have no concept of what is true, good, and right outside of the context of God.

RESPOND IN FORSAKING THE FALSE AND FOLLOWING THE TRUE/TRUTH

  • Choose whom you will serve

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?

Enter Into Rest

Summary

SERIES: PREEMINENCE

Scripture Reference: Hebrews 4:1-13

Insight

Where are you today? Emotionally, physically, spiritually? In this word is awakening; in this word is revival. The word is REST.

INTRODUCTION

  • Romans 2:25

    • Hearing the word…the perfect proclamation…is not enough…we must respond in faith.

  • Reminder of the Hebrew audience:.

    • Hebrew believers

    • Hebrew seekers

    • Hebrew skeptics or rejecters

HEARING THE PLEA (v. 1-11)

  • Entering Rest is Available

  • Failure to Enter is Possible

    • The Lord will only let you walk in disobedience for a season. He will either get you right, or take you out.

  • Responding in Faith is Essential

UNDERSTANDING THE TERMS

  • Enter Rest

    • “rest” - cease, stop, freedom from work or activity

  • Falling Short

    • “short” - come short, fail to reach

RECOGNIZING THE URGENCY

  • Temperament

    • “fear” - lets us be careful, let us take care; sense of trembling at the significance of the need

    • “diligence” - make every effort, strive, labor, do our best

    • We cannot fully understand the love of God without understanding the justness of God

  • Timing

    • The timing to enter rest is today.

    • 2 Corinthians 6:1-2

      • Now; tomorrow isn’t promised

      • If you do not anchor in you will drift away

  • Transparency

    • Judged by His Word

    • Exposed in His Sight

CONCLUSION/APPLICATION

  • Which will you choose today?

    • To enter into rest?

    • Assume you have more time?

      • Get in to God’s Word

      • Hear Him say “Come”

Fear, Faith, and the Vision of God

Summary

Scripture Reference: Acts 4-10

Insight

What does the vision of God look like for the church? What we want is what God wants for us.

Fear is at the heart of rejection of the undeniable truth(s).

ACTS 4:32-35

  • The people had great faith, were of one heart and soul, helped each other, embraced others needs and helped them to meet those needs.

ACTS 5:1-10

  • Ananias & Sapphira

    • They had deception in their hearts

    • They lied

    • They held back from God

ACTS 5:11-20

  • The apostles were imprisoned because of the fear of what happened with Ananias and Sapphira.

ACTS 6:8-7

  • Stephen was stoned because he spoke the word of God and there was fear among the people because of what he taught.

  • Stephen responded in faith and continued to speak God’s word among the people.

ACTS 8-9 - Fear and Faith Collide

  • Saul meets Jesus on the road to Damascus.

  • The invitation to catch a new vision was given to Saul.

    • Every opportunity is the chance to step out in faith or recoil in fear and do nothing or just stay comfortable.

    • Any act of disobedience is death to the vision God has given you; a vision of what might have been.

ACTS 10

  • God’s vision for Cornelius; a God-seeker

    • Cornelius was a centurion with power, standing, and influence.

    • Cornelius was a “devout man”; “feared God with his household”.

      • Cornelius had a feeling of conflict and a sense of fear regarding what he was to do,

        • He had a need

        • He called out to God

        • God heard Cornelius

        • Cornelius stepped through the fear

          • Fear is being overwhelmed with God and stepping out in faith and obedience.

      • The people had a fear of association because of who Cornelius was.

    • God’s vision for this “gospel seeker” was that He sent a “gospel speaker”.

ACTS 10:9

  • Peter

    • Peter had a fear of being made unclean by association.

      • Galatians 2:11

    • (v 20-21) Peter obeyed God and stepped out in faith and through the fear.

      • Romans 10 - Don’t let any fear of association or discomfort keep us from doing as God has asked us to do.

SO WHAT? WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR US?

  • We are people desperately in need of a Savior.

  • There are people waiting and wanting to hear the gospel that we know and have.

  • We should go without misgivings or hesitation.

  • God is not one to show partiality.

  • Give them Jesus.

  • We should reflect the diversity of our field.

    • Genesis 22:18

    • Acts 3:25

    • Acts 10:34-35

    • Revelation 5:9