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Study and Devotion Notes_Hebrews 13:4

PBC Study and Devotion Notes

Book: Hebrews           Chapter: 13

Today’s Message: Hebrews 13:4

 

Previous Notes from Hebrews 13:1-3

(1) “Living out our faith means that we love our brothers and sisters in Christ.”

(2) “Living out our faith means that we demonstrate hospitality to strangers.”

(3) “Living out our faith means that we demonstrate compassion to those who are suffering.”

 

Sunday 05/02/20: Hebrews 13:4

(4a) Point #1- Living out our faith means that we hold __________________ in ____________ ________________.

(4b) Point #2- Living out our faith means that we remain pure both ________________  and ____________________ the covenant of marriage.

(4c) Point #3- Living out our faith means that we understand that God __________________ all _______________________.

 

Deeper Study Discussion Questions

  1. Why should marriage be regarded as honorable and precious?
  2. In what ways can we show that we value marriage?
  3. What is celibacy and how do those who promote celibacy as a means of increased spirituality dishonor marriage?
  4. In what other ways do people dishonor marriage?
  5. Why is sex before marriage (fornication) wrong?
  6. How does homosexual marriage dishonor God?
  7. What are some of the consequences of sexual sin?
  8. What hope do we offer to those who have been immoral?
  9. In what sense is the battle for sexual purity a battle for faith?

 

Additional Notes:

Covid-19_ Day 46

Good Afternoon PBC Family,

I wanted to share some thoughts from one of my professors at Faith Seminary, Dr. Carson, regarding the CV-19. Through this entire pandemic, our greatest responsibility is to eagerly follow Christ and demonstrate that in the way that we live our lives. Here is a portion of his blog:

Today is Day 46 of the National Shutdown over the COVID-19 pandemic. What do we do and how do we continue to respond?

This is an interesting question because many across the United States struggle to determine how to move forward. As governors, mayors, commissioners, county judges, and alderman determine what is best for their particular area and if they are going to open up individual areas consistent with the President’s encouragement, most people are ready for change. For those who have been under a stay-at-home order, after 45 days, the walls must be closing in per se. Cabin fever spreads as a different kind of fever also associated with COVID-19.

Submission to our government and a gracious spirit toward others remains a premium for every Christian as each one strives to follow Christ and live responsibility for Christ. However, even many very conscientious Christians struggle as this continues.

So what are those choices? Let me suggest one overarching choice and three subordinate choices that flow out of it.

1. AS FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST, WE MUST CHOOSE TO EAGERLY FOLLOW CHRIST.

In the midst of these trials and circumstances, we have no other choice than to be more committed than ever to honor the Lord as those who strive to be like Christ (2 Cor 5:9201 Cor 10:31Rom 8:29). To the extent that we commit to following Christ first and most is to the same extent, we are going to respond in Christ-honoring and Christ-exalting ways as we move out of this stage of this pandemic. This is our chief end. We must seek to follow Christ consistently and loyally.

2. AS FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST, WE MUST CHOOSE TO LOVE OTHERS.

Jesus instructed us that loving our neighbors is only second to loving God (Matt 22:37-40). Further, the Apostle John wrote, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:7-8). Love will go along way to help us as we seek to serve each other in the coming days. Love produces the necessary motivation to make the necessary sacrifices for each other (2 Cor 5:14-15). The only way we will overcome simply following our own desires in the days ahead is to choose love of others over love of self.

 3. AS FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST, WE MUCH CHOOSE TO PRACTICE SELF-COUNSEL.

Herein lies the challenge. Many of us claim to follow Christ and love others; however, we fail to do self-inventory to actually test and prove that what we want, what we think, what we feel, and what we do actually are consistent with a loving, Christlike person. We cannot wave our hands at those commitments without looking at and in our own hearts (James 1:13-18). What controls you? For whom are you living? What is most important to you? These questions deserve and take serious consideration.

4. AS FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST, WE MUST CHOOSE TO WALK IN THE SPIRIT.

All the spiritual disciplines start and end in this step. We are exhorted over and over to be humble, gentle, patient, kind, longsuffering, to forbear, persevere, and endeavor to protect the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph 4:1-3, et.al.). These words cannot be glossed over as if they do not exist or as if we do not care about them. Instead, we must double-down our efforts at living consistent with each of them.

 IT TAKES ALL OUR EFFORT TO WORK TOGETHER FOR THE GREATER GOOD

As the long list above implies, in our great families, neighborhoods, communities, cities, counties, states, and country, we all possess individual takes on this COVID-19 pandemic and the steps moving forward out of it. Each of us understands our own individual opinions the best – and I am not sure how well we even do that. The natural landing spot for our individual hearts is at self-interest, self-love, and self-pleasure. As we each commit to loving God, loving our neighbors, and living a Christ-centered, Christ-exalting life, we fight an uphill battle against self.

Let me be honest so that no one misunderstands this. What is the best way for us to come out of this? MY WAY. The way I see it. My goals. My passions. We could add lots of other word sentences that begin with MY. This is both the problem and the way to understand the way out.

On Day 46 and beyond, it takes all our effort to work together for the love of Christ and each other for the greater good that benefits each of us. Some solutions I will be less comfortable with. For you, it will be others. But for each of us, our response going forward to COVID-19 must be governed by a commitment to follow Christ, love our neighbors, practice self-counsel, and walk in the Spirit.

https://kevincarson.com/2020/05/01/covid-19-and-you-day-46/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=covid-19-and-you-day-46

 

Study and Devotion Notes_Hebrews 13:1-3

PBC Study and Devotion Notes

Book: Hebrews           Chapter: 13

Today’s Message: Hebrews 13:1-3

Previous Notes from Hebrews 12:25-29

(25) Do not refuse the voice of Christ speaking through the Gospel.

(26-27) Believers have inherited a kingdom that cannot be shaken.

(28-29) Believers should serve Him with a thankful and reverent heart, for our God is a consuming fire.

Sunday 04/26/20: Hebrews 13:1-3

(1) Point #1- Living out our faith means that we _____________ our _____________ and _____________ in Christ.

(2) Point #2- Living out our faith means that we demonstrate _________________  to __________________.

(3) Point #3- Living out our faith means that we demonstrate __________________ to those who are ________________.

 Deeper Study Discussion Questions

  1. How is Hebrews 13 different from the rest of Hebrews?
  2. How is Christian love different from the love promoted by other religions?
  3. What is the source of our love for one another?
  4. Someone may think, “If I have to work at it, it is not heartfelt love.” How would you refute this thinking?
  5. What is hospitality?
  6. Why is hospitality important?
  7. Should we expect to entertain angels?
  8. How should hospitality be practiced?
  9. How did the early church remember those suffering in the church?
  10. How can we apply this command in our day?

 Additional Notes:

Study and Devotion Notes_Hebrews 12:25-29

PBC Study and Devotion Notes

Book: Hebrews           Chapter: 12

Today’s Message: Hebrews 12:25-29

Previous Notes from Hebrews 12:18-24

(18-19) The Mountain at Sinai was filled with fear and judgment.

(20) The Mountain at Sinai demonstrated our need for a Mediator.

(21) The Mountain at Sinai was filled with fear and judgment.

(22) Believers have come to a heavenly city through their faith in Christ.

(23) You Have Come to the Church of the firstborn and before a Righteous Judge.

(24) You Have Come to the Mediator of a New Covenant.

 

Sunday 04/19/20: Hebrews 12:25-29

(25) Point #1- Do not refuse the ____________ of ____________ speaking through the Gospel.

(26-27) Point #2- Believers have ______________  a _______________ that cannot be _______________.

(28-29) Point #3- Believers should serve Him with a _______________and ________________ heart, for our God is a ______________   ___________.

 

Deeper Study Discussion Questions

  1. What reason is given that we should listen to God?
  2. In what ways do people refuse God’s voice today?
  3. How did the earthquake at Sinai foreshadow future events?
  4. In what way will the future shaking be greater?
  5. What are the things which can be shaken and what will happen to them?
  6. What are the things which cannot be shaken?
  7. Is your life invested in unshakeable things?
  8. What should be our response to the blessing of being part of God’s everlasting kingdom?
  9. What kind of service does God seek from us?
  10. What is meant by the phrase our God is a consuming fire?

Additional Notes:

Matthew 21_1-11_A King’s Coronation_Outline

A King’s Coronation

Matthew 21:1-11

What makes this coronation different from any other?

  1. He is on a Divine Schedule

(v.1) – Jesus actually initiates His own coronation.

  • He sets it all in motion.

(v.2)- He was controlling everything.

  • He wanted to demonstrate to the world that He was not a victim.
  • Every detail was worked out before time began with absolute precision.
  • He wanted them to speak for themselves that there was no doubt about the credentials of Jesus Christ.
  • It would lead to the anger of the Pharisees.

 

 

  1. He Fulfills Prophecies at His Coronation (vv.3-7)
  • Zechariah 9:1-8
    • Great Ruler will come and deliver Israel
    • Alexander the Great
  • Verse 9-
    • Contrast to Alexander the Great
    • He’s a king, unlike any other king.
      • You see, you have to take Jesus for who He is, not for who you want Him to be.
  • There is a different response at His Coronation
    • (v.8) They spread their coats before Him in the road.
    • They threw down palm branches.
  • (v.9) “Hosanna to the Son of David.”
    • “Hosanna” means “save now.”
    • They’re crying for salvation.
  • Note- They had a different expectation for their Messiah.
    • That’s not the Jesus they want.
    • That’s not the king they want
  1. His coronation brings confusion and questions (vv.10-11)
  • They knew who He was.
  • They were not interested in an eternal kingdom.
  • There is another group of people
  • They see all of His credentials, but they’re looking for external stuff.

 

  1. Where are you in this coronation?
  2. Who is Jesus to you?

Study and Devotion Notes_Hebrews 12:22-24

PBC Study and Devotion Notes

Book: Hebrews           Chapter: 12

Today’s Message: Hebrews 12:22-24

Previous Notes from Hebrews 12:15-21

(15a) We Fall Short of the Grace of God when we stop ministering to one another.

(15b) We Fall Short of the Grace of God when are Bitter and Unforgiving.

(16) We Fall Short of the Grace of God when we are worldly.

(17) We Fall Short of the Grace of God when we are unrepentant.

(18-19) The Mountain at Sinai was filled with fear and judgment.

(20) The Mountain at Sinai demonstrated our need for a Mediator.

(21) The Mountain at Sinai was filled with fear and judgment.

 Sunday 03/29/20: Hebrews 12:22-24

(22) Point #1- Believers have come to a __________________ ______________ through their faith in Christ.

(23) Point #2- You Have Come to the _____________ of the ________________ and before a ___________________ ______________.

(24) Point #3- You Have Come to the _________________ of a ____________ __________________.

 

Deeper Study Discussion Questions

  1. What is the significance of Mount Zion?
  2. How is our coming to Zion past, present, and future?
  3. How is Mount Zion different from Sinai?
  4. What and whom will we find in Zion?
  5. How can this passage be used evangelistically?
  6. How does Jesus’ blood speak better than that of Abel?

Additional Notes:

You Cannot Cancel the Church

Here’s something I bet you haven’t heard this week: “Remember, we’re going to cancel our building service, but the church cannot be canceled. Don’t forget that.” As we discussed our plans concerning COVID-19 last week, these wise words were said by Pastor Ron to his young elders. Although there are a host of different reactions to this COVID-19 pandemic, we all share at least one: confusion. You can hear it in questions like, “What is happening right now?” or “Why is all the bread and toilet paper gone?” To be honest, I’m just another man in the mix as far as the world around me goes, being tossed around and told what to do; however, as a Christian, I am as solid and grounded in my faith as ever because I haven’t forgotten the truth I know. Let me share with you three truths that prove the church cannot be canceled. 

Let’s begin where we should: Christ. Jesus Christ is the Founder of the church! In the Gospel of Matthew, Christ tells Peter, “upon this rock, I will build My church” (emphasis added). The Greek verb for ‘build’ is oikodomeō. This word is made up of two smaller Greek words: Oikos means house or building and dōma means roof or house top (think ‘dome’). It really does have the exact idea of a builder and a building, but it’s merely an image of the real thing! Christ follows that statement with “and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” Let’s make this part very simple and clear: If this entity, the church, is founded by the Son of God, and He said it cannot be overpowered, that most certainly proves that no man or created being could cancel it. With that foundation laid, let’s talk about what the church is exactly…or better yet, who

The believers themselves are the church. 1 Corinthians 3:11 says, “For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” This points to the fact that the church is not made of bricks and mortar, but of flesh and spirit (otherwise Christ would be a slab of concrete). Your church building was not built by Christ; it was built by the hands of men. The church, the believers, the “called out” ones, is who Christ uses to build His church. People cannot be canceled. Furthermore, this body (not building or services) cannot be overpowered because Christ is the foundation (Get the image?). The church shown in the New Testament is an image of a building with an immovable, unthwartable foundation, but the church is not an actual building or service; it’s a body! Ephesians 1:22-23 say, “…and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all” (emphasis added). *Repeat* “…the church, which is His body…” We know that we are part of the body of Christ when we believe in Jesus Christ. Paul says to believers in 1 Corinthians 12:27, “Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it.” You can lock the doors of a building and cancel a service, but you cannot cancel the church.

But aren’t we, in fact, canceling the church if we are forsaking our own assembling together? Hebrews 10:24-25 say, “and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” We tend to focus on the phrase “forsaking our own assembling together,” which takes the focus off the purpose of assembling which is to “stimulate one another to love and good deeds” and “encouraging one another”. Listen, there is absolutely no perfect substitute for the edification that occurs when we assemble together, this is why we’re commanded to assemble; however, gathering together is ultimately for the purpose of edification, and can we not still edify? Again, I don’t believe we can ever truly duplicate the power of gathering together because there is just no substitute for face to face human interaction and corporate worship; however, this time that we’re in is temporary, and you are not forsaking the assembly if your desire is to be with the church body. Let me explain: the English word forsake is egkataleipō in the Greek, which means to totally abandon, desert, or leave helpless. You get the idea. Just because you didn’t physically gather this week doesn’t mean that we have forsaken the assembly; we have not canceled church.

If Christ is the Founder and foundation of the church, certainly no created being could cancel or destroy what the Lord has built. Even if it was a physical building (which it is not), this would still be true because His Word is truth. The church is not built by believers, the church is built with believers with Christ Himself being the chief Cornerstone (Eph. 2:20), and just because you did not physically gather this week does not mean that church was canceled…it means a physical service was canceled. Don’t be confused.  If your pastor preaches, if your elders pray, if your members stimulate one another to love and good deeds and encourage one another…church was not canceled.  If you walked in the light this week as Christ is in the light, church was not canceled. If you prayed to God, worshiped Him, read His Word, and loved one another, church was not canceled. Believers, don’t be discouraged and remember that although the normal service was canceled this week, the church will never be canceled.

 

PBC Study and Devotion Notes_03-22-20

PBC Study and Devotion Notes

Book: Hebrews           Chapter: 12

Today’s Message: Hebrews 12:18-21

 

Previous Notes from Hebrews 12:15-17

(15a) We Fall Short of the Grace of God when we stop ministering to one another.

(15b) We Fall Short of the Grace of God when are Bitter and Unforgiving.

(16) We Fall Short of the Grace of God when we are worldly.

(17) We Fall Short of the Grace of God when we are unrepentant.

 

Sunday 03/22/20: Hebrews 12:18-21

(18-19) Point #1- The Mountain at Sinai was filled with _______________ and _________________.  

(20) Point #2- The Mountain at Sinai demonstrated our need for a _____________________.

(21) Point #3- Even Moses ________________ and ______________ as he approached the Lord.  

 

Deeper Study Discussion Questions

  1. Why do we think verses 18-21 refer to Mount Sinai?
  2. What does Mount Sinai represent?
  3. What are the characteristics of Mount Sinai?
  4. In what ways do Christians regress to Sinai?
  5. How can we know if we are balanced between the fear of God and the love of God?

Additional Notes: