Where Do We Find Rest?
In the Old Testament Israel was given two “rests." They had a time of rest, the Sabbaths and they had a place of rest the Promise Land. The writer of Hebrews uses the example of ancient Israel, of those who failed to enter what God had given to them. The writer points out that these Hebrew believers in his day were about to make the same mistake. Even today we see many Christians who aren’t enjoying the rest that God has given, which isn’t a time or a place, but a person. Join us in our study of Hebrews chapter 4 to discover our place of rest.
Stop Being Mad at God
As we finish chapter three of Hebrews the author writes with a sense of urgency. He urges the reader to understand the grave importance of dealing with their disappointment with God. The author reaches into Israel’s distant past and reminds his readers of that generation that came out of Egypt and what happened when they became disappointed with God. Join us in our study of Hebrews as we learn that nothing good will come out of our private war with God.
Losing Jesus in the Church
How easy it is to become impressed with our devotion, our church, or some other aspect of our spiritual life. These things are good, but they should not be what we set our attention upon. When we surrender the greatest, in order to have what is just good, we are making the same mistake that the Hebrews who had turned to Christ were being tempted to make. Join us in the opening verses of Hebrews 3 as we learn what is to be supreme in the life of the Christian.
Why did the Messiah Become Flesh?
The stumbling block keeping many Jews in the first century from believing that Jesus was the Messiah, was that He was so ordinary. What the writer of Hebrews does for us in the second half of chapter two, is to tell us why the Messiah had to be made like us. Join us to learn how God’s plan for salvation was from eternity past.
Why We Drift
The great threat to the son or daughter of God is not suddenly finding ourselves in the middle of a moral collapse, but rather finding ourselves slowly drifting from our passion for Christ. The opening verses of Hebrews chapter two are valuable, for they tell us why we drift and how to cure it. Join us in our study as we discover why we are prone to wander from the God who loves us.
Expectations and Discipleship
Many followers of Christ have had their walk with Christ derailed by painful experiences that have come into their lives. It is easy in those moments to make decisions that are rooted in emotion rather than truth and logic. Frequently those emotions will ultimately take us away from the will of God. Join us as we finish chapter one of Hebrews, to learn how to correct our perspectives.
Superiority of Christ
As we begin a new study in the book of Hebrews, we are dealing with Christians that have allowed their priorities to get out of order. Pressure and disappointment were causing some to turn their attention and devotion away from Christ towards other things. The writer of Hebrews begins to lay out how Christ is better than anything that a religious world has to offer. Join us as we receive insight concerning the superiority of Christ.
Called to do the Difficult
Salvation is free, obedience is difficult. Over the course of our lives, there will be times where God’s clear calling will be to do the hard thing. Join us in Philemon as we find the story of the Apostle Paul encouraging two brothers in Christ to do the difficult thing, in order that Christ would be glorified.
What to Avoid?
As we finish our study in the book of Titus, the Apostle Paul closes out with an explanation of what is toxic to a church. Today we see both toxic churches as well as toxic church leaders. Join us as we seek to learn what we need to turn our back on in order to keep us and our churches from falling into those things that will only hinder the plan of God in our lives.
A casual assessment of how the Church today is impacting the culture will discourage most of us. It seems apparent that the culture is being far more effective in changing the Church rather than the Church changing it. Jesus said let your light so shine that when men see your good works they glorify your Heavenly Father. Our good works are the very thing that God uses to change the culture. In this final chapter of Titus, we learn what those works are. Join us in our study of Titus to learn how to let your light shine.