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May 9th 2021

HEBREWS :: Perfection through suffering

May 9, 2021 • Pastor Phil Burggraff • Hebrews 2:1–18

Theme: God’s Plan—Perfection through Suffering Passage: Hebrews 2:1–18 Take great care to heed God’s Word. 1. Why? a. We tend to drift. b. We are drifting from God’s miraculously-attested means of salvation. c. We will face judgment. 2. What are we to heed? a. God plans to crown humanity with glory and authority over creation as seen in Jesus (2:5–9). b. God exalts humans, Jesus and His spiritual siblings, through suffering (2:10–13). c. Jesus became truly human to help us reach God’s glorious goal (2:14–18). He became our ... i. Victor over the devil and death ii. High priest to atone for our sins iii. Fellow sufferer to give us hope Main Idea: We must stay focused on Jesus to reach God’s goal for our lives. Application Questions: • In what ways or areas have you noticed that you are inclined to spiritually drift? According to this text, what is the great danger to which spiritual drift can lead? • What do vv. 5–9 indicate about humanity? In what ways can/does this build your own sense of worth? • How does this passage help you better understand the place of suffering in God’s plan for life? How does it give you hope in life? • According to vv. 14–18, what are the reasons that Jesus became truly human? How might focusing on these aspects of Christ’s work for you encourage you this week?

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July 25, 2021

Theme: The way forward with endurance • July 25, 2021 • Pastor Phil Burggraff

Theme: The way forward with endurance Passage: Hebrews 10:26–39 Our two-fold motivation to endure obeying the commands of vv. 22–25: 1. Be Warned: God will judge anyone who rejects His Son (26–31): a. No other sacrifice exists that can cleanse our sins. b. The one rejecting insults God and His plan. c. It’s in God’s nature to judge sin and sinners. 2. Be Encouraged: You are sticking it out for something greater (32–39) How can I be encouraged? a. Remember what God has already accomplished in your life, especially in difficult times (32–34). b. Hold on to the confidence Christ brings because you will receive the promised life (35–39). Main Idea: As believers, we don’t turn from Christ and face destruction, but endure by faith to reach our promised salvation. Application Questions: • Endurance sounds like effort and work. How is this consistent with the call throughout Hebrews and all the NT for faith alone in Jesus Christ as our means of salvation? • What do you make of the depiction of God as a God of judgment and vengeance throughout this passage? Considering our modern tendency to focus on His love, how can this be incorporated into our depiction of God when we tell others of him or seek to explain God in our teaching? • How are you encouraged to endure by what God has already accomplished in your life? Consider and discuss difficult times through which God has brought you. • From this week and last week’s sermon (10:19–25), we can we do to hold on to the confidence Christ brings? Why is Christian community so vital to accomplish this?

July 18th, 2021

HEBREWS :: The Way Forward in Community • July 18, 2021 • Pastor Phil Burggraff

Title: The Way Forward in Community Passage: Hebrews 10:19–25 Main Idea: Jesus’ work opens the way forward for us to enter the presence of God: Let’s answer two “how” questions from this text: 1. How do we know that? a. The shed blood of Jesus provides confidence to enter. b. Jesus serves as our high priest over God’s house. 2. How do we move forward into God’s presence? a. We draw near with a heart that truly possesses the full assurance that faith brings (22): i. We have been cleaned of guilt ii. We are washed pure b. We hold unswervingly to the hope we profess (23). c. We “consider” how to spiritually help one another love and do good (24). i. Manner: 1. Stay connected (25a) 2.Encourage (25b) ii. Reason: The Day is approaching (25c) Application Questions: • What comes to your mind when you ponder the presence of God? What is this passage suggesting that we uniquely gain if God is omnipresent? • If Jesus has accomplished all of this for us, why do we struggle at times to have the confidence and boldness that this passage suggests we possess? • According to this passage, from where does our assurance come (see especially v. 22)? • What does unswervingly mean in the clause hold unswervingly to the hope we profess? • Do you consider how to spiritually help others within the church body love and do what is right, or is your focus almost exclusively on your own walk with the Lord? What might that look like in your life?

July 11th 2021

HEBREWS :: The Way Forward Through Perfection • July 11, 2021 • Pastor Phil Burggraff

Theme: The Way Forward through Perfection Passage: Hebrews 10:1–18 How is perfection attained? 1. Perfection cannot come through the Law (1–4). 2. Perfection comes through Jesus accomplishing God’s will (5–18). a. God’s will is to make us holy through Jesus’ offering (5–10). b. Jesus has perfected those of us He has made holy (11–14). c. The Holy Spirit internalizes God’s will for us so that we know we are forgiven (15–18). Main Idea: Jesus offered Himself to perfect us completely in God’s eyes. Application Questions: • How do you understand perfection? Do you have perfectionist tendencies? How might your understanding of perfection affect your relationship with God? • What transformation occurs with the Law in this section (see vv. 1 and 16–17)? Does this mean that there no longer is law for believers? Explain. • What do we learn about God’s will from this passage (especially vv. 5–10)? How does this impact your view of God’s will for your life? • According to this passage, are you perfect? made holy? forgiven? Explain. What applications should these realities lead you to make this week in your own life?