Passage: Hebrews 4:1–13 Theme: The Way Forward by Striving to enter God’s Rest Theme: We must strive to enter the rest God has prepared for us. 1. Why? a. We can fall short by hearing but not believing (1–3). b. God’s creation rest remains open “Today” (4–9). c. Entering God’s rest involves completing not simply starting (10). 2. How? We enter by responding to God’s Word, climactically spoken in the Son. We respond ... a. Faithfully b. Obediently c. Corporately Application Questions: • Why does the author begin this section with an exhortation to fear that we may fall short? From the whole of the passage, what is it that we are fearing? Therefore, what should we fear, and what shouldn’t we fear? • How are faith and obedience brought together in this passage? What is relationship between the two for the Christian today? • What does this passage indicate to us about the biblical concept of rest? What are the present and future implications of this concept of rest? • How can you strive faithfully, obediently, and corporately to enter God’s rest? Which of these adverbs needs addressing in your own faith journey?
May 23rd, 2021
HEBREWS :: The Way Forward by Striving to enter God’s Rest
May 23, 2021 • Pastor Phil Burggraff • Hebrews 4:1–13
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?