June 13 2021 Hebrews 6.9–20 Pastor Phil Burggraff
HEBREWS :: The way forward by assurance • June 13, 2021 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Theme: The way forward by assurance Passage: Hebrews 6:9–20 How do we attain assurance? 1. Be encouraged that God knows our works and love as seen in our service (9–10). 2. Show diligence to persevere as those who have gone before us have (11–16). a. Diligence keeps us from sluggishness. b. Diligence demonstrates we are imitators of those who have persevered. 3. Take hold of the hope we have in the work of Jesus (17–20). Why? a. We have God’s oath and truthfulness (17–18). b. We have an anchor that has taken hold in the presence of God (19). c. We have Jesus who has blazed the trail for us (20). Main Idea: In our pressing on to maturity, we possess assurance only in our connection to Christ. Application Questions: • What have you looked to in the past for assurance in your relationship with God? How does the text challenge your typical assurances? • Does this stretch of text encourage you? Why? • How is what God did in and through Abraham a good parallel for our Christian life? • What does this passage teach us about hope? • As you press on to maturity, in what ways has God spoken to you—through warning or encouragement? Explain.
June 6, 2021
HEBREWS. :: The way forward requires maturity • June 6, 2021 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Theme: The way forward requires maturity Passage: Hebrews 5:11–6:8 Main Idea: The way forward requires that we press on to maturity. 1. Problem: Spiritual laziness stunts growth (5:11–14). Indicators of spiritual laziness: a. Inability to teach others the Christian basics b. Ignorance of these basics of the Christian faith c. Infantile implementation of these basics to life 2. Solution: Press on to maturity (6:1–3). How? a. Learn the basics. b. Leave them there as the foundation upon which to have your faith built and strengthened. 3. Consequence: Refusal to move on to maturity opens one up to apostasy (6:4–8). a. Those who fall away from Christ cannot be renewed to repentance. i. They are crucifying the Son of God to themselves. ii. They are publicly disgracing Him. b. Their lives demonstrate that they are disqualified on the last day. Main Idea: The way forward requires that we press on to maturity. Application Questions: • In your own spiritual evaluation of your life, which indicator of spiritual laziness most characterizes you? How can you go about addressing this in your own life? • Are the basics of the Christian faith discussed in this passage simply intellectual or do they contain a moral/ethical component to them (see 5:13–14)? What does this indicate about Christian maturity? • From this passage, what did you learn about spiritual apostasy? How is this motivating to you? If you don’t find it motivating you to press on to spiritual maturity, what does this indicate about your spiritual condition? • If we don’t press on to maturity but open ourselves up to apostasy, what does this indicate about our understanding and treatment of Jesus Christ?
May 30, 2021
HEBREWS :: Enduring Through Our Suffering High Priest • May 30, 2021 • Pastor Josh Kee
Hebrews 4:14-5:10 Sermon Information “The Way Forward” Series Sermon Title: Enduring Through Our Suffering High Priest Context: • God has spoken to us by his Son (1:1-3) • Jesus is greater than the angels (1:4-2:18) o Warning: Do not to drift away because disobedience will be punished (2:1-4) • Jesus is greater than Moses and Joshua (3:1-4:13) o Warning: Do not be hardened by unbelief because God’s rest is for the believing (3:7-4:13) • Jesus is greater than the Levitical priesthood (4:14-5:10; see also 2:17-3:8) Main Idea: The way forward for the people of God is to boldly and perpetually trust in Christ’s high priestly work of atonement (purification), mediation, and intercession. Outline: 1. Jesus has made the way for us – cling to our confession of faith (4:14; see also 1:3) 2. Jesus is able to sympathize (suffer with) our weaknesses because he has shared in them to the fullest extent possible, yet never submitted to sin (4:15) 3. Jesus gives us open access to the throne of grace so that he might give us mercy and grace – approach him boldly (4:16) 4. Jesus was appointed by God to be our High Priest (5:1-6) – trust God’s provision 5. Jesus is gentle with sinners and sufferers because he was clothed with weakness (5:2; also 2:17) – do not be timid in drawing near 6. Jesus learned (practiced) obedience through suffering (5:7-10) – expect the same “What is the gospel itself but a merciful moderation, in which Christ’s obedience is esteemed ours, and our sins laid upon him, wherein God, from being a judge, becomes our Father, pardoning our sins and accepting our obedience, though feeble and blemished? We are now brought to heaven under the covenant of grace by a way of love and mercy.” Richard Sibbes, The Bruised Reed Discipleship is the (corporate) work of continuously orienting our lives to the person and work of Christ. Point: Jesus is the provision for believers to endure confidently by faith in his person (identity as the Son of God) and work (crucifixion and exaltation). God does not resent your weakness. Drawing near with confidence and boldness is the evidence that you trust Christ. Discussion Questions: 1. How does Jesus give us confidence before God, who sees and perceives every thought and motive of our hearts? How does this encourage your heart? 2. How do you typically approach God? (With boldness? Confidently? Timidly? With reservation?) 3. What does your approach to God indicate about your belief or unbelief in Christ’s person and work?] 4. How should these verses shape the way we confess sin? 5. Why are Jesus’ sufferings essential to his role as our high priest? How does this instruct us in regard to our perspective of suffering? 6. In light of these verses, do you believe that God’s heart is bent toward gentleness, mercy, and grace in his dealings with you? Is there unbelief that is being revealed? How can the body of Christ help you “not give up your confession of hope”? 7. How does Jesus as high priest shape the church’s worship?
May 23rd, 2021
HEBREWS :: The Way Forward by Striving to enter God’s Rest • May 23, 2021 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
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 16th 2021
HEBREWS :: The Way Forward Through Perseverance • May 16, 2021 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Passage: Hebrews 3:1–19 Theme: The Way Forward through Perseverance Main Idea: We must hold on to Jesus Christ in every area of life. 1. Why? (3:1–6) a. He is The Apostle. b. He is the High Priest of our Confession. c. He is the Faithful Son over God’s House. 2. How? (3:7–19) a. Negatively, don’t harden your hearts. The process of hardening hearts: i. Rebellion against the clear revelation of God ii. Testing of God even in the face of his clear working iii. Arousal of God’s anger b. Positively, encourage one another daily. i. Sin deceivingly causes us to not believe and turn from God. ii. We must persevere through faith in Christ if we are to eternally share in Christ. Application Questions: • How is Jesus an apostle, high priest, and faithful Son, and why are these descriptors important for us today? • What is the significance of the condition (if we hold firmly …) statements in vv. 6 and 14? What do such condition statements mean for our understanding of salvation? • Where in your life do you see the tendency to harden your heart to what God has revealed you to do in his Word? • How are you involved in giving and receiving encouragement from others in the church so that you and others continue to persevere in faith?
May 9th 2021
HEBREWS :: Perfection through suffering • May 9, 2021 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
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?
May 2nd 2021
HEBREWS :: The way forward begins with Jesus • May 2, 2021 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Theme: The way forward begins with Jesus Passage: Hebrews 1 Theme: The way forward begins and ends with the Son, Jesus. Why? 1. God has climactically spoken by Son (1:1–4). 2. God’s spoken word to the Son reveals the Son’s supremacy (5–14). The Son’s Supreme Position: a. Royal Heir to universal rule (2b, 5–9) b. Sustaining Creator of all things (2c, 3c, 10) c. Perfect Revealer of God’s glory and nature (3a, 8–9, 11–12) d. Exalted Ruler at God’s right hand (3b–4, 13–14) Main Idea: The way forward begins and ends with Jesus because He is now the only Prophet, Priest, and King. Application Questions: • How do people today perceive that God speaks to them? Where do you tend to look for God speaking to you? According to the opening verses of Hebrews, how does the author of Hebrews say God speaks today? What does this mean for our lives and our church? • From this passage, what do you learn about Jesus? How does this affect your worship of Him? • If Jesus is all of the things described here presently, why do believers still suffer, and why does evil still seem to prevail in this world? • As you see Jesus’ supremacy over all things from this passage, how should this affect the way that you live?