Preaching Outline, Letter to the Hebrews, Message Twenty Seven

Letter to the Hebrews Message Twenty Seven

We have learned of Paul’s –

III. Exhortation to believers 10:18—13:17 He began with an –

A. Exhortation to Faithfulness. Hebrews 10:18-39
We discovered that if we are to understand our relationship and life with God, we need to understand the meaning of faith. Paul recognized this need and in chapter eleven he began by giving an –
B. Explanation of faith. Hebrews 11:1-3
So, what is faith?
1. A Promise. Hebrews 11:1 “Substance of things hoped for” (Promise, Title deed)
2. A Presentation. “Evidence of things not seen.”
3. A Proof. Hebrews 11:2,3 The evidence presented by “…things that are seen were not made of things which do appear”
C. Examples of faithfulness. Hebrews 11:4-40
We looked at the –
1. Worship in faith – Able. Hebrews 11:4 “…offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice…God testifying of his gifts…”
2. Walk in faith – Enoch. Hebrews 11:5
3. Work in faith – Noah. Hebrews 11:7
This morning we turn to the truth that helped the Hebrew believers and will help us, the Title Deed given by God, executed by Jesus, written in His blood, and notarized by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13 “…ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise…”).
The –
4. Witnesses to faith. Hebrews 11:8-31 They were –

a. Committed to follow God. 11:8-16 Did not turn back! They were –
b. Confident in God. 11:17-22 Trusting in the trials.
They were confident in the –
c. Courage of God 11:23-31

And today we look at the –
5. Worth of Faith. Hebrews 11:32-40 Nothing in this world of matching value!

The strength of faith is evident in the lives of believers. The recipients of this letter had already faced persecution for their testimony for the Lord. Paul encouraged them in their faith. Trouble will continue but the Lord is faithful to bring us through to victory over trials and troubles.

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Faith prepares us for both life and death, blessings and tribulation.

a. Powerful faith. Read Romans 11:32-34

1). Failings – they were imperfect men called by God.

As we walk down this hall of faith we notice that each portrait is of a man who is known for his faults as well as his faith, some more than others, but all had failures that we can identify with. It may seem a strange way to begin the study of powerful faith, but we should realize that they stood alone before God and answered for their sin as well as were rewarded for their successes. We will stand before God facing the consequences of our actions –

2 Corinthians 5:10-11 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

These saints did not escape the consequences of their sins. We should learn from them and seek to be strong in the Word of the Lord and in faith. Do we, this morning, see our reflection in them?

a). Gideon failed to understand that God had set His name among the people at the Tabernacle and His priest in the lineage of Levi. The Tabernacle along with the Ark of God had been set up in Shiloh by Joshua and remained until the early years of Samuel. Worship in Shiloh seemed to decline as we find no mention of Israel seeking God’s leadership at the Tabernacle. We know there were some faithful as we have the record of Samuel’s parents worshipping in Shiloh each year and some others of the Nation of Israel continued to offer there until the actions of the ungodly priest turned them away. Because of the decline of integrity among the priest and the inter-tribal conflicts, Gideon seems to have decided to worship God at home instead of at the Tabernacle. He asked the people to help him to create an ephod, the garment to be worn by the priest. Does this sound familiar? People are constantly inventing alternatives to the church, failing to recognize that God has spoken “I will build my church…”.

b). Barak failed to accept the responsibility to lead when the country needed him, insisting that Deborah accompany him to the place of the battle. She told him that he was given up the victory over Sisera to a woman – a housewife, Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite, from the lineage of Abraham and Ketura. Jael showed how much one woman could accomplish with just a hammer and a nail! Judges 4

c). Samson was motivated by lust, surrendering to the passions of the flesh and his contempt for others. Samson flirted with the world, moving almost effortlessly between his dedication as a Nazarite, separated unto the Lord, and his desire to fulfill the lust of his flesh.

d). Jephthah made his foolish vow to God trying to improve on his position with the Lord when God had already promised him the victory over the enemy by empowering him by God’s Spirit. Yet he vowed to sacrifice ‘whatsoever’ came out to meet him upon his return from the battle. Judges 11:29-31

e). David committed adultery with Bathsheba, murdered her husband, refused to accept responsibility to correct his own children, and determined to take a census of the people against the express commands of God.

f). Samuel grew weary of the work God gave him and placed his sons in positions they were not qualified for setting Israel up to demand a king of their own choosing, not waiting on the Lord.

These are men whose failures identified their humanity, whose repentance identified their humility, and whose faith identified God working in their lives – redeeming them, rebuking them, reproving them, and restoring them. David revealed the bitterness brought forth by the chastening hand of God when he cried –

Psalm 51:1-3 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bath-sheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Psalm 51:9-13 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

We must remember the words of God through Paul to the church in Rome –

Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

God uses imperfect men, but do not settle for imperfection, saying “this is just who I am”.

We should say I want the Lord to warn me of sin, to guide me in righteousness, and to protect me from the mistake these saints have made! Have faith that overcomes failures!

2). Faith – they relied upon God to achieve His purpose.

God used these men to accomplish His purposes in establishing His nation and God will use us to establish His church!

Are you willing to be a part of accomplishing His will?

Are you saved? You may say today, “I need to clean up my life first”. If you could clean up your life and satisfy the righteousness of God in doing so, Jesus would not have died for us!

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Turn to Him today!

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Preaching Outline, Letter to the Romans chapter 15, message 2

Romans Chapter 15 Message 2
Paul wrote to encourage them in that –

4. The Lord prepared His people to rest in Him. Romans 15:4

a. The Power is in His Word. “…things that were written …”
b. The Preparation is knowing His Word. “…were written aforetime…for our learning…”

We have what we need before we need it!

c. The Practical application of the power and preparation –
“…patience and comfort…”
That peace of God that passes all understanding.

1). The example of the Lord Jesus Christ when tempted and tried –

When Satan tempted Him (Matthew 4:3) “And when the tempter came to him, he said…” in the same manner three times Satan spoke to him. The Lord answered each time “…it is written…” which resulted in victory for the Lord and the departure of the Tempter “…then the Devil leaveth him….”

2). The example of the disciples when tempted and tried –

Acts 4:10-13 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. (Psalm 118:21,22) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

The Practical application is this – Patience, not Panic! Comfort, not Confusion!

Peter learned to stand in patience and comfort when before he had acted in panic and confusion –

1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
This leads us to –

d. The Pursuit of the promises of God – looking for the expected end
“…might have hope.” Literally meaning “keep on hoping.”

Paul’s love and care for them led to –

C. The entreaty. Romans 15:5,6

1. Paul directed his prayer to the source of that which is needed.
Romans 15:5
Now the God of patience and consolation…..

Patience and consolation, exactly the same words in verse 4 (that we through patience and comfort), come from God, through His Word and the working of the Holy Spirit in us. The Lord explained that all we are flows from Him into us –

John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

and out unto the world –

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

And because of this witness in the world –

2. Paul directed his prayer for bestowal of that which is needed –
Unity in Truth.

Romans 15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The church glorifying God on earth!

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Preaching Outline, Letter to the Hebrews Message Twenty Six

Letter to the Hebrews Message Twenty Six

We have learned of Paul’s –

III. Exhortation to believers 10:18—13:17 He began with an –

A. Exhortation to Faithfulness. Hebrews 10:18-39
We discovered that if we are to understand our relationship and life with God, we need to understand the meaning of faith. Paul recognized this need and in chapter eleven he began by giving an –
B. Explanation of faith. Hebrews 11:1-3
So, what is faith?
1. A Promise. Hebrews 11:1 “Substance of things hoped for” (Promise, Title deed)
2. A Presentation. “Evidence of things not seen.”
3. A Proof. Hebrews 11:2,3 The evidence presented by “…things that are seen were not made of things which do appear”
C. Examples of faithfulness. Hebrews 11:4-40
We looked at the –
1. Worship in faith – Able. Hebrews 11:4 “…offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice…God testifying of his gifts…”
2. Walk in faith – Enoch. Hebrews 11:5
3. Work in faith – Noah. Hebrews 11:7
This morning we turn to the truth that helped the Hebrew believers and will help us, the Title Deed given by God, executed by Jesus, written in His blood, and notarized by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13 “…ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise…”).
The –
4. Witnesses to faith. Hebrews 11:8-31

a. Committed to follow God. 11:8-16 Did not turn back!

Remember Jesus’ question to his disciples “will ye also turn back”? and the answer “To whom shall we go…”?
We must be careful in our remembrances of the past! Seldom are the memories accurate.
b. Confident in God. 11:17-22 Trusting in the trials.
They were confident in the –

1). Return home according to the promise of God. “In Isaac shall…”

God had been accomplishing the incredible, the unbelievable, all along in Abraham’s life. He was determined to believe God in simple faith! He had learned to trust God through –

a). Exercising faith.
b). Experiencing failures.

(1). He took his family along with him when he left the city of Ur when God had told him to get out from among them.
(2). He took his nephew Lot with him when he left Haran and was not blessed until Lot departed.
(3). He did not wait upon the Lord to give a son through Sarah his wife and had a son, Ishmael, by Sarah’s handmaid.

He had learned that it is better to obey than to say I wish I had trusted and obeyed God the first time. “…I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.”

2). Revelation of God. Promises of the future. “…the elder shall serve the younger…”

a). The blessing to Jacob. Genesis 27:28,29 “God give thee –“

(1). Provision. “the dew of heaven …fatness of the earth…plenty of corn and wine.”
(2). Power. “…people serve the…nations bow down to thee…”

b). The blessing to Esau. Genesis 27:39,40

(1). Resourcefulness. “thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth…”
(2). Rebellion. “…thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.”

3). The Reward given to Joseph. Genesis 48:22 blessings at the end of trials.

“Moreover I have given one portion above thy brethren…” A double blessing.

4). The release of the people from Egypt.

Hebrews 11:22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

Joseph was confident that God would lead Israel out of Egypt to return to their land. This was a most unlikely expectation at the time.

They had prestige – Joseph was second in power over all of Egypt.
They had place – Pharaoh gave them the land of Goshen, a good land.
They had power –

Exodus 1:7 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.

This was what Joseph knew at the time and, practically speaking, any people would be hard pressed to leave such good conditions. Joseph trusted God and knew that He would get His people where He wanted them to be. After all, God had used slavery and prison to lead him to the seat of power. He was confident that God would do whatever was necessary to take them home and Joseph made them promise not to leave him behind!

Genesis 50:24-25 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And Joseph took an oath of the children of hence.

Have confidence in God through faith. He will take care of the circumstances!

c. Courage of God Hebrews 11:23-31

Matthew 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

The mountain of trial and tribulation before was removed by their faith in God.

1). Risked their lives to protect their child. (Moses’ parents) ,
Hebrews 11:23
“…they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.”

2). Rejected the favour of the world and sought the favour of God. (Moses)
Hebrews 11:24-27

“…refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt:…”

3). Received and obeyed the Word of God to the saving of the people. Hebrews 11:28,29

“…kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood…Passed through the Red Sea as by dry land….”

4). Relied on the power of God to fight their battles. Hebrews 11:30 (Joshua)

“By faith the walls of Jericho fell down…”

5). Remained safe in the midst of battle according to the promise of God. (Rahab) Hebrews 11:31

“…Rahab perished not with them that believed not……”

All by faith!! “The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

The Title Deed to truth and trust in God. Do you received this promise? Are you saved, holding the promise of life in God through the Lord Jesus Christ?

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Preaching Outline – Letter to the Romans Chapter 15 Message 1

Romans Chapter 15

I. Identification with the Lord. Romans 15:1-7

Tonight we will look at Romans 15:1-3

“To know the mind of God, as revealed in the Scriptures, is to be strong; to be ignorant of it, is to be weak. It is not the man of the greatest intellectual vigor who is strong, nor the imbecile in understanding who is weak. Many of those who possess the greatest talents, and are most distinguished for mental acquirements, even although Christians, may be weak in respect to the things of God. And many who are of feeble intellect, may be strong in the knowledge of Divine things.” Robert Haldane

A. The exhortation. Romans 15:1-2

1. Partnership in life. Romans 15:1

“We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak…”

a. Actively be a help. Positive service unto the Lord.

Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

The Lord worked with His disciples, helping them with the truth.

The Lord did not give them more than they could bear with the help of others. He gave enough to reveal that we are not self-sufficient – we need help.

John 16:12-13 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

He bore them along with truth and love –

Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

“…and not to please ourselves.” –

If we find ourselves drawing away from people instead to moving toward them, we need to seek the Lord’s help to change our attitude that we may be a blessing to others and they may be a blessing to us. It should become our nature!
As we grow in the Lord, it will be our pleasure to help others in –

2. Promoting spiritual growth. Romans 15:2 Build up others in the faith. “Edification”

1 Corinthians 10:24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.

a. The Command to the strong – God’s purpose for the strong, to serve –

Ephesians 4:11-16 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

b. The Challenge to the weak – To accept help from the strong –

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Promoted spiritual growth in the –

c. The Character of the strong and the weak – To give and to accept reproof, rebuke, correction in love –

Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Psalm 141:5 Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head….

The attitude of those giving instruction should be that of a righteous friend and the attitude of those receiving instruction should be that of appreciation and thankfulness for being helped by a friend!

Please remember those that are strong can grow stronger by learning from the weak. No one knows everything and we can all learn from each other.

Paul then gave –

B. The example. Romans 15:3,4

1. The Lord’s determination to please the Father. Romans 15:3a
“For even Christ pleased not himself…”

John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

Notice the decisions the Lord made that were typical of His life being lived for others –

Mark 6:31-32 And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.

Take note of His consideration of others –

Mark 6:34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.

He taught them and He fed them, giving up the plan to rest with the disciples.

2. The Lord was reviled because of His identification with God.

Romans 15:3b “…the reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.”

a. As a man, He was sought after.

John 3:2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

1). He healed the sick –

Mark 1:33 And all the city was gathered together at the door.

Mark 1:37 And when they had found him, they said unto him, All men seek for thee.

2). He fed the hungry – they responded by pressing Him to be their king.

John 6:15 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.

b. As the Son of God, He was rejected.

John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

John 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

We need to understand that –

3. The Christian will be reviled because of his identification with God.

Luke 10:16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. Luke 10:16

1 Thessalonians 4:8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

We are not on this earth to please the world, or ourselves. We are here to serve the Lord and please Him. We need to give ourselves to this service and be a help to all of those that are in this journey with us. We must always remember –

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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Preaching outline, Letter to the Romans chapter 14, message 2

Romans chapter 14 Message Two

Many believers have wrong (or immature) ideas about God’s will because they are not familiar with His Word. Paul instructed the strong (knowledgeable of God’s Word) to receive the immature into the fellowship and to refrain from arguing with them. Paul also instructed the weak to refrain from judging others!

Paul did not surrender doctrine for anyone –

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Paul taught that one can be both right and gentle in building up the brethren in the Word of Truth –

Ephesians 4:14-15 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

Which brings us to Romans chapter 14 –

We learned that Paul instructed the church to –

I. Care for one another. 14:1 “…receive ye…” Take them unto yourselves, as family, to help them and enjoy being one with another in the church.

Be the one to teach them, not seeking arguments and debates. We are to –

II. Create an atmosphere of growing in the Lord.. 14:1-6

When we all, weak and strong, remember that we are the Lord’s, we then –

III. Commit ourselves to the Lord. 14:7-12

And tonight we see that we are to –

IV. Consider others before self. 14:13-23
Believers are to be –

A. Careful Romans 14:13 “…a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall…”.

Paul is warning believers to be careful not to cause hurt (painful wounding of the foot striking against a rock) to brethren in the church and also to be careful not to cause them to sin (σκανδαλον) through their reaction to accusations from stronger members.
Be careful to help them grow in the Lord.

Believers are to be –

B. Confident. Romans 14:14,20

“…I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself.”
“…All things indeed are pure…”

Being right and being prideful leads to one being unkind. This attitude does not increase anyone’s stature!

3 John 9-10 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

C. Consistent. Romans 14:19-23

1. Remember the purpose of the church. Exalt the Lord. Romans 14:19

“For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.”

2. Respond to the brethren in love. Romans 14:20-21

Ephesians 1:14-16 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus (strong in the Lord), and love unto all the saints (kind and caring for all the brethren), Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
Surrender your liberties through love for and patience with them –

“It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.”

3. Resolve to pursue a holy life, both the strong and the weak. Romans 14:22-23

Romans 14:22 (KJV) Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Seek to reflect the righteousness and love of the Lord in our lives –

Philippians 2:3-8 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Believers are to be careful
Believers are to be confident
Believers are to be consistent

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Preaching Outline, Letter to the Hebrews Message Twenty Five

Letter to the Hebrews Message Twenty Five
III. Exhortation to believers 10:18—13:17 He began with an –

A. Exhortation to Faithfulness. Hebrews 10:18-39
We discover that if we are to understand our relationship and life with God, we need to understand the meaning of faith. Paul recognized this need and in chapter eleven he began by giving an –

B. Explanation of faith. Hebrews 11:1-3

This morning we are seeking to understand faith.
Consider for a moment the mention of faith in the New Testament –

Matthew 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

(Faith must result in courage to face danger and death)

Acts 11:24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.

(Faith must result in a Godly goodness which points people to God)

Acts 16:5 And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.

(Faith must result in foundational strength, able to support a growing structure)

Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

(Faith must result in noticeable changes in life through God which are reported by others and lead to rejoicing among the brethren)

Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

(Faith must result in growing in righteous character that can only result by faith in God. Man has no righteousness to bestow upon others and so the natural man cannot live by faith. The just shall live by faith, and a man is only declared just by God through salvation in Him.)

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

(The result of faith is being no longer an enemy of God, but being at peace with Him)

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

(The result of faith is acknowledging that the Word of God is true)

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight:

(The result of faith is that by acknowledging the Word of God to be true, the believer submits to the whole counsel of the Lord and lives accordingly)

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

(The result of faith is salvation)

So, what is faith?

1. A Promise. Hebrews 11:1 “Substance of things hoped for” (Promise, Title deed)

Illustrate: “Do you own a house? Yes, I own a house in America”. Can you prove that you own a house in America? Yes, I have an official document, the Title Deed. Do you stay in your house? No, I stay here at this time, but there is a time coming that I will live in it. I hope, or fully expect, to live in it”.

2. A Presentation. “Evidence of things not seen.”

“My faith is the evidence that I will live in the house that neither of us can see at this time.”

3. A Proof. Hebrews 11:2,3 The evidence presented by “…things that are seen were not made of things which do appear”

God’s Word is true and is proved by the empirical evidence provided in creation.

Psalm 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.

Please note that while some are excited and encouraged when the sciences agree with the Word of God, it is just an anecdote in the timeline of history that a scientist caught up with a truth Bible believers have known for ages.

C. Examples of faithfulness. Hebrews 11:4-

The outline today is one that has been presented many times – the delight of those that like alliterative outlines –

1. Worship in faith – Able. Hebrews 11:4 “…offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice…God testifying of his gifts…”

Genesis 4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

He went to God, worshipping Him, believing and acknowledging the promise given by God! He had the title deed written in the blood of the Lamb of God and offered a lamb which symbolized this truth.

2. Walk in faith – Enoch. Hebrews 11:5

a. How did Enoch walk? “…he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”

Genesis 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

b. How did the Lord Jesus walk? Notice the references to time in His life:

1). Purpose in His days. (24 hours each day)

John 2:4 “…Mine hour is not yet come,” John 7:6 “My time is not yet at hand”
Lk 13:33 Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following

2). Purpose in His devotion.

John 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

3). Purpose in His direction.

To live –

John 4:4 And he must needs go through Samaria.

To die –

Matthew 26:2 Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.

c. How are we to walk?

1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
The Lord told the disciples that He would teach them to work the works of God and that they should –

Matthew 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

This brings us to the final point today, working the works of God –

John 6:28-29 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

3. Work in faith – Noah. Hebrews 11:7

Faith in Worship and faith in our walk leads to faithful service unto the Lord.

Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

a. God gave Noah a timetable –

Genesis 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

b. God gave Noah a promise –

Genesis 6:18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.

Noah worked on this project for twenty years before his first son, Shem, was born!

c. God gave Noah a message for his generation –

1 Peter 2:5 “…a preacher of righteousness…”

By faith Noah was prompt (redeemed the time), he persevered, and he presented God’s message to the world.

How many mornings before beginning his work, did he look for someone who believed the message to come and work along side of him? Taking one day a week for rest, he worked 37,080 days and no one came except his wife, sons, and their wives. He kept on – faith! The title deed to unseen (yet promised) things! “The Substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”.

Do you live according to the promise, the title deed, of your salvation and everything that it includes?

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Preaching Outline, Letter to the Hebrews Message Twenty four

The Letter to the Hebrews Message 24

III. Exhortation to believers 10:18—13:17 He began with an –

A. Exhortation to Faithfulness. 10:18-39 Pay careful attention!

1. Severity. A Word of Warning. 10:19-31

Paul reminded them of the blessing of salvation, and also the responsibility and accountability that came with the blessing. He wrote of the –

a. Permission we have to come into the presence of God. 10:19,20
b. Purpose. ‘worship’ 10:21 “…with our high priest…”
c. Preparation – we must know that we are prepared by faith in God through
d. Perseverance. 10:23 “…holding fast the profession of our faith without wavering…”
e. Practice our faith and provoke others to do the same. 10:24,25

Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Why should we exhort one another to be faithful to God? Because we know the

f. Principles of God do not change. 10:26-31

Paul reminded them of the consequences of willful sin. Their punishment would be –

1). Absolute.

Their punishment will be –
2). Appropriate.

Their anticipation will be –
3). Agonizing. “a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

This morning we turn to the exhortation to –

2. Service. Hebrews 10:32-39

To help them to be steadfast, Paul told them they should –

a. Remember. 10:32-34 To think back on –

1). Their salvation. 10:32a The difference salvation made – ‘illuminated’

John 1:4-5 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Those close to you did not understand why a change took place in your life.
The difference in Saul’s life – As he approached Damascus, thinking he would be welcomed into the city with open arms of those in power, but then he was led into the city by the hand, and eventually he escaped from the city through a window, sitting in a basket. How the attitude of the world changes when their accountability to God is revealed!

2 Corinthians 11:32,33 In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me: And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.

The right hand of friendship had become the murderous hands of hate!

Paul called on them to remember –

2). Their stand. 10:32b “…ye endured a great fight of afflictions.”

Refer to the testimony remembered by Paul to Festus and King Agrippa in –

Acts 26:20,21 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance. For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me.

They should also remember –

3). Their suffering. 10:33,34a

a). Their personal testimony. 10:33a “…ye were made a gazingstock..”

Acts 26:22-24 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles. And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.

This testimony declared by this aging man on the stage in front of an illustrious audience must have been truly theatrical.

“…ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions…”

And –

b). Their partnership in ministry. 10:33b,34a

They suffered loss because of their love of the brethren –
Acts 17:5-9 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus. And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things. And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go.

“…and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods…”

What do your family and friends think of you because of your love of the brethren? The evidence of salvation is that problems are faced and faith –

b. Remains – Confident and consistent. 10:35-39

In these verses, Paul quoted the words of the prophet Habakkuk which he wrote at the time of the Babylonian capture of Jerusalem. The Jews were in great affliction and though they deserved the judgment of God, Habakkuk was asking why a much more ungodly people were being used in the judgment. He did not comprehend what God was doing and he was asking for answers.

Habakkuk 1:1-4 The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see. O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention. Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.

His world was turned upside down! Can you understand how he feels?

God answered Habakkuk, telling him that the Righteousness of God would be revealed and they needed to simply trust Him and live according to His Word.

Habakkuk 2:2-4 And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

The Christians in the early church were facing trials and trouble from those around them and they also wondered when they would be delivered from the affliction – when would life get better? As God told Habakkuk to wait on the Lord, Paul told them to wait on the Lord.

In conclusion, Paul challenged them to remain –

1). Confident. 10:35-37

a). Possession. 10:35 Salvation.

“Cast not away therefore your confidence…” God is not going to cast you out, don’t you cast yourself out and quit!

b). Patience. 10:36a Enduring affliction. “ye have need of patience..”
c). Promise. 10:36b, 37 Do the will of God, looking for the sure appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ.

2). Consistent 10:38,39

a). In these verses are two directions –

(1). Backward. Notice the words associated with this direction –

Draw back, no pleasure, perdition.

(2). Forward. Going forward is inferred by the word “shall live”. The words associated with this direction are –

The just, faith, believe, saving of the soul.

b). In these verses there is one conclusion –

We, the illuminated (saved) do not draw back (lose our salvation), but are of them that believe to the saving of the soul (eternally secure in Christ).

He will come in truth and justice and all of our questions will be answered.

Are you living for Him and looking for His coming?

The just shall live by faith!
Where is your faith placed today?
Are you trusting in yourself or are you trusting in God?

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