Mid Week Message

  Reference: Jeremiah 1-2  Date: 03 October 2012   NOTES Download: Jeremiah_01   Jeremiah 1-2 • Chapter Study INTRODUCTION Background Sketch When starting a new book of the Bible, I like to do a quick background sketch. It’s important to know the historical setting & situation it was conceived in. So here’s a thumbnail survey of. Abraham, father of the Jewish people was called by God to leave his home in Ur/Mesopotamia & move to the  land that would one day be called Israel. His grandson Jacob’s family moved to Egypt during a time of famine where they were welcomed by the Egyptians. But when another dynasty arose, their descendants, which were many, were made slaves. After 400 yrs in Egypt, Moses led them out in the Exodus – & 40 yrs later Joshua led them into Canaan – the Promised Land. The land was divided up among the 12 tribes of Israel – & because they failed to conquer the utterly corrupt Canaanites who lived there before...

Reference: Hebrews 13  Date: 26 September 2012   NOTES Download: Hebrews_13   Mid Week • Hebrews 13 INTRODUCTION In a couple of previous studies, we’ve noted 1 of the great mysteries of the NT is who wrote Hebrews. So as we’ve marched thru the text, we’ve identified the hints that it was probably the Apostle Paul. One of those hints is the outline of Hebrews is the same as others of his letters. The first half is doctrine, then practice. Theology, then application. Belief à Behavior. Creed à Conduct. So in Hebrews we find first a masterful exposition of the superiority of Jesus & The Gospel to a Christ-less & Jesus-rejecting Judaism. And the reason for that powerful explanation of the supremacy of The Gospel is because the letter was written to Jewish followers of Jesus being pressured by their fellow Jews & hostile Roman officials, to go back to the Judaism of their past. The pressure was great, at times breaking out in violence – and had...

Reference: Hebrews 12:14-29  Date: 19 September 2012   NOTES DOWNLOAD: Hebrews_12b   INTRO We only covered vs. 1-13 of ch. 12 last week, so we’ll pick it up at v. 14 tonight. The writer turns to wrap up the letter, he moves to a practical application of all the doctrine he spelled out in Chs. 1-10. He’s brilliant shown the superiority of Jesus & The Gospel and bolstered the flagging faith of his readers who were being pressed to give up following Jesus to go back to the Judaism of their past. In chl. 11 he reminded them of their heroes & what it was that mayde them heroic – their steadfast faith in God when it was hard. He calls them to not just tell & enjoy their stories but to become a part of it – to step into it & embrace that same confidence in God. Now we turns to kind of bullet-list several ways the Faith can & ought...

Reference: Hebrews 11 Date: 03 September 2012 NOTES Download: Hebrews_11   Hebrews 11 •  Chapter Study   INTRODUCTION Throughout history, groups of people we call cultures, or societies, or civilizations have set up special people called heroes. These heroes are nearly always people who embody some great virtue that society wants to enshrine & encourage. So their stories are told from generation to generation, usually from parent to child, in the hope the young will also take on those virtues. Leaders & politicians mention them in their speeches as a kind of verbal shorthand, knowing just mention the heroes’ name will evoke a feeling of patriotism in the crowd he / she is talking to. So today, a politician will drop the name of George Washington, or Abraham Lincoln & people know, just by the mention of the name what’s being referred to. Of course there are anti-heroes as well; people who don’t demonstrate virtue by their lifestyle but some vice, some fatal moral flaw...