New Testament

Reference: Hebrews 13:1-6 Date: 23 September 2012   NOTES Download: The_Promise   The Promise • Hebrews 13:1-6 I. INTRO • Read vs. A. The Ship 1. The universal symbol for Christianity is the Cross. It has been for a long time. 2. So it’s surprising to hear it wasn’t a symbol for the first few hundred years. 3. The earliest symbol was mostly likely a ship, which represented the Church. a. Christians were shipmates. b. And the church sailed thru the stormy sea of a hostile world. 4. That was an image the original readers of Hebrews well understood. a. They were under great pressure to give up following Jesus & go back to their past in Judaism. b. That pressure was so great & had been on for so long, some of them had. c. So the writer penned this letter to show Jewish believers the superiority of Jesus & The Gospel. d. Jesus fulfilled what Judaism only pointed to. 5. Now-as the writer concludes the letter, he bullet-points several quick things the readers need to pay attention to. 6. Even though these things...

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: Romans 6:1-11 Date: 16 September 2012   NOTES Download: Be_Baptized   INTRODUCTION •  Read Matthew 28:18-20 1. Taking a quick break from our study in Hebrews to consider baptism. 2. ___ have signed up to be baptized this afternoon. 3. I thought it would be good to take some time this morning for all of us to consider what’s going to happen when we gather at 3 PM at the beach. Sacraments 1. CC church services are what’s called “primitive.” Doesn’t mean they’re ‘backward;’ means simple, organic. 2. As opposed to High Church or Liturgical where there’s much more ritual. a. A liturgical church service has a standard order of service where everyone sits. Stands, or kneels at the same time. b. There’s a highly structured order of service that rarely varies. c. All of the churches belonging to that denomination follow the same calendar & all read out of the same book. The prayers are written down and recited in every church on the same day and the message given in...

Reference: Hebrews 12:1 Date: 09 September 2012   NOTES Download: RUN   RUN! • Hebrews 12:1-2   I. INTRODUCTION – Read vs. A. “You Can’t Win Like That” 1. The Olympics recently ended & some of us watched hours’ of coverage. 2. It’s been interesting watching the evolution of sports since I began watching the Olympics in high school. 3. As the competition has become more intense, the athletes’ equipment & clothing has evolved. 4. In both swimming & track, the difference between a gold & silver medal is sometimes as short as a hundredth of a second. 5. So swimmers shave every inch of their bodies & wear super slick suits to reduce drag. 6. Runners wear super-tight, lightweight tracksuits. Their shoes are only 5 oz. Their goal is to reduce both friction & weight so they can turn in the best time. 7. So imagine at the games in London – it’s a qualifying heat for the mile. a. The runners line up at their starting places; 7 of them wearing the usual tracksuit & lightweight shoes. b. But...

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...