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Author: Chuck Smith, Jr

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Christian based teaching from Chuck Smith, Jr
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Hebrews 7:1-3

Hebrews 7:1-3

2020-06-0754:16

If I were to write a paper on current societal pressures I would title it, “Inadvertent Torture”- no one intended to torture US citizens, it just happened• first, we spend most of our days stuck in these boxes (our homes)• then, two television and social media are dominated by two issues:◦ a controversial pandemic and the eruption of racial tension◦ our nation is sharply divided on both of these issues
This year, 2020, was already old by JuneFew people will regret seeing it in the rearview mirror– of course, some of our past is carried into the future• but crossing the threshold of a new year is our chance to pause and think• what do we want to take with us? and what do we want to leave here?Imagine you woke up this morning, got your coffee, sat down,– and instead of saying,“Okay, Lord, I’ve got all these things to do, please help me,”• you prayed, “Lord, what do You want to do today”• and suppose he said, “Let’s take a walk. Follow me”– that’s what we’re going to do• were going to walk with Jesus through a few episodes in Mark’s gospel• as we do, his wisdom, personal power, kindness, and beauty will emerge◦ and we’ll see again why we love him
Matthew 2:9-11

Matthew 2:9-11

2020-12-2048:26

Mark 13

Mark 13

2020-12-1353:08

We are in the third week of the season of AdventWe’ve been preparing ourselves to welcome Jesus on Christmas morning– it’s not that he hasn’t been with us, but we need reminders rituals• they allow us to participate in events that transcends history– we began by focusing attention on Jesus then on opening to mystery• there is a mystery behind all reality – even yourself, myself, our pets, etc.◦ the mystery must be encountered, because it’s so wonderful• if you’ve been looking for mystery this past week,◦ but each day turned out the same old thing, like the day before,◦ then we need to have a talk about waking up
 Today is the second Sunday of AdventThis is the season for preparing ourselves for Christmas– last Sunday our preparation consists of contemplating Jesus– today, we will be concerned with opening our hearts and minds to mystery• some may find it too difficult to open their minds,◦ so at least let’s open our heartsBiblical mystery does not refer to a difficult mental challenge
Hebrews Overview

Hebrews Overview

2020-11-2941:20

Hebrews 13:20-25

Hebrews 13:20-25

2020-11-1556:19

Each time heading out the door I quickly ran through our checklist:- "Do you have your homework? Your thermos? Your mask?"• I read these last few verses of Hebrews as a checklist• these verses are the finishing touches to a amazing document◦ for the writer, these words were as important as everything else- when we began our study, I explained the value of Hebrews• in the gospels, Jesus reveals God – in Hebrews, God reveals Jesusno one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him (Mt. 11:27)• the writer began this messageLong ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son (Heb. 1:1-2)◦ we’ve learned many of the ways God has spoken through Jesus◦ we’ve also learned that he still speaks to us through Jesus
Hebrews 13:6-15

Hebrews 13:6-15

2020-11-0954:13

Intro: Last week we stopped at verse 8,Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and foreverRather than treat that statement as belonging to a separate section,- I see it more as the center point on which the chapter pivots• retracing our steps through Hebrews, we Jesus at the heart of it◦ in 2:9 we don’t see our place in world as God intended,but we see Jesus crowned with glory and honor◦ in 3:1 we are told to consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession◦ in 4:14 we have a great high priest . . . Jesus the Son of God◦ in the summary of Hebrews up to chapter 8, we read, Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven . . .◦ in 12:2 we are looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith- in light of all this, what does it mean to us that Jesus is the same?• Yesterday: that is, his earthly life, the people he touched, all that he said and did• Today: he is with us “always” (Mt. 28:2) -- and especially in worship, prayer, and meditation• Forever: And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also (Jn. 14:3)◦ the future he promises to us gives the Christian life its meaningFor the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 2:11-14)
Hebrews 13:1-8

Hebrews 13:1-8

2020-11-0154:48

Listen — Give — Forgive  —  Remember — Consider — ImitateI lost a few years of my life in conferences, seminars, and, forumsWhat I took away from each one was–a notebook– and those notebooks mostly sat on shelves collecting dust• after taking in all the information in first twelve chapters of Hebrews,◦ we need clarity on how to turn these ideas into actions• in chapter 13 the writer revisits themes in his book,◦ and supplying simple instructions for incorporating them into our livesLuke T. Johnson, “Virtually everything said here echoes earlier passages in which the author praises what his hearers are doing or exhorts them to do. Indeed, the several references to memory in this section suggest that the hearers are already well aware of their obligations.”
Hebrews 12:18-29

Hebrews 12:18-29

2020-10-2547:24

The writer of Hebrews is finished with his athletic analogies– in a letter that has alternated between revelation and warning• we come to the last big warning• but we are also brought back to Jesus–dramatically◦ the entire letter has been an adventure in knowing Jesus in a new wayEven though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer (2 Cor. 5:16)
Hebrews 12:12-13

Hebrews 12:12-13

2020-10-1836:04

Once again – what is our writer up to?He has given us an athletic metaphor,– and reminded us of the importance of training• the serious athlete must learn discipline• learning discipline requires athletes to endure their training◦ endure those cravings to eat something they know should not◦ endure getting out of bed in the morning or off the couch to workout– the beauty of discipline is that once you learn it,• you can use it to give structure to your whole life◦ not a rigid structure, imposed on you by someone else,◦ but you can structure the life you desire to live• the writer’s main idea: we use discipline to structure our spiritual lives
Hebrews 12:1-2

Hebrews 12:1-2

2020-10-0444:04

Do you know what I mean by “starting blocks”?You would if you ran track in high school– blocks are placed on a track provide stable brace for the runners’ feet• Olympic athletes spend time at the blocks, testing and adjusting them◦ because that first push-off is critical to a fast start• part of their workout is practicing their starts– the writer of Hebrews is not telling us to settle into the starting blocks• instead, the race has already begun• like a good coach, he is telling us how to run the race
Hebrews 11:32-33

Hebrews 11:32-33

2020-09-2757:23

Intro: How would you respond if I said, “Show me your faith”?Actually, I’m not the one who said it and that’s not whole sentenceShow me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works (Jas. 2:18)- you cannot do it – you cannot give evidence of faith apart from action- this entire chapter has explored faith's law of cause and effect• we've heard one story after another of people whose actions were motivated by faith◦ now he says, “There's no time for all the other stories I could tell”• so he summarizes all the volumes he could have written◦ enclosing them in bookends on either side--i.e., through faith (vv. 33 & 39)
Hebrews 11:31

Hebrews 11:31

2020-09-2040:05

If we could read this chapter like the original readers,We would see this verse had been sneaking up on them– thumbing through Israel’s history, the writer cites examples of faith• there’s a similar historical review in Acts chapter 7◦ but there, Stephen uses Israel’s history to make a different point• Stephen lists the regular heroes found in the Old Testament◦ Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David provided spiritual leadership for Israel◦ and also a theological foundation for the people– so reading this list in Hebrews we can anticipate who will come next• in v. 29, the people crossed Red Sea–we know that would relate to Moses• v. 30, the walls of Jericho fell down–we know that would relate to Joshua◦ only Joshua is conspicuously absent from this list
Hebrews 11 Continued

Hebrews 11 Continued

2020-09-0655:31

Intro: Hebrews chapter 11 can be summed up in two words: By faithThe six verses we dive into today share a sub-theme, which is death- not in a dark context, but rather in the light of faith and hope• faith is not short-sighted – it can see a future beyond end of my life• the big idea in these verses is that faith owns the futureFor all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are Christ’s and Christ is God’s (1 Cor. 4:21-23)- this passage takes us to one of the most bizarre stories in the Scriptures
Hebrews 11 - Continued

Hebrews 11 - Continued

2020-08-3016:42

In the verses we’ll cover today, faith looks much like a moving van– the journey of faith is no vacation, but an indefinite homelessness• with all of the stress that entails• faith looks like an endless series of transitions– this past week, I was counting for a friend all the schools I attended through the twelfth grade• three elementary schools, three junior high, and two high schools◦ being the new kid was no fun• Abraham’s nomadic adventures were no fun for him eitherThree of the verses we will read begin, By faith– two times it refers to the husband’s faith and once to the wife
Hebrews 11 Continued

Hebrews 11 Continued

2020-08-2347:23

Jesus stressed it, pointing out instances of little faith and great faith- Paul practically wore out the word faith (faith appears almost forty times alone in his letter to the Romans)• but the writer of Hebrews gives the fullest explanation of faith• beginning in chapter 10, he reminded us of God's declaration,my righteous one shall live by faith (Heb. 10:38)◦ then he defined faith in chapter 11 verse 1:Faith is resting in the assurance that we will receive the things we hope for, the certainty of having things that are now invisible (my paraphrase)◦ he follows that with numerous examples of others who lived by faith- like I said last week, this is a magnificent chapter• it would be hard to find a chapter that is more helpful than this• from all these examples we learn thatFaith finds God, while unbelief gropes in the dark, and finds nothing
Hebrews 11

Hebrews 11

2020-08-1652:28

Hebrews 11 is one of the magnificent passages in the BibleIt is right up there with Psalm 23, The Lord’s Prayer, and 1 Corinthians 13- we won’t just step into Hebrews 11 – we need a running start• last week’s passage culminated in two statements◦ a line from the OT: my righteous one shall live by faith◦ a line from writer: we are those who have faith• it’s a fair question to ask, What does faith do for us?◦ how does it make my life different from anyone else who is without faith?◦ What is faith and what does it look like?- Hebrews 11 gives us answers to these questions• first, faith is defined – not with a dictionary type of definition◦ but by explaining what faith does for us and how it challenges us◦ then it shows us faith in living examples
Hebrews 10 Part 2

Hebrews 10 Part 2

2020-08-0201:02:15

Hebrews 9:15-26

Hebrews 9:15-26

2020-07-1948:15

When we began our study in the Book of Hebrews, do you remember me telling you that I love this book?That is because it is all about Jesus- to me, it is like a fifth gospel, but it is different in this respect:• the other four gospels follow Jesus from a human perspective◦ we read about him from our view on earth◦ Hebrews follows him from heaven’s perspective• it’s as if we watch Jesus through the eyes of God’s angels
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