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Aha Moments: The Partnership of Faith

Aha Moments: The Partnership of Faith

Hebrews 11:1-7, 39-40

One farmer said to another: “Friend, I heard that you asked the Lord for that good garden. Is that correct?” “Yes, sir, it is,” proudly replied the man whose flourishing garden was his delight; “only I never pray for a good garden unless I have a hoe in my hand. I say, `Lord, you send the sunshine and the rain, and I’ll keep down these weeds.’ “

How Can We Partner With God?

We Build Our Base Through Faith ~ Hebrews 11:1-5

  • 1 “being sure”=related to foundation; faith is foundational
  • 3 faith here is a verb: we are to use our faith to help us understand the universe
  • 4 Abel used faith as his reason for sacrifice, and it was credited to him as righteousness (like Abraham)
  • 5 “was taken”=translated/transposed/changed; God brought him home; ask: how could you use your faith in a way that would please God?

We Receive Our Rewards Through Faith ~ Hebrews 11:6-7,39-40

  • 6 “rewards”=lit. BECOMES A REWARDER: as we seek God, He rewards us with HIMSELF
  • 7 “in holy fear”= moved to minister because of reverence;
  • 7b “condemned” Noah judged the world not worth his time compared with saving his family through obedience to God
  • 39 people of faith might receive individual blessings, but these saints had not received their salvation BEFORE they acted in faith; they stepped out in faith FIRST
  • 40 better for us: Jesus! OT saints trusted God to save them through faith; NT saints (us) trust God the same way: but we have a NAME TO USE

CLOSE: Acts 4:12: Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

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Aha Moments: The Complete Covering

Aha Moments: The Complete Covering

Hebrews 10:13-25

Much of Hebrews deals with the Jewish sacrificial system; much of that system deals with blood and sacrifice. Why should we care about it now?

Because we STILL try, in our own power, to live lives according to a scale: if we do more good than bad, we’re “good” people (in most moral systems). But does God weigh our goodness against our badness?

How Is Our Covering Complete?

Salvation is Settled ~ Hebrews 10:13-18

  • 13/14 Our salvation is COMPLETE; God has done what was intended
  • 15/16 the intent is God IN us (not just knowing ABOUT God)
  • 17/18 God doesn’t forget/un-know about our sin; rather, God doesn’t grasp/dwell on our sin – He dwells IN US

Presence is Present ~ Hebrews 10:19-25

  • 19/20 we’re intended to be in God’s presence
  • 21/22 we encourage each other to draw closer to God: no more smoke screen!
  • 23 we HOLD, we HOPE, we PROFESS
  • 24 we THINK
  • 25 it’s pretty tough for us to encourage each other if we’re not around each other: Congregationalism for the WIN!

God doesn’t weigh our goodness against our badness; He weighs ALL of our deeds against ALL of His righteousness. Therefore, we’re completely LOST without Him!

Thanks be to God for the promise in Isaiah 26:12: “LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.” Our lives are lived IN RESPONSE to God’s Completed work!

Aha Moments: At Once, At-One

Aha Moments: At Once, At-One

Hebrews 9:11-15

From now until Lent, we’re going to be looking at Epiphany as a season, with the them of A-ha moments: times when we’re faced with sudden clarity. Today, let’s look at how God brings us closer to Himself: the Atonement. {explain 40 step OT atonement ritual}

We Are At One With God:

Able: Christ is Able to meet our needs

  • Heb. 9:11 Christ’s priestly work NOT a part of creation (He wasn’t qualified by what He DID here)

Total: Christ completely paid for us

  • Heb. 9:12 Christ’s priestly work made possible by His own blood; completely fulfilled God’s requirement for all sin ETERNALLY

=> The OT Day of Atonement was a ritual which took 40 complex steps to enact, and had to be done yearly; still observed on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement in the fall.

Once: Christ’s one sacrifice for sin

  • Heb. 9:13/14 Christ’s priestly offering was done ONCE, cleanses INTERNALLY, and PERMANENTLY

NE (Anyone): Christ’s payment available to all

  • Heb. 9:15 Christ’s priestly offering was extended to all who are called > all who receive the Promise > all who have been set free from sins

 

Epiphany: Unpacking the Equipment

Epiphany: Unpacking the Equipment Sermon Audio Here

1 Cor.1:1-9

I’m married to a list-maker: when we’re preparing for a long trip, she (and many others like her) use lists to keep track of what is needed for the trip. Do you realize what’s on YOUR checklist already?

Your Checklist in Christ Includes:

What You Are ~ 1 Cor.1:1-3

  • v2 you ARE sanctified (to make or declare holy);
  •     you ARE called (appointed, placed on purpose)

What You Have ~ 1 Cor.1:4-9

  • v4 Grace (not generally to all, but specifically TO YOU)
  • v5 Enrichment (in Christ)
  • v6 Confirmation (stability)
  • v7 Completeness (of spiritual gifts)
  • v8 Blamelessness (no one has the right to impeach you)
  • v9 Fellowship (partnership – you share in His work & benefits)

Isaiah 49:5~ And now the LORD says– he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength…

God has had plans for your life before you were born; He knows what He’s doing, giving you what you’ve been given to accomplish what He has in mind for you!

Epiphany: Understanding the Directions

Epiphany: Understanding the Directions Sermon Audio Here

Matthew 2:1-12

In the old days, before the ever-present use of satellite technology, to find one’s way around the world took careful research and a good map.

Finding Our Way Like the Magi Means:

Seeking Sets Up Wisdom ~ Matthew 2:1-2

  • v1 magi=”oriental scientist”, observe/interpret world
  • v2 looked for meaning; acted on it: cf. James 1:5 (ask God for it)

Refining Required for Wisdom ~ Matthew 2:3-6

  • v3/4 disturbed; couldn’t be bothered to seek for himself
  • v5/6 wisdom IS available for those who bother to actually seek: cf. Job 28 compares gaining wisdom with the process of mining: hard work which requires refinement

Practicing the Process of Wisdom ~ Matthew 2:7-12

  • v7/8 Herod wants to subvert Magi’s seeking for his own agenda
  • v9 went ahead: another miraculous overlay – not JUST looking for wisdom through observation, but now depending upon God’s direct intervention
  • v10/12 response to direct intervention: joy, worship, fulfillment (they left differently).

This is still true: when we interact with God directly, we discover joy, enter into worship, and find fulfillment as God leads us in different directions.

Bible names – mining for insight

hebrew names As I was doing my study this morning, I found myself in Genesis 5, and there are a lot of “begats” in there…

Every time I’ve read them before, I’ve basically logged the names mentally, but not really paid much attention to them until a specific name showed up later in the text, or had some special comment made about it…

…but then it occured to me: my own daughters have very specific names, chosen for very specific reasons. There’s a story behind each name in my family; indeed there’s a story behind how Jami and I even came to choose various names. Why would I automatically assume that Bible names didn’t have much meaning to their parents and treat them like mere footnotes in history?

Enter this site: Abarim Publications. They have some *great* Hebrew insights as to the meaning of names in the Old Testament. Even better – they explain, using the Hebrew, WHY they give a specific meaning to a particular name. It was a fascinating look at the names in Genesis 5, and one does not need to be a Hebrew scholar to appreciate the information on a name.

I recommend taking a look at this site: if you have a name that’s Hebrew in origin, you might discover all kinds of things about your name that you never knew!

Shalom (KFJ)- Ed


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