The author of Hebrews challenges us to fight against the temptation to be lazy in their faith and ignorant in their understanding of the things of God. These twin temptations lead to spiritual immaturity and potential apostasy. The answer is to keep watch on ourselves and pursue a greater understanding of the things of God.
I. AN OUTLINE OF THE CHAPTERS 4-6; Jesus is…
A Promise Greater than Joshua's Allotments, 4:1-13
A Priest Greater than Aaron's Administration, 4:14-5:10
A Pressing Warning Against Apostasy, 5:11-6:12
Admonition against Immaturity, 5:11-14
Appeal to True Maturity, 6:1-3
A Warning against Apostasy, 6:4-8
--- a. fallen away, vv4-6
--- b. fruitful illustration, vv7-8
Assurance of Hope Offered, 6:9-12
A Promise from God with Absolute Assurance, 6:13-20
Bible expositor, Kent Hughes, regrettably expressed, "There is a massive tragedy few are aware of and with which fewer still concern themselves—namely, arrested spiritual growth, perpetual infancy, never becoming a "big person" spiritually. Set against eternity, this is a tragedy of incalculable proportions." This expositional sermon addresses the issue of the dullness of hearing and intellectual laziness prevailing in the churches today. May God use this sermon to revive His church!
Pastor JD talks about the casualty of spiritual immaturity, which sadly, leads to the vulnerability of many a Christian to false teachers and false teachings.
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In our study, Nineveh's king calls on all to repent. Even the animals! And the response by the humans is widespread. We will see the Biblical truth about repentance being for sins when applied to lost sinners but NOT about sin when applied to God.
Also Reference: 2 Thessal. 2:3-5, Acts 26:12-20 and Romans 2:2-9.
The Christian life has no rearview mirrors. There is no looking back--it's always forward, always upward. That means that the guilt of past sins must be left behind. But this is quite an audacious statement coming from Paul isn't it? The one who persecuted Christians. The one who approved of Stephen's execution in the book of Acts. Acts 8:3 says he was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison. This man is now saying, forget those things which are behind--the memory of what he had done to the church, but he says "I no longer live under the guilt of my past. It's under the blood, that sin-debt is paid, and God no longer counts me guilty for what I've done because Christ Jesus was counted guilty in my place." Friends come to Jesus and be liberated from the painful memory of your past. He stood guilty and condemned in your place so that you could look on him by faith and be counted righteous. Forget the past.
11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, 13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. 14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.
6 Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
Like in the days of Hosea the prophet, spiritual understanding is decreasing. Passionate commitment to doctrine and discernment has given way to a superficial facade of truth that has shipwrecked the faith of some.
The latest message from Emmanuel Reformed Church in our continuing series through the Book of First Corinthians "Guidance for a Struggling Church." In this message, we look at 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 in a sermon titled "Spiritual vs Fleshly People."
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A purpose that God redeems people is so that they will be holy and blameless before Him - Eph. 1:4. This sermon defines holiness, explains why it is essential and four common obstacles to holiness: False profession of faith, Ignorance & Immaturity, laziness & selfishness, and wrong views of sin and dealing with it.
At some point, Western evangelical leaders decided they could better serve Christ by no longer preaching his gospel. In its place, they developed inspirational messages, entertaining talks, pop-music, all enveloped by a general sense of "hip, slick, and cool." The result is a lifeless religiosity that does not teach the true believer how to live like Christ lived. In this episode, we examine the idanger inherent in these shallows, and begin to prescribe solutions for moving out of this place of chronic immaturity, and into the deeper faith that brings true life and peace.