Hebrews

Hebrews 3:7-19

RESHEET

Speaker: Jason Wing
Text: Heb 3:7-19
Date: July 18th- 19th, 2015
Theme: Hebrews

reminders:

Anthologies
Anthologies tells our stories as they tell God’s story. If you have a story to share of God’s work; whether, it’s testimony, missional, everyday life, new creation, etc, please visit our page: apexanthologies.com, and fill out the form under the “contact” page. Questions? E- mail: anthologies@apexcommunity.org
Frontline
At our gatherings, we want the gospel to shape everything. One of those things is a welcome and warm environment. While we’re all called to participate in this, Frontline is a team of volunteers who specifically seek to demonstrate hospitality and a warm welcome to everyone coming to the gatherings. If you’d like to serve, e-mail: gathering@apexcommunity.org.

recap:

BIG IDEA: We don’t persevere in faith in order to be saved. We persevere in faith because we have been saved.
4 means God uses to keep us persevering in the faith:
1. His spoke & written word (vs7-9).
2. The examples of biblical history (vs7-9).
3. The exhortations from church family (vs13).
4. His warnings to guard our hearts (v12).

respond:

For conversation and prayer:
1. The God who saves us is the same God who keeps us. There’s confusion within the church that those God saves can repeal, reject, or refute His salvation. The word ‘salvation’ in Scripture isn’t about an instantaneous moment at the beginning of the Christian life; it is the whole Christian life from conversion to growth to glorification. If someone “leave the faith” the Bible says “they were never among us.” (1 Jhn 2:19). So, why do we read in Hebrews 3 many exhortations for believers? If we’re kept by God, why do we need exhorting? Because that’s how God keeps us.
- Read verse 12-14 and consider what the author is saying. What’s the focus of these verses and why are they fundamental to our growth?

2. As the hymn says, our hearts are prone to wander. This text speaks a lot about the heart. Our western culture has taken a very passive and optimistic view of the heart. We’re told to “follow our heart”, assuming it is good and worth listening to for guidance. But what do we read about in v8 and v12? Our hearts are incredibly wayward.
- Why are we told to “not harden your hearts...” and “take care, lest there be in any of you an unbelieving heart...” instead of being told what to do with our behavior?

3. One of the main ways God keeps us is His truth (or word) embodied in community. Verses 12 and 13 talk about the believers’ growth, but show the necessity of the believing family for our growth.
- What does the author say in verses 12-13 that show us how essential community is to our growth?
- What is so hard about community and letting others into not only our daily lives, but our private lives as well?
- Why do we need community to be involved in every aspect of our lives?

Recommended Resources
An Exposition of Hebrews by AW Pink
Hebrews for Everyone by NT Wright

Hebrews 3:1-6

RESHEET

Speaker: Rob Turner
Text: Heb 3:1-6
Date: July 11th-12th, 2015
Theme: Hebrews

reminders:

Anthologies
Anthologies tells our stories as they tell God’s story. If you have a story to share of God’s work; whether, it’s testimony, missional, everyday life, new creation, etc, please visit our page: apexanthologies.com, and fill out the form under the “contact” page. Questions? E- mail: anthologies@apexcommunity.org
Frontline
At our gatherings, we want the gospel to shape everything. One of those things is a welcome and warm environment. While we’re all called to participate in this, Frontline is a team of volunteers who specifically seek to demonstrate hospitality and a warm welcome to everyone coming to the gatherings. If you’d like to serve, e-mail: gathering@apexcommunity.org.

recap:

BIG IDEA: Our perseverance in faith is sustained by our relentless focus on Christ, and not idolizing his servants.
1. The identity of Jesus (v1).
2. The obedience of Jesus (v2).
3. The superiority of Jesus (v3)
- Perseverance involves both effort & focus. - Perseverance is a community effort.
- Perseverance is a gift of joy.

respond:

For conversation and prayer:
1. God gives His people gifts. One of them is faithful leaders. In the history of the church, no one is quite like Moses. For years, he was the one regarded by the Jewish people as pivotal over and against most of their lineage of the faithful. Many times in the NT he’s regarded as a figure of importance still. But the author of Hebrews makes it very clear what is substantive in creating growth and perseverance: “consider Jesus...” (v1). Moses was faithful as a servant, as were many leaders in the Church’s history, but Jesus is faithful as a son. While we remember the legacy and life of many brothers and sisters, we’re to consider Jesus.
- What are healthy ways for us to consider others throughout church history?
- What are unhealthy ways?
2. This text doesn’t exclude the role of remembering the faithful. Matter of fact, this text helps us consider them in a way that helps us consider Christ. Look through the text (vs1-6) and see what’s mentioned about Moses. As you look, consider how the author uses those moments to honor God’s faithfulness through the life of Moses, and use it to point to the life and faithfulness of Christ.
- Consider the lives of brothers and sisters that have encouraged you? Perhaps a church leader long ago, or a personal friend or elder. What about their lives encouraged you?
- How can God use their lives and legacy as a way to point you to Christ?
3. The author says our boast is our hope (v6). Our hope is Christ.
- What does it mean to boast in our hope?
- What other sorts of hopes do others boast in?
- How can we boast in a way that helps others see our hope in Christ?

Recommended Resources
An Exposition of Hebrews by AW Pink
Hebrews for Everyone by NT Wright

Hebrews 2:10-18

RESHEET

Speaker: Jason Wing
Text: Heb 2:10-18
Date: July 4th- 5th, 2015
Theme: Hebrews

reminders:

Anthologies
Anthologies tells our stories as they tell God’s story. If you have a story to share of God’s work; whether, it’s testimony, missional, everyday life, new creation, etc, please visit our page: apexanthologies.com, and fill out the form under the “contact” page. Questions? E- mail: anthologies@apexcommunity.org
Frontline
At our gatherings, we want the gospel to shape everything. One of those things is a welcome and warm environment. While we’re all called to participate in this, Frontline is a team of volunteers who specifically seek to demonstrate hospitality and a warm welcome to everyone coming to the gatherings. If you’d like to serve, e-mail: gathering@apexcommunity.org.

recap:

BIG IDEA: Why did Jesus become human enough to suffer and die?
Because it made Him:
1. Perfect for the task of saving his family. (vs. 10- 11)
2. Victorious in the task of defeating his enemy. (vs. 14-15).
3. Merciful in the task of becoming our high priest. (vs17-18).

respond:

For conversation and prayer:
1. The incarnation of Jesus is an indispensable doctrine of the Christian faith. This text captures a wide angle on what all was accomplished in Jesus’ incarnation. Namely, it not only meant that he could suffer, but it meant that he would suffer (v10). This is one of the things that make the Gospel unique. Christ is the founder of Christianity, not because he tells humans how to avoid suffering, but because He willingly suffered as a human. The suffering of Christ shows us that God is not ignorant or absent from our suffering. Rather, he’s entirely aware of what it is like.
- Why is it encouraging for us to know that the “found of our salvation” suffered like us as he suffered for us?
- How can this encourage others who don’t believe the gospel?
2. Jesus’ victory in his death is unlike anything in history. Throughout time, those who sought to claim victory over death thought they should wield it against others, or thought they could escape it. Jesus is victorious over death- and the one who has power of death- not by wielding it like a sword, but by coming under the sword of death. The author says Jesus destroyed the devil through death, and thus delivers us from fear of death.
- What are reasons we fear death?
- How can we look at the death of Jesus and be reminded that death, though an enemy, does not have victory?
3. The author ends by seeing Jesus as our ‘high priest’. Throughout the story of Scripture, priests were human representatives for God’s people. The problem was that because they needed forgiveness of sin. Jesus, tempted in every way as we are, never sinned. Jesus is our faithful high priest who suffered and was tempted, so he can help us when we’re tempted.

Recommended Resources
An Exposition of Hebrews by AW Pink
Hebrews for Everyone by NT Wright

Hebrews 2:5-9

RESHEET

Speaker: Rob Turner
Text: Heb 2:5-9
Date: June 27th-28th, 2015 Theme: Hebrews

reminders:

Anthologies
Anthologies tells our stories as they tell God’s story. If you have a story to share of God’s work; whether, it’s testimony, missional, everyday life, new creation, etc, please visit our page: apexanthologies.com, and fill out the form under the “contact” page. Questions? E- mail: anthologies@apexcommunity.org
VBS
There are still supplies and resources needed that you can donate for VBS this summer. Visit the Family Ministry check-in area, and connect with a volunteer for more information and opportunities.

recap:

BIG IDEA: Our ultimate and eternal purpose is provided by the death of Jesus.
God’s:
1. Imposed boundaries on Angels (vs5)
2. Original intent for humankind (vs6-8)
3. Dreadful verdict of humanity (vs8b)
4. Humble & horrific sacrifice for humanity (vs9)

response:

For conversation and prayer:
1. Lesslie Newbigin wrote, “Our conception of what it means to be humans comes from our understanding of the human story.” What the Bible says about mankind is utterly unique. It doesn’t say what our dominate culture says; namely, that we’re either the greatest thing (self-esteemism) or complete wastes of space (naturalism/atheism). It says we’re made by God, so we’re creatures- we’re not greater than our Creator. And, we’re image bearers of God. He has made us the pinnacle of His creation. The author of Hebrews, establishing the humanity of the founder of salvation, reminds us of what it means to be human by referring to Psalm 8:4-6.
- Why is it important for us to have a biblical understanding of what it means to be human?
- Why is it important to see how differing views of what it means to be human affect our understanding of who Jesus is and what He’s done?
2. We’re reminded to be humbled by our finiteness, and yet confident in God’s original intent for mankind (vs6-8).
- What is so humbling about God’s fatherly care of us?
It is a baffling notion that God not only looks after us, but is mindful of us.
- Have you ever been baffled by the fact that the God of Creation cares about us?
3. When we look to Jesus, we see the One who is mankind’s representative. Everything will one day come under His subjection. It is through his death that we see He is crowned with the glory and honor due humanity (v7).
- Why is it important to not only see Jesus is God dying for us, but see Jesus is the perfect human representative?

Recommended Resources
An Exposition of Hebrews by AW Pink
Hebrews for Everyone by NT Wright

Hebrews 2:1-4

RESHEET

Speaker: Jason Wing
Text: Heb 2:1-4
Date: June 20th- 21st, 2015
Theme: Hebrews

reminders:

Anthologies
Anthologies tells our stories as they tell God’s story. If you have a story to share of God’s work; whether, it’s testimony, missional, everyday life, new creation, etc, please visit our page: apexanthologies.com, and fill out the form under the “contact” page. Questions? E- mail: anthologies@apexcommunity.org
VBS
There are still supplies and resources needed that you can donate for VBS this summer. Visit the Family Ministry check-in area, and connect with a volunteer for more information and opportunities.

recap:

BIG IDEA: When you realize the greatness of your salvation, you’ll choose to be close to your Saviour.

1. Why is the message of salvation so great? vs. 3-4
2. How are we to respond to it? vs. 1-3
3. What happens if we don’t? vs. 1-3

respond:

For conversation and prayer:
1. The author of Hebrews begins to move from pointing to the history wide and cosmically large preeminence of Jesus, to how we ought to live in light of it. They write that we’re to “pay close attention to what we have heard...”.We often think the Gospel of Christ as the news that gets our foot in the door of the Christian life. Once we’re inside, we move onto other things. But the author here tells us to be close attention to what we’ve heard. We’re to be diligent and constant in our thinking through and on the Gospel. It isn’t something to pay intellectual homage to and move on.
- What sorts of things in life do you pay close attention to? - Why do we often think the gospel isn’t worth paying close attention to?
2. There’s a huge slippery slope that can begin if we don’t pay careful attention to the gospel. The author of Hebrews writes, “...lest we drift away from it.” The word drift gives us the image of a piece of wood, slowly floating away from shore. It isn’t sudden, but over time you find the wood farther and farther. We can be like that with the Gospel. If we allow other things and people to become good news, and stop meditating on the gospel, we can slowly, but surely drift away from the gospel.
- Given the danger of “drifting away”, how can community be essential in helping us not do this?
- In what ways is it easy for us, when we’re on our own, to drive away?
3. Lastly, the author reminds us of the source of the Gospel. Not only have angels pronounced it, but it was declared “first by the Lord...while God also bore witness by signs and wonders...” (vs3-4)
- What does it say about the author of the Gospel if we insist on not paying close attention to it?

Recommended Resources
The Doctrine of the Word of God by John Frame
An Exposition of Hebrews by AW Pink
Hebrews for Everyone by NT Wright

Hebrews 1:5-14

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Speaker: Jeff Thompson
Text: Heb 1: 5-14
Date: June 13-14th, 2015
Theme: Hebrews

reminders:

Anthologies
Anthologies tells our stories as they tell God’s story. If you have a story to share of God’s work; whether, it’s testimony, missional, everyday life, new creation, etc, please visit our page: apexanthologies.com, and fill out the form under the “contact” page. Questions? E- mail: anthologies@apexcommunity.org
World Refugee Day
World Refugee Day is Saturday, June 20 from 1-5pm at McIntosh Park. The nations are here. For more details, email: going@apexcommunity.org

recap:

BIG IDEA: The Lordship of Jesus is revealed throughout all reality.

1. The Sonship of Christ is revealed in His authority over angels.
2. The Supremacy of Christ is revealed through the authority of His Inspired Word.
3. The Sovereignty of Christ is revealed through His authority over all creation.
Recommended Resources

respond:

For conversation and prayer:
1. If you can’t tell yet, Jesus is soaked through every word of Scripture- specifically this first chapter of Hebrews. The author is intentionally making it impossible for us to think about anything without thinking about Jesus. Whether it’s the heavenly realm, the revealed Word of God, or an aspect of creation, we are thrust into the beauty, complexity, and wonder of the Son of God.
- What aspects of Christ’s Lordship- Sonship, Supremacy, and Sovereignty- do you need to believe right now?
- Which of these aspects are a great encouragement to you? Tell a story about when either of these aspects encouraged, confronted, and helped you.
2. It’s nearly impossible to have a thriving relationship with Jesus without at some time wrestling with one of these truths. They’re big, weighty, and often times difficult to get our heads- and hearts- around. But, when we think about them and allow them to become good news to us, we begin to live out lives out of these truths.
- What does it look like to believe that Jesus’ Sonship is good news?
- What about His Supremacy?
- Why is the sovereignty of Christ good news for us?
3. As we finish chapter 1 of Hebrews, the message is clear: Jesus is Lord of all. Without this truth even considered can we move forward throughout this letter with honesty and integrity. The Lordship of Jesus is one of the most precious truths of the Gospel. If He isn’t Lord, reigning over all, then He isn’t our Savior, who brings us into life with God the way it ought to be.
- How would you talk with a nonbeliever about the good news of Jesus’ Lordship?


Recommended Resources
The Doctrine of the Word of God by John Frame
An Exposition of Hebrews by AW Pink
Hebrews for Everyone by NT Wright

Hebrews 1:3-4

RESHEET

Speaker: Jason Wing
Text: Heb 1: 3-4
Date: June 6th & 7th, 2015
Theme: Hebrews

reminders:

Anthologies
Anthologies tells our stories as they tell God’s story. If you have a story to share of God’s work; whether, it’s testimony, missional, everyday life, new creation, etc, please visit our page: apexanthologies.com, and fill out the form under the “contact” page. Questions? E- mail: anthologies@apexcommunity.org
World Refugee Day
World Refugee Day is Saturday, June 20 from 1-5pm at McIntosh Park. The nations are here. For more details, email: going@apexcommunity.org

recap:

BIG IDEA: CHRIST DOESN’T BECOME BIGGER AS WE GROW... BUT WE SEE HIM AS BIGGER AS WE GROW
5 More Big Ways to See Jesus
1. as the shining radiance of the Father’s glory (v3)
2. as the exact representation of the Father’s nature (v3)
3. as the sustaining governor of the universe (v3) 4. as the cleansing saviour of our sin (v3)
5. as the supreme ruler of all (v4)

respond:

For conversation and prayer:
1. It’s important to know Jesus historically. Many wildly miss the complexity and severity of his claims about Himself. Jesus was a historical figure whose claims don’t afford us the opportunity to evade Him. Once we’ve come to Him, it’s as if a curtain is pulled back to show the depth of who He is theologically. This is what the author of Hebrew is doing. His readers have received Jesus as God incarnate. Now, the author takes them into the depths of who He is. Read Hebrews 1:1-4. List out everything the author identifies about Jesus.
- Are you able to come away from vs 1-4 and say he is merely a teacher, wise sage, moral guide, or just a person?
2. The author says Jesus is both “the radiance of the glory of God”, and the “exact imprint of his nature”. Think of the words “radiance” and “exact” in relation to the phrases they modify. The author says Jesus isn’t just the glory of God, but is the glory of God unleashed, shining forth, like the radiance of the sun bursting through clouds. Also, the author doesn’t say Jesus is the “imprint”, but the “exact imprint.”
- Why are these phrases important as we consider the person of Christ? Is it possible, based on these texts, to be bored with Jesus?
3. The author says Jesus is superior to angels (v4). The original audience saw angels as important and necessary beings. They were messengers who brought elements of God’s purposes to His people. To say Jesus was superior to angels was a deliberate way to say, “Don’t confuse the ministry of angels (though it was important) with Jesus’ ministry (which is more important).
- Consider our culture’s fascination with the angelic realm and heaven (current books on visiting it). How can we show our culture today that Jesus is still superior to these things?

Recommended Resources
The Doctrine of the Word of God by John Frame
An Exposition of Hebrews by AW Pink
Hebrews for Everyone by NT Wright

Hebrews 1:1-2

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Speaker: Rob Turner
Text: Heb 1: 1-2
Date:May 30th-31st,2015
Theme: Hebrews

reminders:

Anthologies
Anthologies tells our stories as they tell God’s story. If you have a story to share of God’s work; whether, it’s testimony, missional, everyday life, new creation, etc, please visit our page: apexanthologies.com, and fill out the form under the “contact” page. Questions? E- mail: anthologies@apexcommunity.org
Frontline
Frontline is a ministry that seeks to lovingly welcome others into our gatherings. Motivated by the gospel, we serve at the Help Desk, lobby doors, and parking lot. We invite you to be a part of a team! E-mail: gathering@apexcommunity.org, for more info.

recap:

BIG IDEA: God’s creation, authority, and communication are supremely displayed through Jesus.
1. Jesus is God’s agent of creation.
2. Jesus is God’s authority over creation.
3. Jesus is God’s articulation toward creation.
- The spiritual ecosystem that grows our maturity in Christ is prayer, community, and Scripture.
Recommended Resources
The Doctrine of the Word of God by John Frame An Exposition of Hebrews by AW Pink
Hebrews for Everyone by NT Wright

respond:

For conversation and prayer:
1. The letter starts out with a confession of the authority, clarity, and source of those texts (v1). It says God spoke by the prophets. The writer emphasizes that it was “at many times and in many ways”. Then, the writer says about Jesus, “God has spoken to us by His Son”. Notice the finality and particularity in that phrase with the words “spoken” and “by His Son”. While the author affirms God’s revelation throughout history via the prophets, he uses it to set up the reality that Christ is the way God has revealed Himself with finality and uniqueness.
- Do you see it as God’s revelation or man’s creation?
- Do you see Jesus as the final and supreme revelation of God’s character?
- What happens if we have a view toward either that differs with Scripture?
2. Many see Jesus a teacher, philanthropist, spiritual guru, etc. The testimony of the Scriptures, which was the early church’s, is that Jesus is the incarnate Son of God. Other religions have leaders that say, “Look at my teaching for revelation. Look at where my wisdom points to see God.” Jesus, along with the NT, says, “Look at Jesus to see revelation.” The testimony of the Bible cannot mesh with the testimony of other religions on either the location of revelation or about Jesus.
- Why is it important for us to be careful in how we talk about Jesus in pluralist culture?
3. The Bible says all of creation exists because of Jesus. Not only is Jesus the most clear and final revelation of God in the middle of history, but all of history also exists because of Jesus. This means that Jesus is not only a “character” in the story of God, but He is also the “Author”.
- What does it mean to see in Jesus both the main character and author of the world’s story?