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lesson 8

 

DILIGENCE PRODUCES HOPE

 

I.TEXTUAL THOUGHTS

††††††††††††††† 1.Ephesians 4:11-13 - Teachers are needed to edify the church

††††††††††††††† 2.2 Timothy 2:15 - We need to study to use Godís word properly

††††††††††††††† 3.Hebrews 10:23-29 - We need to hold fast to Jesus without wavering

††††††††††††††† 4.1 John 2:15-17 - We must not love the world and its wrongful desires

††††††††††††††† 5.2 Peter 2:18-22 - It is possible to rebel against God and be lost eternally

 

II.MAIN THEME:Hebrews 5:12-6:20 - We need to grow up from the elementary doctrines and become mature,doing the good works that accompany salvation, learning to be more like Christ.God cannot lie, and He has sworn by an oath that He would bless the offspring of Abraham, who we are by faith.

††††††††††††††† 1.We need to grow up - verses 5:12-14

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a.so that we can become teachers - verse 12; Eph 4:11-13; 2 Tim 2:2; James 3:1-2

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† b.by studying Godís word - verses 13-14; 2 Tim 2:15; 3:14-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21

††††††††††††††† 2.We need to go on to completeness - verses 6:1-2

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a.by leaving the discussion of elementary principles - verse 1;

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† b.by growing toward completeness - verse 1; Eph 4:13; James 1:2-8, 25; 1 Pet 5:8-10

††††††††††††††† 3.Because if we do not grow up we may fall away - verses 4-6

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a.when one has already been enlightened, and tasted the heavenly gift - verses 4-5, 2 Peter 2:20

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† b.and turns back to the world - verse 6; 1 John 2:15-17

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† c.it may be impossible to get them to repent - verse 6; 1 Tim 1:18-20; Heb 10:23-29; 2 Pet 2:18-22

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† d.since they have rejected Jesus and His word - verse 6; 1 Thes 4:1-8; Matt 12:31-32;

††††††††††††††† 4.We need to bear fruit in Godís service - verses 7-10

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a.because a blessed field is one that bears good fruit - verse 7; Matt 7:16-21; John 15:2-8; Gal 5:22-25

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† b.because good works accompany salvation - verse 9-10; Phil 2:12-16; 2 Thes 2:13-15; Eph 2:10;

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Titus 2:14; 3:8; 1 Tim 6:18-19

††††††††††††††† 5.We inherit the promise through faith and patience - verses 11-12

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a.by being faithful till death - verse 11; Rev 2:10; 2 Tim 4:8

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† b.by imitating the faith of others - verse 12; 1 Cor 11:1, Hebrews 12:1-2

††††††††††††††† 6.Godís promise is certain, because of Godís nature - verses 13-20

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† a.God made a promise to Abraham - verses 13-14; Gen 12:1-3; 22:16-18

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† b.Abraham received the promise after patient endurance- verse 15; Rev 2:10

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† c.The promise and the vow made the blessing certain, because God cannot lie - verses 16-18

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† d.We are heirs of that promise by faith - verse 19; Gal 3:6-14

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† e.Because Jesus is there to intercede for us - verse 20; Heb 10:19-25;

 

III.PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

††††††††††††††† 1.We need to establish our faith through trials and suffering before becoming teachers - Hebrews 5:14; 6:9-10

††††††††††††††††††††† 2 Tim 2:2; 1 Peter 1:5-7

††††††††††††††† 2.A teacher must understand the power of God and learn to trust His power - Heb 6:14-19; 2 Cor 1:8-11; 12:9

††††††††††††††† 3.There are immature and mature teachings in the Bible, and we need to learn to grow beyond the immature or

†††††††††††††††††††† elementary principles - Hebrews 5:12-14; 6:1-2; 1 Tim 4:4-7, 12-16; 6:3-5; 2 Tim 3:10-12, 16-17; 4:3-4;

††††††††††††††††††††† Titus 1:7-9; 2:1-14; 2 Jn 1:6-11 (mature doctrine relates to how we live our lives as Christians)

††††††††††††††† 4.It is possible for a child of God to sin so as to be lost eternally - Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:23-27; Rev 3:5; John 5:14-17

††††††††††††††††††††† 2 Peter 2:20-22; Acts 8:21-22

††††††††††††††† 5.It is impossible for any power outside us to take us away from God's love and protection - Hebrews 6:19;

††††††††††††††††††††† Romans 8:34-39; 1 Cor 10:13

 

IV:MEMORY VERSES - Hebrews 6:19-20

 

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