The book of Hebrews is an interesting book. There are some things we don't know for sure about it.
1. We don't know for sure who wrote it.
2. We aren't for sure exactly who the recipients of the book were as well.
While we're not able to know these details, it doesn't mean that we can't know anything. The truth is, we can learn and know a lot from this inspired book.
1. We can know that it's possible for Christians to leave Christ.
2. We can know that we all need encouragement from time to time.
3. We can know that it's good for Christians to be warned about their spiritual condition. Consider what the Hebrew writer said in a number of passages.
Hebrews 2:1" "We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away."
Hebrews 3:7-8: "So, as the Holy Spirit says, 'Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion..."
Hebrews 5:11: "We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn."
Hebrews 10:26: "If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left..."
Hebrews 12:25: "See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven?"
Just as the saints in the first century needed to take these warnings seriously, so do we.
There are a variety of ways one can reach out to the community and share the gospel.
1. One can post sermons or articles on Facebook. That's a good thing to do.
2. You can purchase a newspaper ad inviting the community to sit in on a Bible study. That's good as well.
3. You can begin a neighborhood Bible study. There is certainly nothing wrong with that.
4. You could write write religious articles for a newspaper. Earlier this year, I was able to write an article about the resurrection of Jesus in one of our local newspaper.
All of these tactics are really good. Yet there is something very important to remember.
Evangelism is Personal.
Personal Evangelism must be Personal.
As we seek to invite other and welcome people who visit our congregation, let's remember that eventually things must become personal. Here's what I mean by that. We will need to get personal and ask someone if they would like to have a Bible study. We will need to get personal and sit down with someone face to face. We will need to get personal and answer tough questions people will have. Evangelism is personal in nature. While we can do things as a congregation (like a Bible class on Evangelism), eventually it must become personal. We must make the decision to talk, share, and study with others.
Let's make it personal. Great things will happen when we do.
God Bless. Don't forget that Jesus loves you.
I’ve been in QUESTION MODE. When I see people doing something well, I begin to get curious. I want to know more.
- What’s their secret?
- What advice are they willing to share?
- What I might be able to modify in my life?
The last few weeks I’ve had an opportunity to talk to some people who have been married for a LOONNG TIME. My wife and I will be married 15 years this month.
Marriage has changed a lot in our country and the world for that matter. But my standard is what’s found in the scriptures. In the beginning…Genesis 1:1. God set the standards for what marriage is supposed to look like way before the nation of Israel was established, and way before Christianity was established. One man and one woman for life, Genesis 2:21-24. That’s not as popular, but I believe it to be the standard.
So I asked some couples recently who have been married for over 40 years some questions. Here’s what I learned.
- For Men: Put your wife on a pedestal. Treat her like a queen.
- For Men and Women: One man I spoke to said that his parents couldn’t keep their hands off of each other. That’s some good advice right there. Keep the passion burning.
- For Men: Your wife is always right! There have been plenty of times where I should have listened to my wife MORE. It didn’t serve me well when I didn’t.
- For Women: Always give 110%. That’s what a lady told my wife last night. She mentioned how so many give up too quickly when it comes to marriage.
Marriage is a blessing from God. Let's enjoy what God has given us.
The book of Proverbs is designed to help us to LEARN and LIVE so we don't have to LIVE and LEARN. There are so many things to learn from the book of Proverbs. Here are a few Proverbs to consider.
The way of the lazy is as a hedge of thorns, But the path of the upright is a highway.
Don’t Be LAZY!
All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives.
We can fool ourselves but we can’t fool God.
The beginning of strife is like letting out water, So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.
Avoid disasters when you can!
He who gives an answer before he hears, It is folly and shame to him.
Be careful how you listen.
What is desirable in a man is his kindness, And it is better to be a poor man than a liar.
WOW, that’s really powerful!
Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, And whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.
I haven’t a drink in about 20 years. I don’t miss it. It never brought me anything good. Stay away from it.
It is better to live in a corner of a roof than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
Be careful who you marry!
A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.
Guard your reputation!
Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat; For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe one with rags.
Be careful who you associate with in life.
Prepare your work outside and make it ready for yourself in the field; Afterwards, then, build your house.
Have a game plan and then execute. Be patient!
Let your foot rarely be in your neighbor’s house, or he will become weary of you and hate you.
Don’t wear out your welcome! WOW, I think this is something to think about with respect to social media. Too much is not a good thing.
Like one who takes a dog by the ears is he who passes by and meddles with strife not belonging to him.
I may need to consider this one more.
Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.
We don’t know what the future holds. Only God does.
He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.
Confession is good for the soul.
The righteous is concerned for the rights of the poor, The wicked does not understand such concern.
God has always been concerned for all people.
Two things I asked of You, Do not refuse me before I die: Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion, That I not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the LORD?” Or that I not be in want and steal, And profane the name of my God.
A powerful prayer that I need to pray more often.
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. The heart of her husband trusts in her, And he will have no lack of gain. She does him good and not evil All the days of her life.
One of the great chapters talking about a worthy woman.
“There is one who PRETENDS to be rich, but has nothing. Another PRETENDS to be poor, but has great wealth.
This passage made me think about the book “The millionaire next door.” There are plenty of people who live regular lives (at least by the standards of many) but who are really millionaires. They don’t flash what they have. They don’t brag.
But then there are those who like to put on a show. We’ve heard about plenty of people like this. They want others to see them as rich, when they are BROKE. Don’t be deceived. Don’t compare yourselves to others. You may be getting upset that you don’t have as much as someone else, when in reality you may actually have MORE.
Enjoy what you have. Enjoy your life. Be wise. Save. Work hard. Listen to the Proverbs. Learn and live.