Impossible

Pastor Jay continues the series on Hebrews with this week’s sermon “Impossible” from Hebrews 6:4-8.

Hebrews 6:4-8 (ESV)

For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.

There is a falling away from Christ from which you don’t come back.

  • Impossible
  • What kind of person falls away?
  • Why it’s impossible.
  • A parable.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What happens when you choose to walk away from someone or something?
  • Why should we choose to never walk away from God and our faith in Him
  • How is it difficult to return to God after we choose to walk away from Him?
  • What does God promise to do for us in the end if we trust in and follow Him?

Lackadaisical Spirituality

Pastor Jay continues the series on Hebrews with this week’s sermon “Lackadaisical Spirituality” from Hebrews 5:11-6:3.

Hebrews 5:11-6:3 (ESV)

About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 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, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

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, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.

Don’t become lackadaisical about your spiritual progress.

  • You don’t want to be a spiritual baby.
    • spiritually incurious
    • useless
    • infantile
    • unskilled in the word of righteousness.
  • You want to be mature.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Name some things that are you passionate about.
  • How would you describe someone who is lazy?
  • What will happen if you are lazy and care little about your spiritual growth?
  • What does God say will happen if we are growing in our relationship with Him?

Haiti Response – Skip it to Give it!

UPDATE: Check out Star of Hope’s campaign page here: www.starofhope.us/skip.

You have probably seen the images of devastation in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew. A country that was still in some ways recovering from the 2010 earthquake has been dealt another crippling blow. Thousands of people face a truly desperate situation with no way to meet their family’s most basic needs.

As followers of Christ, we are compelled to respond in love to those who are hurting. But the problem can seem overwhelming. What can one person do against such overwhelming needs? Or we get asked for help so often that we become fatigued, or unsure who to trust. That’s why Grace is rolling out a simple concept to respond to the urgent need in Haiti, called “Skip it to Give it.”

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Here’s the plan: for the rest this month, choose one or more discretionary expenses to skip, and give the money you would have spent on those expenses to the Haiti relief effort. It’s an acknowledgement that we can give up some “unnecessary” things so that others have a chance to get their most basic needs met. The church will get the money to our trusted partners for emergency relief items such as food packages ($50/family), livestock ($70 for a goat), metal roofing sheets ($20 each), school books ($4), and water bags ($0.05 each). Together we can make a big difference!

Here are some tools and suggestions to get you started:

  1. Pray for the people of Haiti and the workers who are providing relief in Jesus’ name.
  2. Print out this bookmark as a reminder of the need and your commitment.
  3. Share your participation on social media. Use the hashtag #skiptogive
  4. Bring your money to the church, or you can donate directly to Star of Hope by texting “matthew” to 71777.

Below is a video from our partner ministry Star of Hope. Please watch it, share, and pray for the work of the Church in responding to this need.

 

Checking the Reviews

Pastor Jay continues the series on Hebrews with this week’s sermon “Checking the Reviews” from Hebrews 5:1-10.

Hebrews 5:1-10 (ESV)

For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people. And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.

So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”;

as he says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”

In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.

Jesus is the best high priest.

  • He has the basic features of a high priest.
    • He is chosen from among men on behalf of men.
    • He offers a sacrifice for their sins.
    • He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward.
    • He is obligated to offer a sacrifice for his own sins.
    • He is called by God.
  • He was appointed with unique features of a high priest.
    • He was appointed as a son.
    • He is a priest forever as Melchizedek.
  • He was made to be a perfect high priest.
  • He was made the high priest of eternal salvation.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What does it mean to be called by God?
  • How is Jesus similar to other high priests?
  • What sets Jesus apart from other high priests?
  • What has Jesus been made the high priest of?

Hold Fast

Pastor Jay continues the series on Hebrews with this week’s sermon “Hold Fast” from Hebrews 4:14-16.

Hebrews 4:14-16 (ESV)

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

We have every reason to hold onto our confession.

Because we have a great high priest.

  • Because he passed through the heavens.
  • Because he is the Son of God.
  • Because he is able to sympathize with our weaknesses.
  • Because through Him we may draw near to the throne of grace.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Is it difficult to stand up for something that you believe in? Why or why not?
  • Who does the Bible say that Jesus is in this passage of Scripture?
  • How is Jesus able to sympathize with everything that we deal with?
  • Who has made it possible to draw close to God?

Dillons Community Rewards

dillons-rewards-130702_640x320Want an easy way to give to Grace Community Church without changing anything you are doing? Simply enroll your Dillons PLUS card in their “Community Rewards” program, designate our organization number (47307), and a portion of your sales will be donated to the church.community-rewards-instructions

Below is a “how-to” document we put together with more information. Please contact Pastor Jon if you have any questions. Thanks!

Download: Community Rewards Instructions.pdf

Heart-Vulnerable

Pastor Jay continues the series on Hebrews with this week’s sermon “Heart-Vulnerable” from Hebrews 4:11-13.

Hebrews 4:11-13 (ESV)

Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

Embrace being heart-vulnerable before God.

  • Because entering his rest is a matter of our hearts.
  • Because the word of God exposes our hearts.
  • Because God sees our hearts.
  • Because we will give an account for our hearts.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Is it easy or difficult for you to be open and honest with others? Why?
  • How does the Bible describe the word of God in these verses?
  • How well does God know us?
  • Why is God able to know us and our hearts so well?