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NOTE: This sermon is part 7 and 8 of a 8 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.
Part 7: Discipline - Who Needs It?
Series: Keep the Faith
The contemporary debate on discipline has led to a dramatic decrease in child abuse and an equally dramatic increase in ill-disciplined children and many attendant social ills. But we must understand the significant role discipline plays in spiritual experience.
I. Insight Into the "Struggles" Being Experienced. v. 4
A. The "sin" factor must not be overlooked.
1. Sin that "entangled" creates problems.
2. "Sinful men" create "struggles."
B. "The "struggles" (lit. boxing) can deal heavy blows.
C. But the "Hebrews" have not suffered as the martyrs or Christ suffered!
II. Connection Between "Hardships" Endured and "Discipline" Accepted. vv. 5-11
A. A principle - "Endure hardship as discipline." v. 7
1. Discipline in Hebrew thought - see Deuteronomy 21:18f, Proverbs 13:24.
2. Discipline in Greek (Greek paideia - pais child) = education, training.
Part 8: Faith Requires More than a Little Effort
Series: Keep the Faith
The letter to the Hebrews, as is common with New Testament epistles, having dealt with many deep theological issues, is brought to a conclusion with many essential, practical instructions. A healthy reminder that faith is not just a matter of belief - it involves behavior too.
I. Faith Expressed in Work. vv. 14-17
A. Make every effort (Greek diokete: pursue with intensity). v. 14
1. To live at "peace" with all people. (See Romans 12; 18.)
2. To "be holy" - live as someone who has been "set apart."
a. Initial sanctification.
b. Progressive sanctification.
c. Ultimate sanctification.
d. Necessary to enter God's presence.
B. Accept responsibility (Greek episkopountes) for:
1. Seeing no-one - yourself included - misses out on available grace. v. 15
2. Helping people who are becoming "bitter" and affecting others.
3. Instructing those whose lifestyle is immoral - e.g. sexually. v. 16
4. Warning those who treat "scared things" lightly and casually, e.g. Esau, who
discovered he'd passed the point of no return.
II. Faith Expressed in Wonder. vv. 18-24
A. Wonder at the contrast of law (Sinai: 18-21) and grace (Zion: 22-24).