Feb 23, 2020
If You Leave, No One Can Bring You Back
Continuing in our Hebrews series, Troy covers chapter 6 with the author’s warning that if we actively and adamantly oppose Jesus, no one can bring us to a point of turning around and deciding to follow Him again. No one, that is, except for ourselves. Even if we reach that point of leaving the faith and not wanting to return, we are not without hope. Even though no one can force us to come back, we do still have a choice, and we are never beyond the reach of God’s forgiveness and salvation.
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  • Feb 23, 2020If You Leave, No One Can Bring You Back
    Feb 23, 2020
    If You Leave, No One Can Bring You Back
    Continuing in our Hebrews series, Troy covers chapter 6 with the author’s warning that if we actively and adamantly oppose Jesus, no one can bring us to a point of turning around and deciding to follow Him again. No one, that is, except for ourselves. Even if we reach that point of leaving the faith and not wanting to return, we are not without hope. Even though no one can force us to come back, we do still have a choice, and we are never beyond the reach of God’s forgiveness and salvation.
  • Feb 9, 2020Don’t Be a Baby! (Onward to Maturity)
    Feb 9, 2020
    Don’t Be a Baby! (Onward to Maturity)
    Continuing in our series through the book of Hebrews, Bud covers chapter 5 and draws a comparison between biological and spiritual maturity. When children are treated like children, it makes perfect sense, but when grown-ups still need to be dealt with as though they were children, there's something very wrong. In the same way, all of us who follow Jesus need to grow spiritually to the point that others need not treat us as infants in the faith.
  • Feb 2, 2020Finding Rest in the One Who Understands
    Feb 2, 2020
    Finding Rest in the One Who Understands
    Continuing in our Hebrews series, Troy covers chapter 4 and points out that Jesus knows exactly what it’s like to walk in our shoes, because He walked in them, too. He knows our pain and suffering and weaknesses; He knows what it’s like to face all kinds of temptation. And He has a genuine compassion for us, not as someone who knows about suffering from the outside, but as one who entered into our suffering and made it His own. Troy also reminds us that prayer is powerful, and because of what Jesus has done for us, we can approach God with confidence, anytime and anyplace, and know that God will help us, and the other people for whom we pray.
  • Jan 26, 2020Is Your House Still Being Built?
    Jan 26, 2020
    Is Your House Still Being Built?
    For this week’s installment in our Hebrews series, Troy considers the idea that our struggle with faith is not always based on God showing (or not showing) Himself. After all, the very people who witnessed the ten plagues on Egypt, the crossing of the Red Sea, and the awesome year of events at Mt. Sinai, actually turned away from God with sinful, unbelieving, hard hearts. In addition, a few of Jesus’ original disciples, who had just spent three years watching Him perform miracles and even rise from the dead, are the ones referred to in a verse that says, “some doubted.” Perhaps it’s not an issue of evidence or lack of evidence. Maybe we see what we want to see.
  • Jan 19, 2020The Greatest Who Became the Least
    Jan 19, 2020
    The Greatest Who Became the Least
    Continuing in our series through the book of Hebrews, Chad talks about our actions and how they should match our beliefs. If our actions do not match what we believe, how does that look to the outside world? If we believe Heaven is real and we know that hell is real, too, do we live that in that truth and love people as though Heaven and hell are real?
  • Jan 12, 2020The Undefeated Champion of the World
    Jan 12, 2020
    The Undefeated Champion of the World
    Troy kicks off our new series through the book of Hebrews, a letter written to inspire perseverance in weary Christians who were thinking about abandoning Jesus for their old lives. Specifically, Troy covers the first few verses of Hebrews chapter 1, where we find a comparison between the partial and the complete. In the past, God shared tiny bits of His message with various people in a wide variety of ways, that were all partial. By contrast, the message that Jesus brought was full and final. Jesus showed us fully what God is like. He stood before us.