Bible Study Schedule

Our new study begins next Wednesday, October 8th at 6:00PM Arizona time. Our 10 week study is entitled: Biblical Marriage: How can my marriage thrive in a 21st century business world? 

This study will take us through the end of the year. The study schedule for the next three sessions are listed below:

Study Schedule 9/10/14 through 12/31/14

10/1/14             No Study (Travel break)

10/8/14             Biblical Marriage: Can my marriage thrive in a 21st century business world?

10/15/14            Biblical Marriage

10/22/14            Biblical Marriage

10/29/14            Biblical Marriage

11/5/14             Biblical Marriage

11/12/14            Biblical Marriage

11/19/14            Biblical Marriage

11/26/14            No Study (Thanksgiving break)

12/3/14             Biblical Marriage

12/10/14            Biblical Marriage

12/17/14            Biblical Marriage (Final study on marriage)

12/24/14            No study (Christmas break)

12/31/14            No study (News Years break)

Study Schedule for the start of 2015 

Beginning January 7th – A Balanced Life: How do I properly value all areas of life? (3 Weeks)

Beginning January 28th – Servant-Leadership: The call of business ownership to “shepherd” their employees (4 weeks)

All start times will be 6:00PM Arizona time.

Teaching Outline Week 40 (Final Lesson on Hebrews)

The Joy in Responsibility

(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews)

Commentary

Savoring God

Hebrews 13:17-25 

Outline 

I can only imagine what it was like the day when this letter was read to the church for the very first time. No doubt, it was read in its entirety to the eager listening gathering of Christians. No doubt, it had a profound impact on the lives of those in the gathering; especially those still living that had witnessed the agony of the cross and experienced the thrill of the resurrection.

What has taken 40 weeks for us to study together, most likely only took 40 minutes for the first hears to take in. I pray that the final words of the letter, commonly known as the benediction, will have the same impact on us as it did to those of the first century.

After all, the benediction speaks of the God of peace. As we have studied together these last 40 weeks, we understand how our author worships God as absolute to creation and redemption. He calls us to draw near to God and rejoice.

God cannot be taken for granted. If anything has value, it has value because of God. Like our author, we worship God, the highest value in all creation. We know in a very objective way that Jesus Christ is Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, Shepherd, Priest and King! As the letter comes to a close, we in one accord can add our Amen to all that has been said.

Two Brief Acknowledgements  

Make Relationships with Leaders Beneficial (vs 17-18)

Obey & Pray

Find Grace in the Word (vs 22-25)

Main Idea

May the God of peace… (vs 20)

Purification for sins (1:3)

Propitiation of sins (2:17)

Sacrifice for sins (5:1)

Forgiveness of sins (9:22)

Bearing the sins of many (9:28)

Take away sins (10:4)

Offering for sin (10:19)

Blood of the Eternal Covenant (vs 20)

Covenant keeping – Promise keeping God (8:8-12)

Brought again Jesus from the dead

Sanctifying Shepherd (vs 20 -21)

Equip you with everything good

Working in us that which is pleasing

LIFE APPLICATION 

Joy in Responsibility

Live as if you have the tools to accomplish your calling

ALL of life is the Gospel and it’s pleasing to God

Teaching Outline Week 39

The Joy in Responsibility

(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews)

Commentary

Strength by Grace

Hebrews 13:7-16 

Outline 

Our author has presented a number of examples of the faithful and the faithless in this love letter. Be like the faithful who ran the endurance race all the way to the appointed end well. Don’t be like faithless Israel as they grumbled in the wilderness longing to return to Egypt.  As we come to the letter’s end and the final two lessons, we are encouraged to imitate our preachers and teachers that have died well. Even though our author may not be limiting our heroes of the faith to dead people, the request is that we consider the “outcome” of their life of faith. Therefore it could be suggested that most of your study of the faithful be of those who have died but their faithful life is preaching and teaching still.

It is encouraging to learn of our leaders that grew in faith to the very end of their days. However, we have a perfect example in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. Our earthly leaders come and go, but Jesus is unaffected by mortality. Nothing hinders our perfect leader from providing counsel, encouragement and strength by His Grace. With these examples, we should not be easily led astray by strange teachings.

It is good for the heart to be strengthened by Grace. This Grace is available only by the blood of our perfect sacrifice, namely Jesus. The name of Jesus is great and greatly to be praised. Let us do good, share what we have, and offer up the sacrifice of praise because Christ alone is worthy!

Remember 

Your Leaders (vs 7)

Preachers and Teachers of the Word

Consider the outcome of their life

Imitate their faith 

Jesus Christ (vs 8) 

            The same:

Yesterday (with Matthew, Mark, Luke, Paul)

Today (You are in the same relationship)

Tomorrow (You will be in the same relationship)

A Strong Heart (vs 9) 

No strength by foods

ALL strength by Grace

So, don’t be led astray

How do we eat Grace? 

            We go to the altar – the cross (vs 10)

We are not like the Priest on the Day of Atonement (vs 11)

Jesus fulfilled the Day of Atonement (vs 12)

Therefore, Move (vs 13,14) 

Outside the camp – away from comfort

To the place of sanctification

For we have no city here

Pleasing God (vs 15,16)

Through Him (Jesus)

Do Good, share

LIFE APPLICATION

Joy in Responsibility

Not building paradise on Earth

Seek the City that is to come

Teaching Outline Week 38

The Joy in Responsibility

(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews)

Commentary

Encouraging the Faithful

Hebrews 13:1-6 

Outline 

In order for the hears of this letter to have confidence necessary to perform its commands and requirements, our author presents the strongest statement in the letter regarding our relationship with God and His promises toward us. The closing argument, as we come to the final paragraphs, states that the faithful have everything necessary to pursue peace and holiness in this life because our God will never leave us or forsake us. Our God is a constant source of help in time of need. No matter what man has to offer us, trouble, persecution, or even death, our God is so great that He is working everything for our good.

Therefore, we can live a life that does not reflect the broken values of this world. In other words, we can live a life that stands out. Not just being different for the sake of being different, but projecting our love for God and our confidence in our God. This life will show God’s true value to the world.

The final chapter paints a portrait of what it looks like to live a life that worships God in reverence and awe. When we are very grateful that we belong to a family within a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, joy abounds in the responsibility to which we are called.

The Family of God 

Let brotherly love continue (vs 1)

Know that you are sons and daughters (3:5-6)

Encourage each other (3:12-13)

Show hospitality to strangers (vs 2)

Good Samaritan (Luke 10:29-37)

Missionary helper (Acts)

Entertaining angels (Genesis 18; Judges 6, 13)

Remember those in prison (vs 3)

Care for each other (10:34)

One body (1 Corinthians 12:12-13)

Defining Attributes 

Marriage held in honor (vs 4) 

            Let the marriage bed be undefiled (8:8-12)

Covenant keepers

Be content with your life (vs 5) 

            Free from the love of money (Matthew 6:25-34)

Your treasure is in heaven

For, this is the Truth (vs 6) 

God will never leave or forsake

The Lord is my helper

What can man do to me?

LIFE APPLICATION 

Joy in Responsibility

Vs

Anxious in Circumstances