Synopsis and Homework Week 2

Chapter two opens with the word “Therefore” which is the author’s way of pointing us to the portrait of Christ’s eminence and greatness painted in chapter one and, therefore, we ought to listen to what he says. For the higher a person stands in rank, the greater authority he exerts, and the more he demands the listener’s attention.

Verse one of chapter two does not allow for “fence sitting”. It plainly states we are either listening or drifting. We are listening to the Words of Christ and becoming more like Him, or we are drifting right past this most precious salvation.

Verse three of chapter two asks the question, “How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?”

Read the following commentary;

3a. How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?

The key word in this part of the sentence, which began with the preceding verse, is “salvation.” The term has already been used in 1:14, in which the readers are told that all angels are ministering spirits that serve believers (the heirs of salvation). The value of salvation ought never be underestimated, for its price was the suffering and death of Jesus. He is called the author of salvation who brings many sons to glory (2:10). Therefore, the believer’s salvation is immeasurably great.

As verse 2 states, the message of the Old Testament could not and cannot be violated without suffering the consequences. How much more, then (this verse says), ought we to treasure our salvation. If we ever ignore the message concerning our redemption, it is impossible for us to escape God’s wrath and subsequent punishment. The more precious the gift, the greater the penalty if it is ignored. [1] 

The only way to neglect something or someone is to de-value them in your heart. If you are neglecting your family or your business you are making the bold statement that other people and things are of more value.

What are the results of neglecting a spouse, children, home, business, garden…nothing good!

What then are the results of neglecting Jesus?


Read the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30)

Answer the following two questions:

How are the first two servants like one who is listening to the Word’s of Christ?


How is the evil servant like one who is drifting?

[1] Simon J. Kistemaker and William Hendriksen, Exposition of Hebrews, vol. 15, New Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1953–2001), 58.

Teaching Outline Week 2

The Joy in Responsibility

(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews) 



Hebrews 2:1–4


Vs. Hebrews 1:1-14                                        Set the scene painted by chapter one:

The central theme of chapter one…

Jesus is Superior; this Jesus, the “Son of God” is the final Word spoken in these last days.

Jesus is; Creator, Sustainer, Owner, Ruler and Redeemer of the world.

Jesus is; Eternal, Victorious, Perfect, Awesome God! Jesus is BIG!


Jesus died for me, He gave me so great a salvation.

The PARADOX of the Christian Life:


Jesus wants ME, 1000 times more than I want Him.


Vs 2:1                                                              Therefore, listen!

God has spoken by His Son, listen, listen very carefully.

You’re either listening or drifting…

The Bible only offers assurance to those who are vigilant.

There is no such thing as vigilantly earning your salvation.

There is no such thing as drifting along in complete assurance.

Listening = Believe

Drifting = Unbelief

Why do we not listen? (Unbelief)  Hosea 7:13

We make God the way we want Him to be. (Build an idol)

We stay faithful to the false God we create.

Our false God always lets us down.

The final lie – God really doesn’t love me. (I’m off the hook)


There is something about you that wants to believe lies.

We want to avoid this reality…

If God has given me everything, He can ask me for anything.

If God is perfect, there is no excuse for sin.



Jesus has a fix on reality, you don’t!

For God to cease to love you, He would cease to be God.

Just believe!


Teaching Outline Week 1

The Joy in Responsibility

(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews) 


Jesus’ Superiority and His Role as

Savior and High Priest/King

Hebrews 1:1–14


Vs. 1-4                                                            Introduction:

Possible problem in the church regarding angels

Jesus is Superior

Vs. 5-13                                                          How is Jesus Superior?

                                                                        Vs 5 (Psalm 2:7) (2 Samuel 7:14)

Jesus is the Son of God in a way that no angel ever was or is…

Vs 6 (Deuteronomy 32:43)

Jesus is not an angel; He is worshipped by angels…

Vs 7-9 (Psalm 104:4) (Psalm 45:6-7)

Jesus is not an angel, He is God… (Trinity)

Vs 10-12 (Psalm 102:25-27)

Jesus is not an angel; He is the Eternal Creator of all things…

Vs 13 (Psalm 110:1)

Jesus is not an angel; He is a Reigning, Victorious King!

Vs. 14                                                              So what are angels?

  1. They worship Jesus and do His bidding. (vs 6)
  2. They serve God’s people and help us reach salvation. (vs 14)


So what does this have to do with my joy?

  1. You worship Eternal, Victorious Perfection.
  1. The universe is filled with helpers.

Save the Date

New Bible Study

Beginning Wednesday, November 6th

11:45 am and 6:00 pm


An in-depth study of the book of HEBREWS

Plan to join us!  If you attend the 11:45 am study bring your lunch; the 6:00 pm study bring your dinner.  Feel free to kill two birds with one stone…. Have you ever felt like the amount of responsibility in life is a heavy burden? Ever wondered how the Bible can ask you to be “joyful in everything”? Lets explore this life changing principle together!

Please call or email and let us know which study you will attend. Call Mike at (602) 321-6695 or email .

Also: If you can’t join us in person, we will be broadcasting the study via “GoToMeeting”. You can sign in on your pc or mac or call on the phone and listen in…even participate! Call or email for details.



Directions: Located in Elliot Commerce Park, on Elliot Road between Arizona Ave. and McQueen.

The Man Behind the Curtain

OZ Pic1 “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain”

Children of all ages quaked as they watched Dorothy; clinging to her friends, tremble down that massive hallway toward the booming voice of a glowing wizard.  We feared we may never breathe again until Toto revealed the secret.  The great and powerful OZ didn’t look so great once we had a peek behind the curtain.

That little man was working like crazy to support the false image of greatness. He frantically pushed buttons and turned wheels to make the sights and sounds that impressed his audience.

The smoke and mirrors and the bold and bombing commands of the wizard did Dorothy and her friends little good. Those things sent them on a frightening journey for a witch’s broom when their only goal was to find their way home.

Now, you would think that the moral of this story is: “Just be yourself.” In fact, Dorothy was told that she possessed the power to get home all along. Click your heels three times, and make a wish and back home again!

It is always a good idea to avoid pretending you’re something that you’re not. However, it’s not a good idea to just be you. After all, if the wizard thought being true to self was a good idea he wouldn’t have been found behind the curtain in the first place.

The Bible says pretending and being oneself are not acceptable to the life of a believer.  Consider the words of the prophet Isaiah.

Say to those who have an anxious heart,

“Be strong; fear not!  Behold, your God will come with vengeance,

       with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.”

        Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped;

        then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. 

                                                             Isaiah 35:4-6 (ESV) 

Dorothy was trying to get home. In a wondrous land over the rainbow, Dorothy realized the truth. Home was the place where she is loved. Home was the placed where she serves. Home was the place that gives her purpose. In other words, Dorothy was trying to find joy. 

Dorothy knew her joy would be complete once she found her way home.

Unlike the movie, the Bible teaches that joy can be found only in the God of the Bible.

Dorothy was responsible for all her friends. At times she was called upon to give wisdom to the scarecrow and a heart of courage to the tin man and lion. That’s a heavy load to bear. That’s real responsibility.

As a leader, you are responsible for others. It’s in that responsibility that a profound joy is found but only if you experience it through the truth of the Bible.

Our journey begins Wednesday, November 6th. We will meet at 11:45 am and 6:00 pm. Bring your lunch or dinner.  Join with others as we learn to navigate God’s plan for our lives.

We are here for you Monday through Friday 8am – 5pm. Schedule a time on any of those days, at any hour, to study God’s Word. Create your own small group. Business leaders, bring your employees. Parents, bring your family and your neighbors. We will be happy to customize a time and a study to meet your needs.

You can come to us or we can come to you (via the internet). If you are one of our out-of-state friends or just can’t get everyone to Gilbert at one time, we will be happy to schedule a goToMeeting conference using your pc or mac.

Contact Pastor Mike at (602) 321-6695 or

Week three (chicken noodle soup)

I’m cold. The weather took a turn toward the arctic. The average temperature this week was well below freezing. Up before dawn, out before daylight. It’s not easy for an Arizona boy to climb out from under the covers when the room feels more like a refrigerator than a living space.

Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup has become my best friend. My local grocer has a sale; 5 for $5. I enlist a small army of cans and take them home and line them up on the shelf like so many tin soldiers. Every evening the most enthusiastic volunteer gets opened, poured in the pot and boiled to steaming hot. The heat, smell and taste take the edge off the long cold day. The Southwest Airlines ticket home looks more and more inviting.

Week three comes to a close. The employees are getting use to me being around. I know because they are becoming engaging. They run down the events of the day; the good, bad and ugly. Maybe running a business is more like being a pastor after all.

I really enjoy fielding calls from customers. I spent a couple of days this week doing just that. It’s very interesting. Some call and it’s as if they are taking happy pills. Some call with an IRS serious attitude. Some think they dialed 911. No matter, all are expecting to have their need met by me, the voice in charge.

I am beginning to get excited about the business start in Arizona. I am currently building the system and creating work flow documents. So far I have no customers, no vendors and no employees. It’s fairly easy to manage at this point, but it doesn’t have much of a bottom line. This is were prayer comes in. “He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.” (2 Cor. 9:10) We trust that God will supply everything necessary to accomplish the ministry. Please pray for me and my family to have courage and wisdom for the task set before us.

Well, with soup in hand this frigid week comes to a close.