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Hebrews: Session 23

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Hebrews 12:11-17
In the final warning passage of this powerful letter, the speakers warns and exhorts the community not to throw away the great gift that has been given to them in the New Covenant through Jesus’ sacrifice. What is most needed is a hopeful perspective - a view toward where they are headed - and endurance (long suffering) in the midst of the suffering and persecution they may suffer. We take several “rabbit trails” in this session, but eventually end up back at Hebrews!

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New Class for Home-Schoolers this Fall

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This fall, we will be offering a class for home-schoolers, 10-12 grade, entitled Building a Biblical Worldview. This class will be structured around the principles of MilktoMeat with an emphasis in training our students to deal with the spiritual challenges they will face as they enter college, university, and the secular world.


We are offering the class through Cordova Tutorial and you can find the course description here:
High School Class Info
You can also find the class registration information here:
Cordova Tutorial Homepage

Class registration begins this Monday, April 14.

If you know of any home-schooling families who might be interested in this course, please help us get the word out.

Spring Newsletter Now Available

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Our Spring Newsletter is now available for download here.
Get updates on our upcoming Summer Bible Study, MilktoMeat being translated into Spanish and a new Homeschool course based on MilktoMeat.

You can also find our Newsletter and Email Updates Sign Up Page here.

Hebrews: Session 22

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Hebrews 12:1-10
There are many who have gone before us who have persevered in faith, convinced of the trustworthiness of God. There is no greater example than Jesus who is the Pioneer and Perfecter of faith; He is the one who begins in faith and ends in faith. For this reason, we are to keep our eyes focused on Him, thinking on Him so that we do not grow weary and give up in the race of life, the continual struggle that can be life. Then comes the great insight: the suffering, even persecution of life, is part of the discipline that our Heavenly Father uses to grow us up. We can persevere even in times of suffering because we know that it is all under the Father’s control.

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Hebrews: Session 21

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Hebrews 10:32-11:40
After a stern warning about those who show contempt for the Son of God, profane His Blood and insult the Spirit of Grace, the writer turn to encourage the community, calling them to faith and endurance (long-suffering). Citing a “great cloud of witnesses” in chapter 11, the community is called to model the faith and perseverance of those who have come before, placing their hope and confidence in God who is utterly trustworthy.

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Hebrews: Session 20

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Hebrews 10:19-31
In this section the writer encourages the the community to continue in faith (10:22), hope (10:23) and love (10:24). This exhortation is immediately followed by one of the strongest warning passages in the letter. Those who turn away from Christ prove themselves to be God’s enemies who show contempt for Him, defiles His blood of the covenant, and insults the Spirit of Grace. Those who “fall away” from the Truth of Christ, fall into the judgment of the Living God - a terrifying reality.

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Hebrews: Session 19

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Hebrews 10:1-18
In this section, the speaker brings the heart of the letter to a close. Jesus has offered Himself “once for all” so that now all who trust Him have been “purified once for all” so that we can all come boldly into the presence of God. Jesus has forever perfected - qualified, authorized - all those who are now set apart for God to come into His presence as a priest, behind the veil, into the most Holy Place - the Heavenly Sanctuary, the Throne of the Lord God. This is part of the better promises that have come by way of the New Covenant.


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EPC: The Church 10

Pursuing, promoting and cultivating Oneness in the Body of Christ is of paramount importance because it gives evidence to the reality of Jesus in a fallen and rebellious world. In his longest, high-priestly prayer in John 17, Jesus prays that all His followers would be one, just as He and the Father are one, so that the world may know that He was sent by the Father.

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Hebrews: Session 18

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Hebrews 9:15-28
“Indeed according to the Law almost everything was purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22). The New Covenant is inaugurated and enacted on better promises and betters sacrifices. As Jesus offers Himself for sins, He does so “once for all” and has thus secured a forever, ongoing cleansing and redemption for those who trust Him. He sets us free from our sins (9:15), which is forgiveness (9:22), the actual “putting away” of sin (9:26). As far as the Lord God is concerned, in Christ the issues of sin has been finally and decisively dealt with so that we all may approach Him boldly which confidence that we have been cleansed and are acceptable to Him.

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EPC: The Church 09

The Spirit is seeking to build a Living Temple out of people in which the Lord God may truly dwell. The Spirit is working to unify the diverse elements as One. Therefore, we as “Living Stones” are called to live in a manner worth of our calling, “ever eager to maintain the Oneness of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). As we live together as the People of God, in Christ’s Body the Church, we are to exhibit His glory and wisdom in our Oneness.

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The Problem with Chapters and Verses

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When the Bible was written there were no headings, no chapters, and no verses. In fact most of the books of the Bible didn't even have a title when they were originally written! While the books of the New Testament were given names very quickly, it wasn't until the 12th century that chapters were added into the Bible. Later in the 16th century verses were added as well.

Chapters and verses are great reference tools. Imagine how long it would take turn to the same passage on a sunday morning without them! While chapter and verse divisions are great for reference, in certain places they created problems for reading and understanding the Scripture. The main problem that arises from chapters and verses is that we begin to see divisions in the books of the Bible. Instead of seeing one continuous work we divide it into sections and miss the flow of thought presented in the book itself.

Let me give two examples where the verse and chapter divisions distract from the argument of a passage.

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EPC: The Church 08

We continue looking at the Holy Spirit in Ephesians in the ways He is building up a Temple for the Lord’s dwelling. Paul prays that the Church might be filled with power through the Spirit so that Jesus may dwell in our hearts (make His home there). This empowering of the Holy Spirit is one of the key realities that makes the Church the Church - the Body of Christ.

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