The Joshua Victor Theory
The Reproach of Christ

The Reproach of Christ

August 16, 2010

Sermon on Hebrews 11:24-26 for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost. Also related to the other readings of the Sunday, Jeremiah 23:16-19 and Luke 12:49-53.

Sermon Talking Points:

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  1. What would be the two different outcomes of Moses identifying as an Egyptian ruler or an Israelite slave? In the short term? In eternity? What was the challenge about it?

  1. Do Jesus and the Bible teach that the Christian’s life will be easy? Reread Luke 12:49-53; James 4:4; Matt. 10:16-42. Why then do we believe? Cf. Hebrews 10:24-26; Matt. 10:39.

  1. Explain these pitfalls on the Christian’s road: to be a hearer of the Word but not a doer (James 1:19-27; Ezek. 33:30-33); to stubbornly follow our own heart (Jeremiah 23:17; Gen. 6:5; Jer. 17:9; Matt. 15:18-19); to ignore God’s anger against sin and teach that all is well (Jer. 6:13-14; 23:17-22; Hebrews 12:5)

  1. What does Scripture warn about false prophets? How dangerous are they and what can they lead to? Reread Jeremiah 23; Matt. 24:23-28; 1 John 2:18-27; 2 John 7-11; How should we examine and test for false doctrine? (see previous passages) & Acts 17:11; 1 Tim. 6:2-10; Titus 2:1; 2 Tim. 4:1-4;

  1. Explain the temptation to water down or “sanitize” God’s Word. Why must this be resisted? 2 Tim. 4:3-5; John 17:17; 1 Cor. 1:17

  1. How did Jesus identify with us who were enslaved? How did He bear reproaches for us? What reward was He seeking? John 1:12. What is Jesus’ commendation, and why is it worth it? Matt. 25:23
Draw Near With a True Heart

Draw Near With a True Heart

November 16, 2009

Sermon on Hebrews 10:11-25 for the 24th Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon Talking Points:

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  1. Why must we have a pure heart to see God? Matt. 5:12. How does the Scripture describe our sinful heart? Gen. 6:5; Jer. 17:9-10; Matt. 15:18-20. What could prevent us from seeing God?

  1. How does God give us the pure heart we need? How is this different from how we often speak of someone having a “good heart?” Ezek. 36:25-27.

  1. How does this give the Christian confidence? Confidence of what and to do what?

  1. What things might prevent us from holding fast to our confession of hope? What might cause us to waver? How do we make the bold confession? Read Acts 4; 1 Peter 2:9-12.

  1. What can you do to stir others up in their love and good works? What can you offer in service yourself?

  1. Why is worship an essential part of the Christian life? Is this law or gospel? What happens gradually if we remove ourselves from Christian fellowship?

  1. Finally as the day of judgment approaches, where do we find our Christian confidence and certainty?
God’s Word: A Two-Edged Sword

God’s Word: A Two-Edged Sword

October 19, 2009

Sermon on Hebrews 4:1-13 for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon Talking Points:

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  1. Why is God’s Word like a two-edged sword? Who wields it? Rev. 1:16. Cf. Ephesians 6:10-20.

  1. How is the Word of God’s Law different from the Word of God’s Gospel? In who it addresses? In what it says? In the threats or promises it makes? In the results it has on those who hear it?

  1. Read a passage like Psalm 95 or Hebrews 4:1-13, and see if you can identify which statements are Law and which are Gospel.

  1. What two responses to God’s Word endanger our receiving of His promises and blessings? How did the Israelites fail to enter into the rest that God promised? Hebrews 4:2-6

  1. How does the Word of Law affect the sinful, disobedient, or unbelieving? Rom. 2:12-29; 3:19-20

  1. How does the Word of Gospel affect the repentant sinner who believes? Rom. 1:16-17; 3:21-26; 5:1-11.

  1. How are all examples of “rest” in this life an incomplete picture of God’s “rest?” How does God’s two-fold Word guide and direct us to that day of eternal rest? Who secured this rest for us and how? Matt. 11:28-29

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