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Chart Your Course

Text: Hebrews 10:19-31 (NIV)

19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”a and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”b 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

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I.        Introduction:

II.      Enter the Presence of God: Drawing Near Through Jesus – No Hesitation

A.      The Means of Entry: With Merit

1.       Enter Through the Way of the Sacrifice

a)       Entry With an Attitude of Boldness

b)       Entry into the Inner Sanctuary

c)       Entry in the Blood of Jesus

d)       Entry through an Opened Way

(1)     A Way Made

(a)     Through the Veil

(b)     For Us

(2)     A Way identified

(a)     Identified by Its Character

(i)       New

(ii)     Living

(b)     Identified As the Body of Christ

2.       Enter Through the Work of the Priest

a)       The Office of High Priest

b)       The Responsibility of High Priest

B.      The Manner of Entry: With Integrity

1.       Enter With Integrity of Heart

2.       Enter With Integrity of Faith

3.       Enter With Integrity of Conscience

4.       Enter With Integrity of Profession

III.   Encourage the People of God: Drawing Together in Support – No Isolation

A.      Encourage Through Strong Profession

1.       A Strongly Held Profession

2.       A Solidly Hopeful Profession

3.       A Soundly Confident Profession

B.      Encourage Through Stimulating Inspiration

1.       Inspiring Each Other

2.       Inspiring to Action

C.      Encourage Through Steady Congregation

1.       The Congregation To Be Regularly Attended

2.       The Congregation To Be Mutually Uplifted

3.       The Congregation to be Urgently Tended

IV.    Escape the Punishment of God: Drawing Back from Danger – No Desertion

A.      Escape The Danger of Backsliding

1.       Returning To Sin As Deliberate Practice

2.       Rejecting Jesus As Only Sacrifice

3.       Reaping Fear As God’s Enemy

B.      Escape The Danger of Punishment

1.       Deserved Punishment

2.       Promised Punishment

3.       Awful Punishment

V.      Conclusion:


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a Deut. 32:35

b Deut. 32:36; Psalm 135:14

[1] The Holy Bible : New International Version. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984.

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