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Grace and Disgrace

Hebrews 10:19-31 (NIV)

19Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let 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. 23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25Let 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.

26If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29How 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? 30For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

I.                   Introduction:

II.               Draw Near: The Welcome of Grace

A.                 Draw Near to God: Access

1.                  The Way That was Made Possible by Jesus

2.                  The Way That we Enter as Christians

B.                 Draw Near In Confidence: Assurance

1.                  Confidence in Our Hope: Assured in our Profession

2.                  Confident of His Faithfulness: Assured of the Promise

C.                 Draw Near Together: Assembly

1.                  Motivate Each Other

2.                  Meet Together

a)                  Meetings That Are Not To Be Given Up

b)                 Meetings for Mutual Encouragement

c)                  Meetings Anticipating Christ’s Return

III.            Have Fear: The Warning of Disgrace

A.                 Hear the Warning: Deliberately Continuing in Sin

1.                  Willful Sin Despite the Experience of Grace

2.                  Willful Sin Apart from the Atonement of Christ

3.                  Willful Sin Incurring the Wrath of God

B.                 Fear the Penalty: Deserving Punishment for Sin

1.                  Sin Worthy of Punishment

2.                  Punishment Worthy of God

3.                  Judgment Worthy of Fear

IV.             Conclusion:

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