Hebrews 13

11 Outlines

 

Hebrews 13:1-6

PRACTICING OUR FAITH

 

CONTINUING CHARITY (LOVE) Vs. 1

CONSISTENT COURTESY Vs. 2

CONSTANT COMPASSION Vs. 3

COMMITTED COMPANIONSHIP Vs. 4

CONTENTED CONVERSATION (MANNER OF LIFE) Vss. 5-6

 

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A WELL-ROUNDED LIFE

Hebrews 13:1-6

 

BE CONSIDERATE OF THE BRETHREN Vss. 1-3

 

BE CONSISTENT IN THE BEDROOM Vs. 4

 

BE CONTENTED WITH YOUR BLESSINGS Vss. 5-6

 

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Hebrews 13:1-17

PRACTICAL POINTERS

 

Hebrews 13 is full of practical advice for living the Christian Life.

Note: This may be too much material for one sermon. You may want to break this down into 2-4 sermons.

 

LOVE - Vss. 1-4

Love your brother - Vs. 1

Love the stranger - Vs. 2

Love the prisoner - Vs. 3

Love your mate - Vs. 4

 

LEAN - Vss. 5-6

Lean without covetousness - Vs. 5a

Lean contentedly - Vs. 5b

Lean confidently - Vss. 5c-6

 

LEARN - Vss. 7-9

Learn from Godly Leaders - Vs. 7

Learn from the Lord Jesus Christ - Vs. 8

Learn to avoid false teaching - Vs. 9

 

LIVE - Vss. 10-16

Live a separated life - Vss. 10-14

Live a sacrificial life - Vss. 15-16

Life a submissive life - Vs. 17

 

 

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Hebrews 13:5 etc.

CHALLENGED?

 

As Christians we will face various challenges or difficulties. As I write these words the world is bracing itself to see what happens on Midnight of the year 2000. Will the Y2K computer problem or the actions of terrorists cause mass chaos? Even if Y2K is not a problem, all Christians will face trials, opposition and persecution at one time or another. James 1:2-4, Romans 5:3-5, John 15:18-27

 

No matter what challenges we encounter let us remember that we have:

 

JESUS' PRESENCE - Hebrews 13:5-6, John 14:16-18

 

JESUS' POWER - Philippians 4:13, Galatians 2:20, Isaiah 41:10

 

JESUS' PROMOTION - John 14:1-6

This life is temporary. The one who knows Christ as "the way, the truth and the life" looks for forward to an eternal home and the return of Jesus for His own. 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18

 

 

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Hebrews 13:5-6

4 C'S FOR THE NEW YEAR NEW YEARS!

 

As a New Year approaches this passage gives us some positive encouragement.

 

CONDUCT - "Let your conversation (manner of life) be without covetousness;"

 

CONTENTMENT - "... and be content with such things as ye have:"

 

COMPANION - "... for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."

 

CONFIDENCE - "So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my

helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."

 

 

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Hebrews 13:5-6

CONTENTMENT!

 

GOD'S COMMITMENT TO ME - "...for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."

 

MY CONDUCT FOR GOD - "Let you conversation be without covetousness; and content with such things as ye have..."

 

MY CONFIDENCE FROM GOD - "So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me."

 

 

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Hebrews 13:7, 17

ABOUT YOUR PASTOR

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YOUR PASTOR IS A RULER - "Remember them which have the rule over you,"

 

 

YOUR PASTOR IS A REPRESENTATIVE - "..who have spoken unto you the word of God:"

 

YOUR PASTOR IS A ROLE MODEL - "..whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation."

 

YOUR PASTOR IS RESPONSIBLE - "Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls,"

 

YOUR PASTOR IS A REPORTER - "...as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you."

 

 

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Hebrews 13:7,13

VALUE YOUR LEADERS

 

REMEMBER - "Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God:"

REPEAT - "...whose faith follow,"

If you follow the example of a leader's faith, you will do what they did.

 

REFLECT - "...considering the end of their conversation."

What were the results of the leader's Godly manner of life?

 

RESPECT - "Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves:"

 

RESPONSIBILITY - "...for they watch for your souls,"

 

REPORT - "...as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you."

 

 

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Hebrews 13:8

THE SAME

 

Raymond was a friend of mine, and I miss him. Raymond was the best trustee that I've ever encountered anywhere in my ministry. But, like the rest of us, Raymond didn't like change!

 

At the first church council meeting that I ever attended here I walked in early. Raymond and one other trustee were present. I set down my materials for the meeting on the table by a chair.

 

A couple of minutes later, Raymond said something like this to me, "Pastor we all sit in the same places. For instance Bob sits there and Hughie sits there. Your seat is over there." He pointed to my assigned seat. So I moved my materials to what was my assigned seat. A few minutes later Raymond sat down, right where I was originally going to sit. Raymond didn't like change.

 

My dad is 80 years old, shorter, lighter, and more feeble than I've ever seen him. Oh how I dislike seeing my dad get old. I don't like change.

 

Have you noticed, for as much as we don't like change, change occurs? On Tuesday, September 11, 2001 there was much change in America and the world because of the acts of terrorism committed against the United States.

 

No matter who we are, there will be times when we need to face change. However the Lord Jesus gives us some words of encouragement in Hebrews 13:8.

Hebrews 13:8 - "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever."

 

If you are a born again Christian, this basic truth is still true. It has not changed. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, God in the flesh, has not changed. He's still on the throne. He's still in charge. He's still available to help. He still cares.

Because Jesus does not change, we can be hopeful, we can find peace and rest, we can be confident, and we can go on!

There are at least three things about the Lord Jesus that have not changed and will not change.

 

JESUS IS POWERFUL, YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER

Yesterday, Jesus was powerful.

Long before Jesus was born, Isaiah 9:6 described the Lord Jesus.

 

Notice in this verse that Jesus is called mighty God and everlasting Father, which means "Father of eternity."

 

Isaiah is telling us that Jesus is God.

Isaiah is telling us that Jesus is eternal.

 

John 1:1-4 also tells us that Jesus is God, that He is eternal and that He is creator.

 

Yesterday Jesus showed His power when He came to earth.

A lame man, sitting by a pool, was made to walk.

A blind man, named Bartimaeus was made to see.

A sea blowing, and churning, causing fear, was made to be still.

A little girl, a widow's son, and a man named Lazarus were all made to rise from the dead.

And these are just a few examples of the power of Jesus that was demonstrated.

 

And here's another remarkable thing about Jesus. He was sinless!

He alone had the power to live a sinless life!

 

And then Jesus showed His power by going to the cross.

You might be thinking, "Jesus died on the cross. How does that show His power?"

 

It is only Jesus who had the power to die for our sins.

It is only Jesus who could pay for our sins. 2 Corinthians 5:21

Another way Jesus showed his power yesterday was through the resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Jesus also showed His power when He ascended into Heaven. Luke 24:50-51

 

Well, that's great! Jesus was powerful yesterday, but what about today? Is Jesus still powerful? See Ephesians 1:19-23 for the answer to that question.

Jesus is still powerful.

Jesus is still in control.

Jesus is still God.

 

So that leads us to a very tough question.

If Jesus is still powerful, still in control, and still God, why were innocent people killed last week? Why is there so much devastation in the world?

If Billy Graham could not give a complete answer to this question when he spoke at a memorial service, don't expect me to.

 

But let me say this.

Hurt, pain and sorrow are caused by man's sin, not by God.

God has given man free will to make choices and often man makes very bad choices.

And if God did not allow choice, we'd be robots.

Also, God has a plan that I don't understand, and these tragedies are part of His plan.

And often God uses these tragedies to get our attention, to draw us to Himself. Some people would never turn to God unless things like this happened.

 

I am very comforted by the words of Colossians 1:17, "And he is before all things, and by him all things consist."

 

No matter what, Jesus holds things together. We need not fear.

 

And Jesus shows His power today each time a prayer is answered in His name. John 14:13-14,

1 John 5:14-15

 

The Lord Jesus is powerful, yesterday and today, but what about His power forever?

 

There will be a day when Jesus will come for His saints. That's called the rapture! This will mean resurrection from the dead!

 

After that there will be a great tribulation, and at the end Jesus will come and win what we know as the "Battle of Armageddon". Revelation 19:19-21

 

Philippians 2:9-11 tells us that every knee will bow to the Lord Jesus and every tongue shall declare that He is Lord.

 

JESUS PARDONS, YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER

 

Before God created man, God knew that man would sin.

Before God created man, God knew that man would fail to please God.

Before God created man, God had a plan so that man could be pardoned. 1 Peter 1:18-20

 

Yesterday, before the foundation of the world, God had foreordained, planned ahead that Jesus Christ would die for your sins. God loved us so much that He planned for His Son to die to secure our pardon.

Yesterday, 2000 years ago, Jesus did die for our sins, so that we might be forgiven. Romans 5:6-8

 

Yesterday Jesus secured pardon for you and me.

Today Jesus offers pardon to all who believe. John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8-9

 

My friend pardon is available for you, for your family and for your friends.

Pardon is available for all sinners who will turn to the Lord Jesus in faith.

That is why we encourage you who know Christ as Savior to share your faith.

Pardon is available, but only through Christ.

 

And when we Christians sin, pardon is still available. 1 John 1:7-9

 

There was pardon yesterday. There is pardon today. There is pardon forever!

 

Hebrews 10:14 - "For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified."

 

JESUS IS PRESENT, YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER

 

God has been present throughout all history.

Jesus, as God has been present throughout all history.

Jesus made Old Testament Appearances as the Angel of the Lord.

 

Jesus was present in the Garden of Eden.

Jesus was present when Enoch walked with God.

Jesus was present with Abraham.

Jesus was present with Moses and the Children of Isarel.

Jesus was present with David and the prophets.

 

And Jesus was present when He is, for us, unthinkable. He became a man, and walked among men.

 

John 1:14 - "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."

 

Yesterday Jesus was present.

But is Jesus present today?

Yes He is! John 14:16-18, Matthew 28:20

My Christian friend, wherever you go and whatever you face, Jesus is present.

 

And what about the future?

Will Jesus continue to be present?

Yes, but His presence will even be more special than it is now. 1 Thessalonians 4:6-7

We will be with the Lord forever!

 

Hebrews 13:8 - "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever."

 

JESUS IS POWERFUL, YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER

JESUS PARDONS, YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER

JESUS IS PRESENT, YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER

 

 

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Hebrews 13:12-17

IN THIS LIFE

 

As Christians there are certain ways we should pass through this life into the next.

 

WE SHOULD SUFFER - Vss. 12-13

WE SHOULD SEEK - Vs. 14

WE SHOULD SACRIFICE - Vss. 15-16

WE SHOULD SUBMIT - Vs. 17

 

 

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Hebrews 13:14-16

THREE POSSESSIONS

 

In Christ we have three possessions mentioned here. One of these we look forward to, the other two, we are to practice because they are ours in Christ.

 

1. A CITY OF THE FUTURE - Vs. 14 - See Revelation 21:1-4

2. A CONCERT OF PRAISE - Vs. 15

3. A CONDUCT OF CONCERN - Vs. 16

 

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