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Fear Unbelief

Posted by: David Carroll

Listen: Hebrews 4, November 21, 2004

The theme of Chapter 4 is entering God's Rest. What is the difference between God's rest after six days of creative work, the Israelites entering their Caanan rest after 40 years of wandering, and the rest that Jesus promised when he said “Come to me you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” This chapter tells us to fear not entering God's rest. We find out that the reason the wandering Israelites did not enter God's rest was because of unbelief. That is what we are to fear--unbelief.

Listen to the podcast to find out why a heathy fear of not trusting God's promises is actually a recipe for being fearless.

The Big If

Posted by: David Carroll

Listen:  Hebrews 3, November 14, 2004

There is a mine field we need to navigate through in Chapter 3 of Hebrews. It won't be the last one in this book either. Hebrews 3:14 says “For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end.” Does this mean we need to hold on to our salvation to the end before we can be saved, or worse that we can lose our salvation if we don't hold fast?

Listen to find out the answer to this provative issue. And at the same time gain a greater appreciation for our only hope, Jesus Christ. You'll find out about the importance of small groups too.

A Great Salvation

Posted by: David Carroll

Listen: Hebrews 2, November 7, 2004

Hebrews Chapter One was a celebration of Jesus Christ. There were no commands in the first chapter, just truth. Chapter two starts out with the first command of this book of Hebrews, “To give earnest heed to what we have heard lest we drift away.” Have you ever drifted away from church or from studying the Bible? A true Christian won't drift for long. The writer goes on to ask the rhetorical question “How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation.” The obvious answer is that there is no escape for such.

This chapter is a meditation on the greatness of our salvation. Mostly we think of being saved as wonderful because we don't deserve it. Salvation is indeed great for that reason but it is great too because of our great destiny. There is a surprise about our destiny in this chapter. Listen and find out what it is.