Watch Out!

Text: Hebrews 12:15-17
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
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Date: March 11, 2007

Spurgeon said:

One feels most happy when blowing the trumpet of jubilee, proclaiming peace to broken hearts, freedom to the captives & the opening of the prison to them that are bound. But God’s watchman has another trumpet which he must sometimes blow…For thus says the Lord, “Blow the trumpet in Zion & sound an alarm in my holy mountain.”

While much of Hebrews has focused upon the good news of what Jesus has accomplished for us, our author also gives some of the strongest warnings in Scripture against apostasy (turning away from the faith). In this message I plan to expound three warnings from Hebrews 12:15-17.

  1. Watch out lest anyone come short of the grace of God.
  2. Watch out, lest a root of bitterness springs up causing trouble.
  3. Watch out lest one of you becomes immoral and godless like Esau.

Here are a few questions for you to consider.

  • What does it mean to come short of God’s Grace?
  • What is the root of bitterness? I confess that after studying this text, I realized that I had misunderstood the meaning of the root of bitterness.
  • How does Esau exemplify the apostasy against which we are being warned?

Posted on March 11th, 2007 | Permalink