Brother-keepers Living in Authentic Gospel Community

Text: Hebrews 10:24-25
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
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Date: January 5, 2014

This week we will be taking a short break from our exposition of Luke.  It has been our practice at the beginning of a new year to speak to the mission of Grace Bible Church as we look forward to what the Lord will do in the coming year.  As a reminder of our mission statement:

Our mission is to build a community of gospel-centered people as we:

  1. Worship God in spirit and truth (John 4:24; Acts 2:42).
  2. Serve one another by exercising our spiritual gifts (I Cor. 12:4-6; Eph. 4:11-16).
  3. Proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world (Mt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).
  4. Live out a biblical worldview in all spheres of life (Jer. 29:7; Mt. 5:13-16).

In this sermon we will look at Hebrews 10:24-25 in which we are told to stimulate (or provoke) one another to love and good deeds as we make our participation in the life of the church body a priority.   A unique emphasis of this exhortation is that we are not merely encouraged to show love and to do good deeds, but we are told to incite one another to such works of faith (v. 24).  How can we do this in practical terms?  Certainly part of the answer involves spending time in close fellowship with one another (v. 25).   All of this is built on the foundation of the work of Christ who has cleansed us and given us access to God (Hebrews 10:19ff).

Posted on January 5th, 2014 | Permalink