Renewal How did I renew my mind this week?
What made that difficult?
How did I share that with someone this week?
In Hebrews the writer warns these Jewish Christians not to revert back to the legalism of Judaism, following rules to please God and earn heaven. The writer sets the foundation
27 And just as it is appointed for people to die once—and after this, judgment — 28 so also the Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.
1 Since the law has [only] a shadow of the good things to come, and not the actual form of those realities, it can never perfect the worshipers by the same sacrifices they continually offer year after year.
Do I face the possibility of going back to the Law to see how good I am?
How does it feel to be under the Law?
What does Romans 8:1 say to me?
(“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus…”)
What is the connection to worship?
19 Therefore, brothers, since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that He has inaugurated for us, through the curtain (that is, His flesh); 21 and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled [clean] from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water.
The privilege of right standing with God means that the Christian can come into the presence of God with confidence. What is the basis of that confidence?
What am I encouraged to do? (vv. 19, 22)
23 Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 24 And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, 25 not staying away from our meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
A right relationship with God leads (supernaturally) to do what?
In v. 23
In v. 24
In v. 25
Response is directed in two ways:
What word is the real problem for me in v. 25?
Conclusion: Let's R.A.P. Up!
What is my response to God this week? In worship? In fellowship? In finances?
How do I approach worship? (Review Acts 2:42-47; See also Psalm 122:1)
Reconciliation leads to new relationships, which leads to renewal through Word and Sacrament. Our response is always a response to God's grace.
How then should I/we live?
How can I pursue this with others at our church home?