Month: March 2010

Hebrews Inductive Study (chapter 4)

Questions for Hebrews 4

Observation

  1. Let us do what in verse 1?
  2. What did those in the O.T. have preached to them?
  3. And what did they have missing as they heard?
  4. Does God like to repeat Himself?  What does God want made so clear that He repeats it three times (3:11; 4:3; 4:5)?
  5. What is the remedy that He repeats three times (3:7-8, 15; 4:7)?
  6. List all the characteristics of the word of God.
  7. What are we before God (v. 13)?
  8. What is a good summary statement for verses 1-13?
  9. How many times did you observe “let us” in chapter 4?  What are they?
  10. What is a summary statement for verses 14-16?

Interpretation

  1.  Why does the author of Hebrews focus on the word, “Today”?
  2. Why is Joshua brought into the picture (v. 8)?
  3. What is a Sabbath rest (v. 9)? Will we work in heaven?
  4. List the descriptions of the high priest in Hebrews 4:14-15.  Who meets this description?
  5. Why should we pray?

Application

  1. Could God say this:  “Some of you sitting in these church pews will not enter into my rest!”
  2. That statement should provoke what kind of responses in any assembly?
  3. Which of your weaknesses can Jesus sympathize with you?
  4. How does he give you victory in your specific temptations?
  5. Are you experiencing Hebrews 4:16 in your prayer life?

The two KJV sentences of John 17:20-23

About a year and a half ago, Jacob over on “Heart Issues for Todd Wood” formulated some questions for me with this post title – “What shall we make of God’s oneness?”

He ends his post with these questions:  “(1) But what are we to make of John 17?  (2) Do you agree that this is the primary text from which we should interpret the meaning of God’s oneness?  (3) What do you make of its emphasis on our potential to be brought into the very same oneness currently shared by the Father and the Son?”

In response, (1) John 17 is one of the most glorious and sacred texts in all of Scripture, especially for me as I live in the Mormon corridor.  In answer to the next question (2), John 1 lays out the eternal unity of Jesus and the Father that I have not experienced as a finite creature.  John 17 lays out unity with the Godhead that I presently experience.  And in thinking of the last question (3) it is not just a future potential, I have already been given the glory.

Now, I have three questions for my readers.

(1) If thousands of Orthodox Jewish men, gathered together at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, does this reflect what Jesus is praying in John 17?

(2) If a quarter of a million LDS joined together in Salt Lake City for the 180th General Annual Conference (April 3-4), would this resemble the oneness mentioned by the Savior?

(3)  What about a million bowed Muslim knees at Mecca in 2010?

Calvary Chapel at our LDS Barbecue

I wonder if Christian Vuissa, founder and organizer of the annual LDS film festival in Utah, might consider producing a hit LDS movie with this title.

Though my opinion is not founded on research, I would perhaps consider Calvary Chapel the largest evangelical denomination in the Intermountain Mormon Corridor.  Would this be a safe observation?

And it is interesting how in 2010, flagship Calvary Chapels on Interstate 15 have stepped it up a notch in public counterpoint teaching to Mormonism. 

A few case examples . . .

1.  Calvary Chapel of Idaho Falls hosting Bill McKeever for a Wednesday night series – Mormonism 101.

2.  Calvary Chapel of Salt Lake City hosting the Capstone Conference this past weekend.

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Incidentally, I was sitting at Arctic Circle today for lunch (a half mile from my church building and two-and-a-half miles from the CCC of Idaho Falls).  I was sitting right in the midst of a whole group of Idaho Falls veterans (most of these men in their seventies).  One of the tables was discussing genealogies.  Another table was discussing McKeever’s series at CCC.  The conversations were so fascinating, I had to put down momentarily the book I was reading – The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper.