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Summary: To show that we need to guard our heart from unbelief.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Take care of your heart.

Proverbs 4:23 (Amplified Bible)

4:23 Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that we need to guard our heart from unbelief.

IV. TEXT:

Hebrews 3:12 (Amplified Bible)

3:12 [Therefore beware] brethren, take care, lest there be in any one of you a wicked, unbelieving heart [which refuses to cleave to, trust in, and rely on Him], leading you to turn away and desert or stand aloof from the living God.

V. THESIS:

My heart is guarded by GOD.

Jude 1:24 (The Message)

1:24 And now to him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in his bright presence, fresh and celebrating—

VI. TITLE:

Beware of an unbelieving heart

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70

B. Style of writing: Best Greek style

C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos

D. Audience: Hebrew Christians

E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible

F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines

G. Keyword: better

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Beware of an unbelieving heart

"[Therefore beware] brethren, take care, lest there be in any one of you a wicked, unbelieving heart [which refuses to cleave to, trust in, and rely on Him],"

Unbelief or unbelieving means: [Greek: "apistia"] {noun:feminine}

1. unfaithfulness, faithless

2. want of faith, unbelief

3. weakness of faith

Hebrews 2:1-3 (Amplified Bible)

2:1 SINCE ALL this is true, we ought to pay much closer attention than ever to the truths that we have heard, lest in any way we drift past [them] and slip away.

2:2 For if the message given through angels [the Law spoken by them to Moses] was authentic and proved sure, and every violation and disobedience received an appropriate (just and adequate) penalty,

2:3 How shall we escape [appropriate retribution] if we neglect and refuse to pay attention to such a great salvation [as is now offered to us, letting it drift past us forever]? For it was declared at first by the Lord [Himself], and it was confirmed to us and proved to be real and genuine by those who personally heard [Him speak].

Matthew 24:4 (Amplified Bible)

24:4 Jesus answered them, Be careful that no one misleads you [deceiving you and leading you into error].

1 Corinthians 10:12 (Amplified Bible)

10:12 Therefore let anyone who thinks he stands [who feels sure that he has a steadfast mind and is standing firm], take heed lest he fall [into sin].

Romans 11:21 (Amplified Bible)

11:21 For if God did not spare the natural branches [because of unbelief], neither will He spare you [if you are guilty of the same offense].

Cleave to, trust in, and rely on JESUS as the center of your heart.

B. Beware of a heart that turns away from GOD


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