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Summary: Some honest questions we should ask ourselves as we approach the Lord’s Supper.

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“Let Us Draw Near”

Hebrews 10:19-26

HEB 10:19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching. 26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left…

INTRODUCTION

• As we make commitments for God to do something in us inward, upward and outward, we need to take some things in consideration as we draw near to Him.

• Today, we will share in what we call the Lord’s Supper

• I believe there are some questions we need to ask ourselves as we approach the table of the Lord this morning:

I. “Am I CLEANSED?” {vs 22}

“…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”

• I am not just referring to receiving a pardon from the penalty of our sin this morning…I want to go a little deeper than that

RESIDUE ILLUSTRATION---smoke damage from a fireplace

• God wants to take away some of the residue that comes from our sin…our guilty conscience

• The blood of Jesus not only saves your soul…it also cleanses your conscience! Some of you thought you had to deal with that the rest of your life!

• It could very well be this morning, that some of us need to forgive ourselves instead of God forgiving us

II. “Am I COMMITTED?” {vs 23}

“…Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

• The language that the author of Hebrews uses here is really interesting…it literally means to do so without wavering

The Message Bible puts it this way, “Heb 10:23 Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going. He always keeps his word.”

• What does it take to waiver from our faith in the Lord?

The wrong circumstance

The right image/person

A certain promotion

• We are reminded of the example that we have in Jesus…talk about unwaivering faith!!!

III. “Is there a COMRADERY?” {vs 24, 25}

“…And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching..."

• Did you know that we are all in this together? We are expected to encourage each other spiritually

• Let me ask an honest question this morning…are you a spiritual encouragement to the people whom you are around


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