Summary: The book of Hebrews is all about Jesus!
LIVING HONORABLY FOR JESUS
-There are some downright crazy people in our world.
-This last week in the news we had…
-A band of atheists from New Jersey who were offended by a 10 commandments monument outside of a Court House in Florida.
-They sued to get the display taken down and told they were allowed to set up their own monument.
-What kind of monument would an atheist put on display?
-A bench. We aren’t sure who the monument is dedicated to, since they don’t believe in any god.
-There were 200 people showed up at the dedication ceremony including one protester with a sign which read “go home Yankees”
-There are a lot of crazy people in our world. They think crazy things, do crazy things, and say crazy things.
-The thing that makes us different as Christians is that we believe in being crazy together! And they think we’re crazy.
-Our Lord Jesus didn’t just save us. He made us into a body; we are connected in a spiritual way because of our common faith.
-He made us into a family; we look after each other and take care of each other because we are brothers and sisters.
-He made us into a winning team; we are working together to defeat a common enemy.
-He made us into an army; we are advancing on the gates of Hades battering down gates and setting prisoners free.
-Jesus placed a great emphasis on his followers living, working, worshipping, and serving together for a common purpose.
-And the first part of Hebrews 13 this morning gives us some insights as to how that looks practically.
-We aren’t just “together in spirit”! Christ actually intended for us to do life together!
LIVE WITH CHRIST’S PEOPLE IN MIND (1-4)
-American Xianity has so emphasized our personal relationship w/Jesus that we sometimes forget Christ’s emphasis on others.
-The world says look out for number 1!
-Jesus said love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.
-The world says it all about me, what makes me happy.
-Jesus said it’s not about you; it’s about serving those around you.
-The world says only do what you are obligated to do for others.
-Jesus said go the extra mile for other people.
-The world teaches the “me first” attitude.
-Jesus said in his Kingdom the first shall be last, & the last first.
-Living with other people in mind is the principle here.
-But our text names a few examples of what that looks like.
13:1 Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters.
-KEEP LOVING EACH OTHER. (VS 1)
-That sounds basic right? Love each other as brother & sisters in…
-In the church family there should be love between us.
-We’ve talked about the different words used for love in Scripture
-Surprisingly, the word that’s used here is not agape love.
-It’s “phileo” which is the family or brotherly love.
-Keep on showing each other…brotherly and sisterly love.
-But Erik, My brother is a total loser.
-Erik, I successfully avoid my sister 364 days a year.