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Life Together: Encourage One Another (Hebrews 2:13-14)

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We desperately need the intentional encouragement of one another to run the race of the Christian life well.

The message was given on July 21, 2013 at New City Church in Calgary by Pastor John Ferguson. For more info, go to www.NewCityChurch.ca.

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Life Together: Encourage One Another (Hebrews 2:13-14)

  1. 1. Today’s Scripture: Hebrews 3:12-13 Pages 1002 in our guest Bibles.
  2. 2. KNOW YOURSELF “ ”
  3. 3. Why it is that of all the billions and billions of strange objects in the cosmos—novas, quasars, pulsars, black holes— YOU are beyond doubt the strangest?
  4. 4. “We knowers are unknown to ourselves...” Friedrich Nietzsche German Philosopher
  5. 5. God cannot give us peace and happiness APART from Himself because there is NO such thing. ~ CS Lewis Mere Christianity
  6. 6. “ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER” Hebrews 3:12-13 Looking out for One Another
  7. 7. Take care, brothers, lest there be in Hebrews 3:12 in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God....
  8. 8. “Above all else GUARD your HEART, for it is the wellspring of life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23, NIV
  9. 9. SINFUL HEART UNBELIEVING HEART TURNING AWAY HEART HARDENED HEART
  10. 10. But exhort one another every day, Hebrews 3:13 as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
  11. 11. “The heart is DECEITFUL above all things....” ~ Jeremiah 17:9
  12. 12. But exhort one another every day, Hebrews 3:13 as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
  13. 13. We desperately need the intentional encouragement of one another to run the race well.
  14. 14. Answer the question: Be SUSPICIOUS of YOURSELF 1
  15. 15. “The seeds of every known sin lay dormant in our hearts.” ~ Robert Murray McCheyne (1813-1843)
  16. 16. “We would all like to think that no one knows our hearts better than we do. We would like to believe that others may be self-deceived, but we are not. It’s simply not true. Since sin is in its essence deceptive, as long as sin lives in our hearts, we will tend to be blind to the true condition of our hearts. Paul Tripp Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands
  17. 17. “But more must be said. Not only will we be blind to our hearts, but we will be blind to our blindness, thinking we see when we really don’t.” Paul Tripp Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands
  18. 18. 2 Live close to Jesus AND His people
  19. 19. 3 Pursue & invite accountability
  20. 20. “I like the idea of accountability-- in the lives of other people.”
  21. 21. “...personal insight is the product of community. I need you in order to really see and know myself. Otherwise, I will listen to my own arguments, believe my own lies, and buy into my own delusions...”
  22. 22. “My self- perception is as accurate as a carnival mirror. If I am going to see myself clearly, I need you to hold the mirror of God’s Word in front of me.”
  23. 23. Are you regularly informing others of your tempta- tions and sins, or do you present to them a carefully edited and flattering version of yourself?
  24. 24. “The Cream Cheese Story”
  25. 25. rubyblossom: http://www.flickr.com/photos/16215823@N06/6085939488/ JD Hancock: http://www.flickr.com/photos/83346641@N00/6023780563/ flickr images courtesy of: other: photos.com: Darran Barton / 147266096

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