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Pressing on to Perfection

TEXT: Heb. 6:1-3

INTRODUCTION:

A. LEAVING THE DOCTRINE OF FIRST PRINCIPLES

1. Some merely stand on the rim they never hike in.

2. Some merely become members never walk far into that newness of life.

B. WE NEED TO LEARN THE FIRST PRINCIPLES THEN PROCEDE FURTHER.

I. GOD EXPECTS US TO GROW (2 Pet. 3:18).

A. NEW IN CHRIST BABIES.

1. Born again (1 Pet. 1:3, 23; John 3:3-5).

2. Raised with what expectations? (Rom. 6:3-4; 2 Cor. 5:17).

3. Special Diet (1 Pet. 2:1-2; Heb. 5:13; Acts 20:32).

4. Guardians (Eph. 4:11-12). For what purpose?

a. Strength and Independence. (vs. 12-14).

b. Usefulness in his cause (vs. 15-16).

B. SO WE GROW. HOW?

1. Proper diet (Heb. 5:11-14) Repetitions (Psa. 1:1-2).

2. Exercise (Heb. 5:14) Repetitions (1 Tim. 4:7-8).

3. Eliminate poisons (1 Pet. 2:1-2; Phil. 4:8; Col. 2:9-10).

C. WHAT IF WE DONT EXERCISE? Pleasure in accomplishment.

D. WHAT IF WE ONLY FEED ON MOTHERS MILK? Other wonderful foods.

II. THE PROBLEM OF HEBREWS 6.

A. JESUS PRESENTED AS OUR HIGH PRIEST.

1. Function of the priest (Heb. 5:1-3).

a. Offerings for sin.

b. Compassionate and understanding of ignorant and erring,

also victimized by sin (1 Cor. 10:12). Jesus (Heb. 4:15).

c. offers not only for the people, but himself Jesus (Heb. 7:26-28)..

2. Appointment by God (Heb. 5:4-6).

a. Not by self Gods chosen.

b. After the order of Melchizedek (Psa. 110:4; Heb. 7).

B. THE SUBMISSION OF JESUS (Heb. 5:7-9).

1. The prayer Let this cup not my will, but thine (Mark 14:32-36).

a. Did God hear him? Yes! And his answer was yes.

b. What was the prayer? Thy will be done.

c. What was Gods will? (John 3:16; Acts 2:22-23).

2. Learned obedience through his death (Phil. 2:5-8).

C. NOW LETS TALK ABOUT MELCHIZEDEK I Oops! (Heb. 5:11).

1. Not enough foundation Babes? No! (Heb. 10:32-34). 30 YEARS!!!

2. Not enough interest Dull of hearing! No appreciation (Heb. 10:28-30).

D. FOR WHEN BY REASON BUT UNFRUITFUL (John 15:1-2).

1. Duties of service includes teaching (Heb. 5:12-14).

2. Includes exercise of other talents (Rom. 12:4-8).

E. THE RESULT APOSTASY!

(Heb. 2:1, 3; 3:12-13; 3:18-4:1; 6:4-6: 10:25-31; 10:35-39).

III. PERSUADED OF BETTER THINGS.

A. PROGRESS FROM MILK TO MEAT 1st PRINCIPLES TO PERFECTION.

B. THEIR PAST ZEAL (Heb. 6:9-12).

C. HOPE AS AN ANCHOR (Heb. 6:13-19).

1. Born of trust (Heb. 11).

2. His oath and promise (Heb. 6:17-19).

D. ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS (Heb. 12:1-2).

1. Every weight things of the world (Matt. 6:24).

2. And the sin (Heb. 12:14).

3. Mind the things of the spirit.

CONCLUSION:

A. SOME ARE TOO YOUNG IN THE FAITH. ARE YOU WELL GROUNDED?

B. ARE YOU PRESSING ON TO PERFECTION?