However, I have been busy! In the Evangelical Presbyterian church I am attending, I am enjoying four different Bible inputs and doing homework for them. The women's Bible study is on 1 Corinthians. Another group I am attending is going through David Jeremiah's Spiritual Warfare. I am also in a David Ramsey class on money management. In addition I attend an adult Sunday School class on Amos.
The sixth chapter of Theological Fitness: Why We Need a Fighting Faith is called "Jesus Is Lord". The ideas correspond with David Jeremiah's Spiritual Warfare.
1. Why did Christ have to suffer? Look for answers in Hebrews and elsewhere in Scripture.
How else could Christ take our punishment that God requires for our sins?
2. In what ways do we sometimes behave as if Christ's work on the cross weren't complete? Why is our theology important here?
We think that our works can get us into heaven. But that is not how Scripture and theology explains it. We are justified by Christ's death if He has called us to be his own.
3. How does the affirmation that Christ is sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding affect the way that we pray?
We have a personal advocate praying for us! I have often asked for friends to pray lately with my selling the house that my late husband and I lived in and with my exhausting downsizing and move. But how more glorious that there is One on the throne in heaven praying for me where a home is being prepared for me (Hebrews 11:16.
4. How does your theology of Christ's covenant community influence the way that you may worship?
Aimee emphasizes Hebrews 10:23-25 in this book. We are not to neglect the assembling of ourselves together.
How would it affect your everyday life outside of the church?
My faith is an everyday experience--not just for one day a week. This spills over with my talking about my faith with others.
5. Maybe, as Protestants, we don't talk about the priesthood enough. Why is this an important office to learn about? How does the book of Hebrews help us to understand this better? What does it teach us about God?
Hebrews 7 refers to this--Christ is our forever priest (vs. 21) and verse 24 says that His priesthood is forever. 1 Peter 2:9 says You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
6. Read Hebrews 13:20. How does this benediction summarize some of our confessions from Psalm 100? Verses 20 and 21 is a prayer for the Hebrews:
Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the death, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Psalm 100 tells us to enter His gates (church) and to realize we are His people. Therefore we can:
Make a joyful shout to the LORD . . .
We are the sheep of his pasture.