Our Great Shepherd

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Hebrews 13:20-21

Message recorded 1 June 2014

John Dugas – Grace Bible Church Tulsa

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We started our Bibles to Hebrews chapter 13 Hebrews 13 this morning will be looking at verses 20 and 21 as we have looked at for a few years now.  The book of Hebrews.  We is seen throughout the book, especially in recent days as we look at it Hebrews 13 that these Jewish brothers and sisters have a tall order to fill just in chapter 13 alone.  We as saying that they are called to being believer priest to carry out to offer spiritual sacrifices to God.  They are to offer up sacrifices of praise of doing good in share 13.  We've seen how they are called to love the brethren to be content with what God has given them to keep their marriage is holy.  They are called to imitate their past leaders once you have already gone to be with Christ, and they've been called to submit to their current leaders and throughout the book.  We've seen that they are being called to gain back to growing in their Christian life they had done well at first the news that kind of worn out and become weary in have not been growing.  They are called persevere and suffering that suffered a lot of the Pakistani there may be days coming where they will suffer a lot again how the world are they supposed to do will just really touched on a few things will never calls believers to operate in their own power.  Think about the Philippian of the Philadelphian church in Revelation 3 there were told that they have a little power.  These Hebrew Christians are like that little power and that's not enough, they can do this by themselves Jesus there in Revelation 3 calls the Philadelphians to to hold fast what they've been doing, but several times.  The Lord Jesus himself promises that he will be working in because that's how it's going to be accomplished is not through their own power trying to just hold on and hold fast Jesus will be working in them, and so our author praise for God.  Now, at this point in the letter to work in his people.  These Jewish believers and we see that this benediction in verses 20 and 21 sounds a lot like Paul's words in Philippians 2 verses 12 and 13 lot of you have memorized where Paul tells them work out your salvation with fear and trembling for it is God who is at work with immunity see how you work out for God is working both to will and to work for his good pleasure.  You see a lot of parallels there in this benediction like you to follow with me now as I read from Hebrews 13 verse 20, 21 them in a God of peace, who brought from the dad the great shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant Jesus our equip you in every good thing to do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever.  Amen.  This benediction as they typically do closes out officially closes out this letter another as a postscript, and look at that next time.  And just to give you a heads up postscripts tend to not be all that exciting is not a lot in now so you do also.  It will cover those verses, but would go back over the letter and to try to give us all of the high level view of Hebrews because Hebrews is a tough book and it almost everybody who's ever read.  He had tried to study it talks about how difficult it is just to try to get your mind wrapped around his only want to do is give us the high level overview what is the book about as we look back on Aaron and to give you an outline high level outline just a few points that you can have something to to hang things on so that hopefully you'll be able to that we will all be able to use the book in our lives know where to go for the truth.  We need in our own Christian lives, and also as we use it in the lives of others, so I encourage you make sure you're here.  If you're able to the message today is this since God worked mightily in raising Jesus up from the dead the author now praise for God to also worked mightily in these Christians so they could do God's will.  Let's break it down first.  He reflects upon how God worked mightily in raising Jesus from the dead look at that verse 20 he reflects on how God worked mightily in raising Jesus from the dead, but begin with here in verse 20 now many God of peace who brought from the dead, the great shepherd of the sheep through the blood eternal covenant Jesus benedictions in the New Testament tend to be brief but there always packed with so much truth there so rich and with the author does here.  First off is in this benediction as he arrests their minds very quickly exited what I want to do is I'm grabbing your mind and what you focus here on our great God, I need to get you thinking because there's so much that I've given you to do something latter and they have big problems how we going to to do all of this is is okay, first of all I need you to get your minds focused on the one who is actually going to make it happen, and so we have at the very beginning here in invocation, where he calls upon he invokes the Lord now may the God of peace

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