Without a common faith in a common Lord, the modern state is unable to create a truly united community.
Scripture: Hebrews 13:1-7
- In light of all that has gone before we are reminded in Hebrews 13 of some basic responsibilities of believers.
- We are to practice brotherly love and hospitality toward strangers. This love is a product of our love for God.
- For pastors and teachers, loving the body of Christ requires diligent study to accurately apply God’s word.
- We are to take every opportunity to love others, for the glory of God and the good of His people.
- God’s purpose is to create community of believers serving one another and governed by God’s word.
- Submission to God leads to mutual love and service.
- Sentimentalism replaces biblical love with emotion, romanticism, feeling, and niceness.
- Without a common faith in a common Lord, the modern state is unable to create a truly united community.
- Godless man is susceptible to pseudo-community, characterized by envy, exploitation, and sin.
- Disputes about religion too often produce a decay of Christian affection; this must be guarded against.
- As we grow in love for God, we grow in brotherly love.
- We are to excel in hospitality, serving and receiving both brothers and strangers in Christ’s name.
- The ordinary Christian life involves hospitality (Titus 1:7-8).
- The ministries of Westminster exist to exercise hospitality and to fulfill the church’s ministry of compassion.
- We are to identify with those who are facing adversity.
- After all the glorious theology of Hebrews, the application for the mission and vision of the church is to show kindness and compassion to others.
- We are to build community, preparing to share burdens as members of the body face adversity.
- State “compassion” is a socially approved impersonal political virtue.
- Christian compassion is based on incorporating people into the community of Christ and serving them in love.
- Godly marriage, marital sex, and the family itself must be honoured as God-ordained institutions.
- Paganism rejects marriage, idealizing asceticism.
- The Christian life is marked by contentment knowing that the future rests in the hands of our generous God.
- God is with us in life and in death and forever.
- Pastoral and teaching ministry are a fearful privilege.
- We are to imitate the faith of those who are in leadership, and those who have died for the faith.
- We must each do our best within our areas of responsibility and service, love one another, and let God do the rest. He will build His church.
- What is the significance of loving our brothers according to 1 John 2:7-11? How will the world know that we are Christ’s disciples according to John 13:35?
- How can we increasingly host unbelievers in our home?
- In hospitality how can we be less worried about our pride, and more concerned about serving the needs of others?
- Contrast Christian community with pseudo-community.
- Contrast Christian compassion with state compassion.
- Do we give Christian service priority in our lives?
- Are we as Christians known as people of compassion and charity? How can we take back our role?
- What is the basis of Christian contentment?