How Shall We Escape If We Neglect Such a Great Salvation?

How Shall We Escape If We Neglect Such a Great Salvation?

Sermon:  Hebrews 2: 1-4

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE IF WE NEGLECT SUCH A GREAT SALVATION?

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Berea Lutheran Church Heb 2:3 Great a salvation

SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

Saturday, July 6 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, July 7 (9 a.m.), 2013

Opening Prayer by Pastor

TLH 281 : The Savior Calls; Let Every Ear Hymnary.org link

The Responsive Reading Of Psalm 28 (Page 129 In Front Of Hymnal)

Responsive Song: Hymn TLH 511 (V 4-5): Jesus Shall Reign Where'er the Sun Hymnary.org link

The Scripture Reading – Hebrews 12: 18-28

            Two important Biblical mountains are contrasted – not in regard to their earthly size or appearance, but in terms of their revelation of the mighty God. On Mount Sinai, God’s Israelite people not only received through Moses the 10 commandments as the revealed will of a holy God; Through both Word and  sensory effects, they were awed and terrified as sinners in the presence of a holy God Who justly demanded holiness of them. Contrast that with Mount Zion (the mountain or hill upon which Jerusalem and the temple were built) as a striking picture of the grace and mercy of a loving God Who has redeemed and reconciled a sinful world to Himself in Christ and Who chooses to dwell among them and us in love.

The Nicene Creed (Page 22 in Hymnal)

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spake by the prophets. And I believe one holy Christian and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

TLH 278 : Delay Not, Delay Not, O Sinner Hymnary.org link

Sermon……………………………………………………….Hebrews 2: 1-4

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE IF WE NEGLECT SUCH A GREAT SALVATION?

Our Gifts for the Lord’s Work

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion

P: What does God tell me about myself in His Holy Word?
C: He says that I am a sinner and deserve only his punishment.

Q: What should I do if I am not aware of my sins or am not troubled by them?
A: I should examine myself according to the Ten Commandments and ask how well I have carried out my responsibilities as a husband or wife or single person, as a parent or child, an employer or employee, a teacher or student. Have I loved God with all my heart, gladly heard his Word, and patiently endured affliction? Have I been disobedient, proud, or unforgiving? Have I been selfish, lazy, envious, or quarrelsome? Have I lied or deceived, taken something not mine, or given anyone a bad name? Have I abused my body or permitted indecent thoughts to linger in my mind? Have I failed to do what is right and good?

Q: When I realize that I have sinned against God and deserve his punishment, what should I do?
A: I will confess before God all my sins, those which I remember, as well as those of which I am unaware. I will pray to God for His mercy and forgiveness.

Q: How do I receive his gracious forgiveness?
A: His word assures me that Jesus led a pure and holy life for me and died on the cross for me to pay the full price for all my sins. Through faith in Jesus, I have been clothed in my Savior’s perfect righteousness and holiness.

Q: What further assurance do I have that Jesus is mine and that I am his?
A: In Holy Communion he gives me his body and blood together with the bread and wine as a truly life-giving food and drink to unite me with him and my fellow believers. By means of this sacrament, Jesus not only forgives my sins but sweeps away all my doubts about his love for me, gives me his own strength to live a God-pleasing life, and grants me a joyful foretaste of heaven.

Q: How can I be sure that I receive all these blessings in the Lord’s Supper?
A: I have his own word spoken as his last will and testament on the night before he died. There he tells me: “Take and eat; this is my body. Drink from it, all of you; this is my blood which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me.”

Q: How will I respond to this priceless gift from Jesus?
A: I will daily thank and praise Him for His love for me. With his help I will fight temptation, do my best to correct whatever wrongs I have done, and serve Him and those around me with love and good works.

Lord Jesus, with joy and gratitude I now come to your table to receive the precious food of your life-giving body and blood. May it strengthen me to remain in you as you remain in me, so that I bear much fruit in devoted service to you and in acts of kindness to others. Amen.

The Absolution and Preparatory Prayer

The Distribution of the Sacrament ( TLH 310 : Thy Table I Approach Hymnary.org link & TLH 385 : Now I Have the Firm Foundation Hymnary.org link )

(Because God’s Word presents the reception of this Sacrament as a most intimate expression of spiritual and confessional fellowship, we ask that only those who have publicly professed such unity with us by membership at Berea or another CLC church come forward. This is not a judgment upon anyone’s faith but rather an expression of ours. Any having questions or seeking a church home are invited to speak with the pastor. We welcome every opportunity to share our faith.)

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Benediction and TLH 505 : O'er the Gloomy Hills of Darkness Hymnary.org link

Silent Prayer and Announcements