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August 16, 2020 Sunday School: More Than Qualified! - Pastor Perry Windecker

Instructions: Read through the lesson below (if you are in a group take turns reading). Then have a discussion, possible questions are included at the end. If you are alone, try to pair up with others in a small group though texting or even a phone call.

Lesson

Scripture

“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20-21 NIV).

As I set here reading these passages in the lobby of the Mayo Clinic waiting for an appointment, I wonder, “How do we know a doctor is qualified to do what they do. How is it that we know that Mr. Smith or Mrs. Jones is really qualified to advise me on my health, or preform a delicate surgical procedure that could have long lasting consequences?” Well it’s simple. They have a title; the title of doctor tells us they are qualified. Now we all know that since we live in a broken world that analogy is not perfect. There are people out there with the Dr. in front of their name that are not as good as others. However, it is still valid for the point I am making here.


In these passages, the writer of Hebrews is writing about doing something in you. He is talking about you being equipped, taught, matured, and prepared so that you can do the “will” of God. Yes, that is the core of these passages. The action and the application is that He is sanctifying and transforming you into the human that He intended you to be. He is making you more Christlike as it pleases Him until He is complete in you.


The rest of these passages are just giving us God’s qualification to do these things in us. Now the writer could have just said God, or Lord-Jesus, or Jesus-Christ. Those are all qualifiers in themselves for us who know Him and have a relationship with Him. But the writer wanted us to see a few other qualifications here.


The writer is trying to tell us more about God, and Christ. The enthronement of Christ over God’s people.[1] The fact that Christ’s death and resurrection inaugurated a new eternal covenant.[2] And that Jesus is the only one capable of perfecting us as believers and worshipers.[3] The Shepard, the God of peace, the overcomer of death, the equipper perfecter, and the bringer of covenants for eternity. Wow! That is a lot packed into just two verses. And the writer still had room to praise and give all the glory to God in a doxology.


So, we can see that God is more than qualified to bring about these sanctifying and transforming changes in you and me. To make us more Christlike, more human, more fully human as we were intended to be. To lead us and guide us, equipping us for His will through Jesus Christ.


Questions

1. Do you want to know God’s will?


2. Do you want to do God’s will?


3. Who is preparing you for this and what are you doing to enable or impede this?


[1] Kevin L. Anderson, Hebrews: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition, ed. Alex Varughese, Roger Hahn, and George Lyons, New Beacon Bible Commentary (Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2013), 360. [2] Ibid, 360 [3] Ibid, 360

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