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Radio transcript for the week of May 22, 2016

Harold Bigham preaches on "Let Us" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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Lesson:
"Let Us" is a common phrase in the book of Hebrews. It implies more than one person. The writer of the book shows the power and usefulness of striving together. We are not an island of ourselves.

  1. Let us Labor - Let us be Active

    Hebrews 4:11, "Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief."

    The Hebrew writer encourages Christians to be active and work in Christ. We must be useful and not useless. The one talent man was condemned by the Master for being useless. He thought that he could dig a hole into the ground and bury his talent but he was wrong. He did not use his talents and he was condemned of his inactivity.

    Matthew 25:14-30 states, "For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

    1 Corinthians 15:58, "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."

    Philippians 1:27, "Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel."

    An active christian is a happy christian, always rejoicing in the growth of the Kingdom of Christ.

  2. Let us Come Boldly to the Throne of Grace - Let us Pray

    Hebrews 4:16, "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."

    Christians have the power of prayer during times of discouragement. When times are good or when times are bad, the christian can approach the mighty throne of the grace of God through prayer.

    James writes, James 5:13-18, "Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit."

    Paul stated the consistent approach that a Christian has toward prayer. 1 Thessalonians 5:17, "Pray without ceasing."

  3. Let us Provoke One Another - Let us Encourage

    Hebrews 10:24, "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works"

    Keep the fire going! If you have a fire in the fireplace, you can turn the logs to keep the fire going! Likewise Christians are to provoke or stir or keep the fire going in our hearts and minds. The Hebrew writer wrote that Christians are to encourage each other.

    One way this can occur is by attendance at the assemblies. Hebrews 10:25, "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." What does my willful absence say to others? It speaks volumes.

    Encouragement is needed to keep us motivated. The school teacher encourages the student when a good job was done on the test. Likewise, Christians motivate each other by encouragement and praying one for another.

Conclusion:
Do you want to be part of the "US" that the Hebrew writer speaks of? Have you obeyed the Gospel of Christ? The Bible states that we can obey the gospel and be added to the Lord's body by the Lord himself. Hear the gospel (Romans 10:17) ; Have faith (Mark 16:16); Repent of your sins (Luke 13:3,5); Confess the dear name of Christ (Romans 10:9-10) and be baptized to wash away your sins (Acts 2:38). We then meet the grace of Almighty God (Ephesians 2:8). Be faithful even until you die for the Lord (Revelation 2:10) so that Heaven can be your eternal reward.

Thank you my friend for studying the Bible with us today and may God bless you as you continue to read and study the Bible.

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