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THE GREATER COVENANT AND OUR GREAT HIGH PRIEST
Hebrews 8

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Most of us have entered into some kind of contract at some point in our lives. Some of them are not so significant. We have phone contracts and cable contracts that change constantly without having much impact on our lives. Others are more significant. If you rent an apartment or own a home, then you have contracted with the owners or with the bank for a place to live. If you are married, then you have entered into contract or covenant with your spouse. These contracts are an important part of our lives. But nothing is more important than the contract that we have with the Lord. The Bible calls this a covenant and points to its significance throughout. If you want to be in right relationship with God, then you must be part of the new covenant through faith in Jesus. There is nothing more significant that this.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 December 2016 )
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Hebrews 7: The Greater Priesthood and our Great High Priest Print E-mail

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Most people will admit that they are not perfect. Many will even call their mistakes Ďsin.í Some recognize that they have actually sinned against God. Yet, far too many of those think that they can pay for their own sins and make things right between them and God by doing good deeds or not being as sinful as other people. In this way they can earn Godís forgiveness for their sins. But the Bible does not teach men to work to pay for their sins. For the Bible considers this to be an impossibility. We could never work enough to earn forgiveness. Rather, the Bible points to our desperate need for God to do something for us to forgive us and save us. What we cannot do for ourselves, He must do through His mercy and grace.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 December 2016 )
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Hebrews 6:9-20: Hear the Encouragement Print E-mail

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What you need this morning, perhaps more than anything else, is a right understanding of God. Whatever troubles you brought in the door or whatever ones you might have to face when you leave, what you need is good theology. Your doctrine of God is the most important thing about you. Or as Tozer so famously said it: ďWhat comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.Ē But do we really believe that? Do we approach life theologically? Do we let the truth of God as He has revealed Himself in the Word and ultimately through Jesus Christ serve as the filter through which we see all of life? Is what we believe about God the lense through which we see the world?

Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 November 2016 )
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Hebrews 5:11-6:8: Heed the Warning Print E-mail

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Most of the people that I talk with in our city tell me that they are Christians. When we used to go from house to house, knocking on doors and sharing the gospel with folks, almost everyone of them claimed to be followers of Jesus. They would talk about an experience they had with a local church or at a camp or during a difficult season in their life and conclude that they became a Christian then. If we went on to ask them about how their relationship with Jesus was impacting their life on a daily basis now, we would often get some strange looks. Many would admit that they were not involved in church and even say that they should be, but they saw no real concern for their souls in that fact. They had an experience with Jesus and that made them a Christian. How would you respond in that situation? What would you say to the individual who claimed to be a Christian but had no real evidence of following Jesus in their life?

Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 November 2016 )
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Hebrews 4:14-5:10: He Suffers With Us Print E-mail

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The book of Hebrews teaches us much about our Savior. We have seen that He is truly God. He is the heir of all things (1:2) and the world was created through Him. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature (1:3). He is greater than angels and the revelation that He brought is greater than theirs (1:1-2:9). He is also truly man. He was made like his brothers in every respect (2:17). He is greater than Moses as the Son (3:1-5) and Joshua as the Savior (4:1-13). He is the prophet who has spoken Godís Word to us in these last days (1:1). He is the King whose throne is forever (1:8) and who sits at Godís right hand (1:13). And He is the merciful and faithful high priest, who gave Himself to pay for our sins (2:17). It is this last office, the office of High Priest, that the author of Hebrews will now focus on for the next several chapters of the book (4:14-10:18). The author wants his readers to see that just as Jesus is greater than angels and greater than Moses and Joshua, so is He greater than the Levitical priesthood.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 November 2016 )
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Hebrews 4:1-13: Jesus' Rest is Better Print E-mail

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We were created for rest. Our bodies are desperate for it and our minds need it as well. When God created us, He rested on the seventh day. God did not do this because He was tired from all of His work of creating the universe. He rested because His work was complete. We were created to rest as well. Of course, our need for rest greatly increased due to sin, but even before that we were created to rest. When God rescued His people out of Egypt He commanded them to rest on the seventh day, or the sabbath. They were to conclude each week with rest and worship, mirroring Godís rest after creation. Part of the promise for the Promised Land was a promise of rest from all of Israelís surrounding enemies (see Deuteronomy 12:10, fulfilled in Joshua 21:43-45). The whole story of our redemption involves the theme of God giving rest to His people (as we will consider more fully tonight). We were created for it.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 November 2016 )
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