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   The Believer's Life of Faith
   Hebrews 11:1-3, 11-16; Romans 4
Sunday Morning Service,  October 9, 2016
 
Most people today do not know the joy and peace that comes from living by faith. Outside of the church, there is much strange thinking about the subject of faith. It is treated as a noun instead of a verb. Faith is an action word and it is always linked with obedience. We are living in an age when it is assumed that faith means nothing in the realities of contemporary life. It is a greater tragedy when the believer in passivity fails to trust God to the point of personal and active involvement in the life of faith. Romans 14:23 reminds us that whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Our lifestyle must arise out of a genuine trust in God or it will be categorized as sinful.

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   A Sacrifice of Praise
   Hebrews 13:15
Sunday Morning Service,  November 30, 2014
 
When we consider giving thanks to God, there are several words that may come to mind, such as praise, worship, and sing. We probably do not think of the word sacrifice. Yet this is precisely the word the writer of Hebrews uses when he calls upon us to “offer up a sacrifice of praise to God.” Why does he use the expression sacrifice of praise? And how do we obey this call as we walk with the Lord?

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   A Prayer for Perfection
   Hebrews 13:20–21
Sunday Morning Service,  July 27, 2014
The author of Hebrews punctuates this marvelous letter of exhortation with an earnest prayer that God would bless his people with all of the benefits provided for them through the Son. In short, the author prays: “May the God of peace who raised Jesus make you perfect through Jesus!” In this great benediction we recognize two essential components that are necessary for us to have the eternal, life-giving blessings that come through knowing the Lord Jesus.

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   Final Admonitions
   Hebrews 13:18–19, 23–25
Sunday Morning Service,  July 20, 2014
As the writer of Hebrews nears the end of his letter, his personal relationship with the believers who are reading it becomes evident as he begins to appeal to them about how to behave as they await his arrival. Though they may seem incidental, these final admonitions speak volumes to us about how we should behave as the church.

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   The Right Kind of Love – Part 5
   Hebrews 13:1–17
Sunday Morning Service,  July 6, 2014
When we learn to worship God “acceptably” (Heb 12:28), we also learn to love God properly; and when we learn to love God properly, then we learn to love what God loves in the way we should love it. In the final major section of this letter the author of Hebrews challenges us not only to have the right object of love, but also to have the right kind of love in three vital areas.

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   The Right Kind of Love – Part 4
   Hebrews 13:1–17
Sunday Morning Service,  June 22, 2014
When we learn to worship God “acceptably” (Heb 12:28), we also learn to love God properly; and when we learn to love God properly, then we learn to love what God loves in the way we should love it. In the final major section of this letter the author of Hebrews challenges us not only to have the right object of love, but also to have the right kind of love in three vital areas.

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   New Covenant Giving - Part 2d: Old and New Covenant Giving
   Hebrews 13; Hebrews 8; 2 Corinthians 9:6-14
Sunday Morning Service,  June 15, 2014
 
“God loves a cheerful giver,” Paul tells us (2 Cor 9:7). But various opinions about when we should give, how much we should give, and to whom we should give threaten to make us “confused” givers. In Part 2 of this brief series we will examine the Old and New Testament texts on giving to discover what the Bible says our giving should look like as New Covenant People of God.

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   Defining Worship: Knowing God
   Psalm 29; Hebrews 12:28
Sunday Afternoon Service,  June 8, 2014
If we are going to think with discernment about worship, then we must first determine what worship is. The worship of God’s people is illustrated for us in Psalm 29, at the very juncture where the worshipers cry, “Glory!” Yet we can worship as this psalm suggests only when we meet two qualifications that are implied in the definition of worship: first, we must know the God whom we worship.

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   Introduction: So What's the Big Deal?
   Genesis 2:7-8, 15; John 4:23; Hebrews 12:28
Sunday Afternoon Service,  June 1, 2014
Bombarded with so many varying views and attitudes about the church’s worship, its format and music and style, it is easy for us to become apathetic about this important area of our Christian walk. “Why bother?” we wonder, and resign to our own opinion. If we take a closer look, however, we will realize that the issue of how we worship is of great significance and deserves our attention for at least three important reasons.

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   The Right Kind of Love – Part 3
   Hebrews 13:1–17
Sunday Morning Service,  May 4, 2014
When we learn to worship God “acceptably” (Heb 12:28), we also learn to love God properly; and when we learn to love God properly, then we learn to love what God loves in the way we should love it. In the final major section of this letter the author of Hebrews challenges us not only to have the right object of love, but also to have the right kind of love in three vital areas.

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   The Right Kind of Love – Part 2
   Hebrews 13:1–17
Sunday Morning Service,  April 27, 2014
When we learn to worship God “acceptably” (Heb 12:28), we also learn to love God properly; and when we learn to love God properly, then we learn to love what God loves in the way we should love it. In the final major section of this letter the author of Hebrews challenges us not only to have the right object of love, but also to have the right kind of love in three vital areas.

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   The Right Kind of Love – Part 1
   Hebrews 13:1–17
Sunday Morning Service,  April 6, 2014
When we learn to worship God “acceptably” (Heb 12:28), we also learn to love God properly; and when we learn to love God properly, then we learn to love what God loves in the way we should love it. In the final major section of this letter the author of Hebrews challenges us not only to have the right object of love, but also to have the right kind of love in three vital areas.

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   Acceptable Worship - Part 5
   Hebrews 12:18–29
Sunday Morning Service,  March 30, 2014
The author of Hebrews calls upon believers not only to be faithful to God, but most importantly to draw near to God in worship. In this wonderful text which draws together many of the theological themes of Hebrews, we are exhorted to “come to God” (vv. 18, 22), not to “refuse him” (v. 25), but to offer to God “acceptable worship” (v. 28). What is “acceptable” worship?

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   Acceptable Worship - Part 4
   Hebrews 12:18–29
Sunday Morning Service,  March 23, 2014
The author of Hebrews calls upon believers not only to be faithful to God, but most importantly to draw near to God in worship. In this wonderful text which draws together many of the theological themes of Hebrews, we are exhorted to “come to God” (vv. 18, 22), not to “refuse him” (v. 25), but to offer to God “acceptable worship” (v. 28). What is “acceptable” worship?

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   Acceptable Worship - Part 3
   Hebrews 12:18–29
Sunday Morning Service,  March 9, 2014
The author of Hebrews calls upon believers not only to be faithful to God, but most importantly to draw near to God in worship. In this wonderful text which draws together many of the theological themes of Hebrews, we are exhorted to “come to God” (vv. 18, 22), not to “refuse him” (v. 25), but to offer to God “acceptable worship” (v. 28). What is “acceptable” worship?

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   Acceptable Worship - Part 2
   Hebrews 12:18–29
Sunday Morning Service,  February 23, 2014
The author of Hebrews calls upon believers not only to be faithful to God, but most importantly to draw near to God in worship. In this wonderful text which draws together many of the theological themes of Hebrews, we are exhorted to “come to God” (vv. 18, 22), not to “refuse him” (v. 25), but to offer to God “acceptable worship” (v. 28). What is “acceptable” worship?

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   Acceptable Worship - Part 1
   Hebrews 12:18–29
Sunday Morning Service,  February 16, 2014
The author of Hebrews calls upon believers not only to be faithful to God, but most importantly to draw near to God in worship. In this wonderful text which draws together many of the theological themes of Hebrews, we are exhorted to “come to God” (vv. 18, 22), not to “refuse him” (v. 25), but to offer to God “acceptable worship” (v. 28). What is “acceptable” worship?

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   Peace and Holiness – Part 3
   Hebrews 12:14–17
Sunday Morning Service,  February 9, 2014
In Hebrews 12:13–14 the author encourages the church to stay in the race by keeping their feet on the path of righteousness so that they may have healing. But now the author begins to show them what righteousness and healing look like, first by admonishing them to urgently pursue peace and holiness. These two virtues go hand in hand: for the church cannot have true peace without holiness; nor can the church have true holiness without peace. How does the church pursue these dual virtues? By looking out for one another, watching carefully for three damaging problems.

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   Peace and Holiness – Part 2
   Hebrews 12:14–17
Sunday Morning Service,  February 2, 2014
In Hebrews 12:13–14 the author encourages the church to stay in the race by keeping their feet on the path of righteousness so that they may have healing. But now the author begins to show them what righteousness and healing look like, first by admonishing them to urgently pursue peace and holiness. These two virtues go hand in hand: for the church cannot have true peace without holiness; nor can the church have true holiness without peace. How does the church pursue these dual virtues? By looking out for one another, watching carefully for three damaging problems.

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   Peace and Holiness – Part 1
   Hebrews 12:14–17
Sunday Morning Service,  January 26, 2014
In Hebrews 12:13–14 the author encourages the church to stay in the race by keeping their feet on the path of righteousness so that they may have healing. But now the author begins to show them what righteousness and healing look like, first by admonishing them to urgently pursue peace and holiness. These two virtues go hand in hand: for the church cannot have true peace without holiness; nor can the church have true holiness without peace. How does the church pursue these dual virtues? By looking out for one another, watching carefully for three damaging problems.

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   Getting Back in the Race
   Hebrews 12:12–13
Sunday Morning Service,  January 19, 2014
Having admonished the believers in several ways to endure the course given to them by God, the author now summarizes how they are to run, calling them back into the race. This brief text contains three exhortations which summarize the Lord’s call to us as a church to run in a way that is pleasing to him.

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   Disciplined by Our Loving Father
   Hebrews 12:3–11
Sunday Morning Service,  January 12, 2014
Like the original recipients of this letter, we may wonder why God allows us to suffer hardship and persecution in the “race set before us” (12:1). But the author again urges us to endure, this time by reminding us of the lesson from Proverbs 3:11–12 which corrects our view of reality: God is not a cruel tyrant punishing his followers; he is a loving father disciplining and training his children. Looking at our struggle as a father-child relationship teaches us at least three profound truths about the discipline of our loving Father.

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   How to Run with Endurance
   Hebrews 12:1-2
Sunday Morning Service,  January 5, 2014
When we begin a new year, we never know what course the Lord, in His divine providence, will place before us. Yet the author of Hebrews tells us how to run our course with endurance.

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   Looking unto Jesus
   Hebrews 12:1–3
Sunday Morning Service,  December 1, 2013
As his crowning example of persevering faith, the author urges us to look to our Savior, Jesus Christ, who is both the founder and finisher of our faith. For not only does Jesus become the object of our faith, but he also shows us what it means to live by faith. Why do we “look unto Jesus” according to this text?

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   Of Whom the World Was Not Worthy
   Hebrews 11:32-40
Sunday Morning Service,  November 24, 2013
At the climax of this great chapter, the writer magnifies those who have persevered through faith with the words, “Of whom the world was not worthy.” Who are these faithful believers, and how do they encourage our own faith in God’s promises?

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   Faith and Separation
   Hebrews 11:29–31
Sunday Morning Service,  November 3, 2013
The drowning of the Egyptians and the destruction of Jericho highlight a reality which has been present throughout the entire chapter: those who identify with God through faith stand in remarkable contrast to those who do not. Living in the real world means that we should notice a distinct difference between our lives and the lives of those around us. This text in particular highlights at least three ways we are unique.

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   Living in the Real World – Part 2
   Hebrews 11:23-27
Sunday Morning Service,  October 27, 2013
Moses was adopted into a family in which he could have had anything he wanted of this world. But because he chose to live in a different world, the real world, Moses became a living example of the kind of faith God’s family is called to imitate. How do God’s people behave who live in the real world?

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   Living in the Real World – Part 1
   Hebrews 11:23-27
Sunday Morning Service,  October 20, 2013
Moses was adopted into a family in which he could have had anything he wanted of this world. But because he chose to live in a different world, the real world, Moses became a living example of the kind of faith God’s family is called to imitate. How do God’s people behave who live in the real world?

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   Keeping the Passover
   Hebrews 11:28
Sunday Morning Service,  September 29, 2013
The writer of Hebrews draws upon the example of Moses, who by faith observed the Passover and was delivered from the destroying angel (Exod 12). By faith we also observe the Communion table, celebrating the deliverance that the Lord Jesus, our Passover (1 Cor 5:7), provided for us.

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   Living by Promises
   Hebrews 11:17–22
Sunday Morning Service,  September 15, 2013
In Hebrews 11 the author offers several examples of believers who endured trials by their faith in what God had promised. In fact, the Patriarchs in verses 17–22 serve as prime examples living by promises, or walking by faith in what God told them would come to pass. We will first discover how the author uses these four men as examples of living by promises, then consider how we also must live by these same promises today.

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   What Our Worship Means
   Hebrews 12:18-29
Sunday Morning Service,  September 8, 2013
Christian worship tells a story of what the worshipers imagine to be true about their God and what He has done for them. This is why the writer of Hebrews is intensely interested in how believers worship: the new story spoken through the Son (Heb 1:2) requires a new way of worship. What new story is told in the letter to the Hebrews, and how does it affect our worship?

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   The Perfection of Christ and His Family
   Hebrews
Sunday Morning Service,  September 1, 2013
The writer of Hebrews offers us profound claims about the Person and work of Christ (orthodoxy), then calls us to embrace this doctrine through faith and obedience (orthopraxy). Our hearts are stirred when we contemplate what our Lord became in order to save us, and what He is now doing to bring us with him to glory.

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   Obtaining a Happy New Year
   Hebrews 11:32-34
Sunday Morning Service,  December 30, 2012
 
We are facing a New Year - one that will bring new challenges and opportunities. What is it we need to do if we are to be successful, accomplish God’s will in our lives and become all that God wants us to be for His glory? What is it we are to do if we are to be prepared for eternity, overcome spiritual failure and experience victory and power over the adverse circumstances the New Year will bring? Do not miss the eight principles embedded in today’s message.

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   Thanksgiving Day and True Giving of Thanks
   Hebrews 13:15
Special Service,  November 20, 2012
 
Can an unsaved person offer true thanksgiving to God? The writer to the Hebrew Christians answers the question in this text. Only the believer-priest can offer true thanksgiving to God because it requires a right standing before God. Those who are justified by faith alone have this standing. The writer also encourages those who are saved to respond in words of praise and works of compassion as the fruit of a regenerated heart. Christians have to chose to offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually.

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   How to Handle Your Doubts
   John 10:39-40; 11:7-16; 20:28-29; Hebrews 10:23-35; Ephesians 6:10-18
Wednesday Evening Service,  November 14, 2012
Thomas is better recognized by most as Doubting Thomas, but was doubting really a problem for him? His circumstances help us to have victory over doubting our own faith. It is part of human nature to doubt. Witnessing our faith to those who are not saved can at times be very difficult because of the unbeliever's tendency to doubt. The unsaved may first need to see the reality of Christ in your life before they will receive Christ as revealed in the Word of God.

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   Prayer and the Local Church
   Hebrews 10:19-25; Matthew 6:9-13; 18:20; Acts 1:4, 14;
Sunday School,  September 2, 2012
Missionaries, when they are home, often thank the church for praying for them because they are very dependent on praying churches for effectiveness of their ministries in other countries. Many church members fail to recognize that prayer is one of the most important things they can do when they gather together. Some even think that their individual prayers are just as effective as corporate prayer. While their prayers may be effective, they cannot be obedient and avoid gathering together for prayer as did the early church as noted in the book of Acts and in the epistles.

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   Instruction in Prayer
   James 4:1-4; Matthew 6:7-13; Ephesians 6:18; Hebrews 4:14-16
Wednesday Evening Service,  August 29, 2012
Why is it God does not answer my prayers? This is an oft asked question and for the most part the answer is given in James 4:3 – Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss that ye may consume it upon your lusts. God has given us specific instructions as to how we are to pray and even what we should pray. Getting our prayers answered is directly related to praying as God has instructed us in His Word.

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   The Hope of Eternal Life
   Titus 1:1,2; Hebrews 6
Sunday Morning Service,  August 12, 2012
 
This is a message that draws a distinction between those who have a hope of eternal life and those who do not. The basis of the believer's hope is the sure promises of God. Besides the promises, God goes to the extraordinary length of swearing an oath to the truth of his promises. His promise and his oath provide the anchor of the soul as Hebrews 6;19,20 point out.

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   The Place of Prayer in the Christian Life and in the Church
   Jeremiah 33:3; Psalm 109:21, 22; Hebrews 11:6
Sunday School,  August 12, 2012
Prayer is one of the greatest privileges given to God’s people, that of being able to commune with God. It is the conscious experience of humbly coming face to face with God, communicating with Him and declaring our dependence on Him. This is a two part series. Today we will be looking at prayer in the broad perspective for all believers and then narrow it down in the second part to the local church in prayer.

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   Faith Illustrated
   John 20:24-30; Hebrews 11:1-6; Romans 14:23
Wednesday Evening Service,  May 23, 2012
Thomas is the illustration used for this session. He actually demanded to have physical verification of Christ's resurrection before he would believe. When Jesus suddenly appeared, he fell down before Him exclaiming, My Lord and my God. A lot of people claim to have faith but cannot tell you the object of their faith. Faith without an object is no faith at all. In short, faith is simply taking God at His Word and acting upon it. When witnessing to the lost, we ought to ask: What would it take before you will believe and trust Jesus Christ as your own personal Lord and Savior.

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   Introduction to "Living God's Word"
   Hebrews 13:7
Wednesday Evening Service,  May 9, 2012
This lesson explains the summer series for 2012, and shows why the study of church history helps us in our own Christian life.

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   Approaching God
   Leviticus 16; Hebrews 9:22; John 17:19
Sunday Morning Service,  May 6, 2012
 
The book of Leviticus is the heart of the Pentateuch, the first five books in the Holy Word of God. The great Day of Atonement is the theological heart of Leviticus, the most significant act of worship for God’s people, and the most sacred day on Israel’s yearly calendar.

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   The Reality of Angels
   Luke 1:11-20; 26-38; Matthew 1:20-23; 2:13; 18:10; Hebrews 1:14
Sunday School,  December 25, 2011
 
Some people have a problem in believing in that which they cannot see, feel or hear. There are millions of angels, good and bad. Their activity in the Bible provides us much information that helps us to understand their ministry to God's children today. Two major responsibilities revolve around God's glory and God's will. They understand that it is as we choose to do God's will and glorify Him in our lives, that we achieve our greatest happiness and success.

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   Why Jesus Had to Have a Body
   Hebrews 10:5-7; John 1:1-18; Hebrews 1:1-8; 2:14-15; 10:1-14
Sunday Morning Service,  December 11, 2011
 
Christmas can be defined in one word – INCARNATION, which is the union of God with man in one Person. John 3:16 states: God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son. Jesus Christ had to have a body so that He could give that body as the only effective sacrifice for sin and in so doing, accomplish the will of God the Father.

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   Confessions of a Foreigner
   Hebrews 11:13-16
Sunday Morning Service,  October 23, 2011
To confess, as the word is used in this text, means more than to admit to something. To confess is to profess one's deepest beliefs. Based on Gen 23:4, the author of Hebrews deduces several confessions which were made by those waiting for God to fulfill His promises. These ought to be our confessions also, as we journey through this world on the way to our ultimate destination.

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   The Faith of a Pilgrim
   Hebrews 11:8–10
Sunday Morning Service,  August 21, 2011
The story of Abraham is seized upon by the author of Hebrews as a profound example of biblical faith. God calls Abraham to leave all he has ever known of this earth to become a wanderer and a foreigner, to look for a promised homeland which he is never to obtain in his lifetime but through faith. Abraham’s relationship to the things of this earth speaks volumes to us as NT believers about our own posture toward the things of this world and our ultimate hope as we live like pilgrims in this age

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   The Testimony of Biblical Faith – Part 2
   Hebrews 11:1-7
Sunday Morning Service,  August 14, 2011
The author now offers examples of those who had the faith spoken of in verse 1, those who were assured of what they were promised and convicted about what they could not see. He begins with three men who lived before the Flood, who each bore a testimony of righteousness through faith, a testimony that still admonishes us today.

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   The Testimony of Biblical Faith – Part 1
   Hebrews 11:1-7
Sunday Morning Service,  July 31, 2011
The author now offers examples of those who had the faith spoken of in verse 1, those who were assured of what they were promised and convicted about what they could not see. He begins with three men who lived before the Flood, who each bore a testimony of righteousness through faith, a testimony that still admonishes us today.

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   The Essence of Biblical Faith – Part 2
   Hebrews 11:1
Sunday Morning Service,  July 24, 2011
After a magnificent exposition of Jesus as the believer’s High Priest (Heb. 1:1-10:18), the author challenges us to embrace the Lord Jesus by faith, living lives of obedience (10:19-25), sobriety (10:26-31), and endurance (10:32-39). Now he begins to encourage us with examples of believers who did just that—they lived lives of obedience, sobriety, and endurance by faith. But we must understand what faith looks like, which is why we begin our journey through Hebrews 11 by understanding the sphere, function, and implications of biblical faith.

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   The Essence of Biblical Faith – Part 1
   Hebrews 11:1
Sunday Morning Service,  July 17, 2011
After a magnificent exposition of Jesus as the believer’s High Priest (Heb. 1:1-10:18), the author challenges us to embrace the Lord Jesus by faith, living lives of obedience (10:19-25), sobriety (10:26-31), and endurance (10:32-39). Now he begins to encourage us with examples of believers who did just that—they lived lives of obedience, sobriety, and endurance by faith. But we must understand what faith looks like, which is why we begin our journey through Hebrews 11 by understanding the sphere, function, and implications of biblical faith.

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   How Shall We Then Live? - Part 7
   Hebrews 10:19-36
Sunday Morning Service,  July 10, 2011
The central message of Hebrews is that Jesus Christ became our great High Priest, entering into the holy presence of the Father by means of His single sacrifice for our sins, making operational the New Covenant blessings which offer forgiveness and reconciliation with God. Beginning in 10:19, however, the author begins to explain what Jesus’ priestly work means for us as believers in practical terms. Essentially, the author answers the question, “How shall we then live?”

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   How Shall We Then Live? - Part 6
   Hebrews 10:19-36
Sunday Morning Service,  July 3, 2011
The central message of Hebrews is that Jesus Christ became our great High Priest, entering into the holy presence of the Father by means of His single sacrifice for our sins, making operational the New Covenant blessings which offer forgiveness and reconciliation with God. Beginning in 10:19, however, the author begins to explain what Jesus’ priestly work means for us as believers in practical terms. Essentially, the author answers the question, “How shall we then live?”

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   The Doctrine of Salvation: Regeneration and Saving Faith
   Titus 3:5; Hebrews 11:1-3
Sunday School,  July 3, 2011
In this lesson, we look at what the Bible teaches about regeneration and faith. What does the Bible mean by being "born again"? What kind of faith saves, and how does faith save?

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   How Shall We Then Live? - Part 5
   Hebrews 10:19-36
Sunday Morning Service,  June 26, 2011
The central message of Hebrews is that Jesus Christ became our great High Priest, entering into the holy presence of the Father by means of His single sacrifice for our sins, making operational the New Covenant blessings which offer forgiveness and reconciliation with God. Beginning in 10:19, however, the author begins to explain what Jesus’ priestly work means for us as believers in practical terms. Essentially, the author answers the question, “How shall we then live?”

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   The Ministry of the Son of God
   Genesis 18; Luke 14:16-30; Acts; Hebrews; 1 John 2:28-3:1
Sunday School,  June 26, 2011
A ‘ministry’ is an act of service that one performs for the benefit of another. Therefore, to speak of the ‘ministry’ of God the Son is to recognize that that Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, though He is God, has revealed Himself as a servant, a servant of God the Father and a servant on behalf of His own people. We study the ministry of the God the Son as meek and thankful disciples, desiring to follow the example of our Lord who serves us. The ministry of Jesus in traditional Christian theology since the Reformation is comprised of three offices: Prophet, Priest, and King. More recently, however, Millard Erickson (Christian Theology) has suggested that it is more helpful to consider the ministry of Jesus according to the functions of these three offices: Christ as Revealer, Reconciler, and Ruler. Keeping these functions in mind, we will look briefly at the ministry of the Second Person of the Godhead in the Old Testament, the Gospels, the Church, and the Eschaton.

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   How Shall We Then Live? - Part 4
   Hebrews 10:19-36
Sunday Morning Service,  June 19, 2011
The central message of Hebrews is that Jesus Christ became our great High Priest, entering into the holy presence of the Father by means of His single sacrifice for our sins, making operational the New Covenant blessings which offer forgiveness and reconciliation with God. Beginning in 10:19, however, the author begins to explain what Jesus’ priestly work means for us as believers in practical terms. Essentially, the author answers the question, “How shall we then live?”

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   How Shall We Then Live? - Part 3
   Hebrews 10:19-36
Sunday Morning Service,  June 5, 2011
The central message of Hebrews is that Jesus Christ became our great High Priest, entering into the holy presence of the Father by means of His single sacrifice for our sins, making operational the New Covenant blessings which offer forgiveness and reconciliation with God. Beginning in 10:19, however, the author begins to explain what Jesus’ priestly work means for us as believers in practical terms. Essentially, the author answers the question, “How shall we then live?”

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   How Shall We Then Live? - Part 2
   Hebrews 10:19-36
Sunday Morning Service,  May 22, 2011
The central message of Hebrews is that Jesus Christ became our great High Priest, entering into the holy presence of the Father by means of His single sacrifice for our sins, making operational the New Covenant blessings which offer forgiveness and reconciliation with God. Beginning in 10:19, however, the author begins to explain what Jesus’ priestly work means for us as believers in practical terms. Essentially, the author answers the question, “How shall we then live?”

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   Who Is Jesus Christ?
   Matthew 16:13-15; Philippians 2:5-9; Hebrews 1:1-3, 8
Sunday School,  May 22, 2011
Jesus asked, "Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?" Many people have no clue as to the answer of Christ's question because they choose to answer it apart from the only source that reveals the answer - God's Holy Word. There are also a number of different answers by men who were seeking to answer that question, seriously looking for truth. The orthodox answer is that Jesus is one Person. He has a complete human nature and a complete divine nature and yet these two natures can never be mixed, confused, divided, or separated. Jesus Christ is 100% God and 100% man.

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   How Shall We Then Live? - Part 1
   Hebrews 10:19-36
Sunday Morning Service,  May 15, 2011
The central message of Hebrews is that Jesus Christ became our great High Priest, entering into the holy presence of the Father by means of His single sacrifice for our sins, making operational the New Covenant blessings which offer forgiveness and reconciliation with God. Beginning in 10:19, however, the author begins to explain what Jesus’ priestly work means for us as believers in practical terms. Essentially, the author answers the question, “How shall we then live?”

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   The Deity of Christ
   John 1:1; Matthew 11:25-27; Titus 2:3; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-4
Sunday School,  May 8, 2011
The reason the doctrine of the Trinity, though veiled in the Old Testament, comes alive in the New, is the coming of Jesus Christ and His claim to deity. It was essentially the claim of Jesus that He was God which made it necessary for the church to put into workable terminology how it could be true that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are equally God, yet there is only one God. In this lesson we will not so much examine how Jesus is God; instead we will examine the key biblical texts demonstrating to us that Jesus is God.

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   The Finality of Christ’s Sacrifice – Part 3
   Hebrews 10:5-18
Sunday Morning Service,  May 1, 2011
In comparison to the futility of perpetual animal sacrifices in 10:1-4, there is a profound finality in the single sacrifice of Christ, marked by phrases such as “once for all” (10:10), “forever” (10:14) and “no longer” (10:18). Why is the sacrifice of Christ final?

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   The Nature of Being Human and the Origin of the Soul
   1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Corinthians 15:44; Luke 12:4-5; John 5:28-29
Sunday School,  May 1, 2011
There are many questions that surround our humanity, such as who we are, where we came from, what is our purpose, and where are we going. The Bible answers all of these questions. But the Bible also helps us to understand our nature or our substance—of what we consist. The answer to the question of our nature helps to inform our understanding about many other aspects of our Christian life. In this lesson we will look at the three leading views of the nature of humanity and also look briefly at the subject of the origin of the soul.

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   The Finality of Christ’s Sacrifice – Part 2
   Hebrews 10:5-18
Sunday Morning Service,  April 24, 2011
In comparison to the futility of perpetual animal sacrifices in 10:1-4, there is a profound finality in the single sacrifice of Christ, marked by phrases such as “once for all” (10:10), “forever” (10:14) and “no longer” (10:18). Last week we saw that Jesus’ sacrifice is final because it was finally a sacrifice offered in perfect obedience to the Father (10:5-10). This morning, we find a second reason Jesus’ sacrifice was final, and it leads us to behold the empty tomb!

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   The Finality of Christ’s Sacrifice – Part 1
   Hebrews 10:5-18
Sunday Morning Service,  April 17, 2011
In comparison to the futility of perpetual animal sacrifices in 10:1-4, there is a profound finality in the single sacrifice of Christ, marked by phrases such as “once for all” (10:10), “forever” (10:14) and “no longer” (10:18). Why is the sacrifice of Christ final?

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   The Futility of Animal Sacrifices
   Hebrews 10:1-4
Sunday Morning Service,  April 10, 2011
Hebrews 10 climaxes the main theological point of the letter—the superiority of the priesthood and sacrifice of Jesus under the New Covenant in comparison to the priesthood and sacrifices commanded by the Law under the Old Covenant. The author concludes that it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins (10:4). How does he reason to this conclusion?

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   Jesus’ Perfect Sacrifice – Part 2
   Hebrews 9:23-28
Sunday Morning Service,  March 13, 2011
Jesus’ death for our sins was not merely a ‘great’ sacrifice, it was ‘perfect.’ That is, it absolutely completed all that was necessary for our salvation. In this text, the perfection of Jesus’ sacrifice is seen in at least five ways.

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   Jesus’ Perfect Sacrifice – Part 1
   Hebrews 9:23-28
Sunday Morning Service,  March 6, 2011
Jesus’ death for our sins was not merely a ‘great’ sacrifice, it was ‘perfect.’ That is, it absolutely completed all that was necessary for our salvation. In this text, the perfection of Jesus’ sacrifice is seen in at least five ways.

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   The Blood of Christ – Part 2
   Hebrews 9:15-22
Sunday Morning Service,  February 27, 2011
The first half of Hebrews 9 draws a contrast between the blood of bulls and goats brought by priests into the earthly tabernacle, and the work of Christ who entered the heavenly tabernacle with His own blood, securing “eternal redemption.” But what is significant about the “blood” of Christ? Hebrews 9:15-22 offers us three eternal benefits that the blood of Christ accomplished for believers.

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   The Blood of Christ – Part 1
   Hebrews 9:15-22
Sunday Morning Service,  February 20, 2011
The first half of Hebrews 9 draws a contrast between the blood of bulls and goats brought by priests into the earthly tabernacle, and the work of Christ who entered the heavenly tabernacle with His own blood, securing “eternal redemption.” But what is significant about the “blood” of Christ? Hebrews 9:15-22 offers us three eternal benefits that the blood of Christ accomplished for believers.

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   Redemption under the New Covenant – Part 2
   Hebrews 9:11-14
Sunday Morning Service,  February 13, 2011
The author now draws the contrast between religion under the Old Covenant and “eternal redemption” under the New. The place and liturgy of religion under the Old Covenant, elaborate as it was, failed to bring worshipers into God’s presence or to cleanse them eternally from sin (9:1-10). But the place and liturgy of the New Covenant assures us of an infinitely different result, making it imperative that we cling to the Mediator of this New Covenant, the Lord Jesus.

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   Redemption under the New Covenant – Part 1
   Hebrews 9:11-14
Sunday Morning Service,  February 6, 2011
The author now draws the contrast between religion under the Old Covenant and “eternal redemption” under the New. The place and liturgy of religion under the Old Covenant, elaborate as it was, failed to bring worshipers into God’s presence or to cleanse them eternally from sin (9:1-10). But the place and liturgy of the New Covenant assures us of an infinitely different result, making it imperative that we cling to the Mediator of this New Covenant, the Lord Jesus.

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   Religion under the Old Covenant – Part 2
   Hebrews 9:1-10
Sunday Morning Service,  January 16, 2011
To explain how the New Covenant effectively offers eternal forgiveness (8:1-13), the author now details the difference between what took place under the Old Covenant and what has taken place under the New (9:1-10:18). He begins this contrast with a description of the old religious system. As we consider the way the Jews were commanded to worship under the Law, we conclude that a system of worship, no matter how elaborate, can never of itself purge us from sin.

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   Religion under the Old Covenant – Part 1
   Hebrews 9:1-10
Sunday Morning Service,  January 9, 2011
To explain how the New Covenant effectively offers eternal forgiveness (8:1-13), the author now details the difference between what took place under the Old Covenant and what has taken place under the New (9:1-10:18). He begins this contrast with a description of the old religious system. As we consider the way the Jews were commanded to worship under the Law, we conclude that a system of worship, no matter how elaborate, can never of itself purge us from sin.

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   The Efficacy of the New Covenant – Part 3
   Hebrews 8:7-13
Sunday Morning Service,  December 5, 2010
God established a covenant with His people, Israel, by which He invited them into fellowship with Him. Nevertheless, Israel could not keep their end of the covenant. If there was going to be perfect harmony with God, God Himself would have to reconcile His people unconditionally. So God, through His Son, provided a New Covenant. This New Covenant is efficacious because it secures several eternal blessings that God Himself puts into effect for those to whom the covenant is extended.

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   The Efficacy of the New Covenant – Part 2
   Hebrews 8:7-13
Sunday Morning Service,  November 28, 2010
God established a covenant with His people, Israel, by which He invited them into fellowship with Him. Nevertheless, Israel could not keep their end of the covenant. If there was going to be perfect harmony with God, God Himself would have to reconcile His people unconditionally. So God, through His Son, provided a New Covenant. This New Covenant is efficacious because it secures several eternal blessings that God Himself puts into effect for those to whom the covenant is extended.

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   The Efficacy of the New Covenant – Part 1
   Hebrews 8:7-13
Sunday Morning Service,  November 14, 2010
God established a covenant with His people, Israel, by which He invited them into fellowship with Him. Nevertheless, Israel could not keep their end of the covenant. If there was going to be perfect harmony with God, God Himself would have to reconcile His people unconditionally. So God, through His Son, provided a New Covenant. This New Covenant is efficacious because it secures several eternal blessings that God Himself puts into effect for those to whom the covenant is extended.

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   A “More Excellent” Ministry
   Hebrews 8:1-6
Sunday Morning Service,  November 7, 2010
In Hebrews 8, the Christology transitions from the Person of Jesus, our High Priest, to the ministry of Jesus as our Priest. Just as chapter 7 expounds how Jesus is a Priest infinitely greater than any other before Him, so chapters 8 and following declare His ministry to be equally supreme, offering further hope that Jesus is the only One who can reconcile the believer to God. Why is Jesus’ ministry as High Priest ‘more excellent’ than all who were before Him?

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   Jesus, Our Melchizedekian Priest – Part 7
   Hebrews 7:1-28
Sunday Morning Service,  October 31, 2010
In Hebrews 7 the author returns to the central theological idea of the letter, that Jesus Christ is our eternal High Priest. In order to draw out the full significance of Jesus’ unique priesthood, he exposits Psalm 110:4, where a King is foretold who will also hold the office of a Priest, like Melchizedek. The author exalts the priesthood of Jesus by expounding first how Melchizedek is greater than the Levitical priesthood of the Old Testament, and second how Jesus is the greatest Melchizedekian priest.

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   Jesus, Our Melchizedekian Priest – Part 6
   Hebrews 7:1-28
Sunday Morning Service,  October 24, 2010
In Hebrews 7 the author returns to the central theological idea of the letter, that Jesus Christ is our eternal High Priest. In order to draw out the full significance of Jesus’ unique priesthood, he exposits Psalm 110:4, where a King is foretold who will also hold the office of a Priest, like Melchizedek. The author exalts the priesthood of Jesus by expounding first how Melchizedek is greater than the Levitical priesthood of the Old Testament, and second how Jesus is the greatest Melchizedekian priest.

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