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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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   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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   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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   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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   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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   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 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 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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   Jesus, Our Melchizedekian Priest – Part 5
   Hebrews 7:1-28
Sunday Morning Service,  October 17, 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 4
   Hebrews 7:1-28
Sunday Morning Service,  October 3, 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 3
   Hebrews 7:1-28
Sunday Morning Service,  September 26, 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 2
   Hebrews 7:1-28
Sunday Morning Service,  September 19, 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. This amazing chapter leads us to magnify the Lord Jesus, as the author defends the superiority of Melchizedek only to show how Jesus is superior still.

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   Jesus, Our Melchizedekian Priest – Part 1
   Hebrews 7:1-28
Sunday Morning Service,  September 12, 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. This amazing chapter leads us to magnify the Lord Jesus, as the author defends the superiority of Melchizedek only to show how Jesus is superior still.

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   The Genomenos of Jesus the Son
   Hebrews 6:20
Sunday Morning Service,  August 29, 2010
Hebrews speaks frequently of Jesus’ having become what He was not before without ceasing to be what He was before. There is a progression in the person and ministry of Jesus as He, being God, fully embraces humanity to become our high priest. We can never truly understand a mystery so great as the ‘perfection’ of Christ, but we can recognize the mystery with reverence, and worship Him.

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   Pressing on to Perfection – Part 6
   Hebrews 5:11 - 6:20
Sunday Morning Service,  August 22, 2010
Again the author of Hebrews diverges from his main topic in order to exhort his readers. As Jesus was “perfected” because He “learned obedience” (5:7-10), so must we also hear and obey if we would “go on to perfection” (6:1). Disobedience breeds spiritual immaturity and immaturity breeds apostasy; but our perfection rests in the promise of God through Christ, our High Priest.

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   Pressing on to Perfection – Part 5
   Hebrews 5:11 - 6:20
Sunday Morning Service,  August 15, 2010
Again the author of Hebrews diverges from his main topic in order to exhort his readers. As Jesus was “perfected” because He “learned obedience” (5:7-10), so must we also hear and obey if we would “go on to perfection” (6:1). Disobedience breeds spiritual immaturity and immaturity breeds apostasy; but our perfection rests in the promise of God through Christ, our High Priest.

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   Pressing on to Perfection – Part 4
   Hebrews 5:11 - 6:20
Sunday Morning Service,  August 8, 2010
Again the author of Hebrews diverges from his main topic in order to exhort his readers. As Jesus was “perfected” because He “learned obedience” (5:7-10), so must we also hear and obey if we would “go on to perfection” (6:1). Disobedience breeds spiritual immaturity and immaturity breeds apostasy; but our perfection rests in the promise of God through Christ, our High Priest.

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   Pressing on to Perfection – Part 3
   Hebrews 5:11 - 6:20
Sunday School,  July 25, 2010
Again the author of Hebrews diverges from his main topic in order to exhort his readers. As Jesus was “perfected” because He “learned obedience” (5:7-10), so must we also hear and obey if we would “go on to perfection” (6:1). Disobedience breeds spiritual immaturity and immaturity breeds apostasy; but our perfection rests in the promise of God through Christ, our High Priest.

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   Pressing on to Perfection – Part 2
   Hebrews 5:11 - 6:20
Sunday Morning Service,  July 18, 2010
Again the author of Hebrews diverges from his main topic in order to exhort his readers. As Jesus was “perfected” because He “learned obedience” (5:7-10), so must we also hear and obey if we would “go on to perfection” (6:1). Disobedience breeds spiritual immaturity and immaturity breeds apostasy; but our perfection rests in the promise of God through Christ, our High Priest.

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   Pressing on to Perfection – Part 1
   Hebrews 5:11 - 6:20
Sunday Morning Service,  July 11, 2010
Again the author of Hebrews diverges from his main topic in order to exhort his readers. As Jesus was “perfected” because He “learned obedience” (5:7-10), so must we also hear and obey if we would “go on to perfection” (6:1). Disobedience breeds spiritual immaturity and immaturity breeds apostasy; but our perfection rests in the promise of God through Christ, our High Priest.

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   The Qualifications of Our High Priest - Part 4
   Hebrews 5:1-10
Sunday Morning Service,  July 4, 2010
In order to be in the right before God we must have a mediator to represent us. The central argument in Hebrews is that Jesus Christ became the Mediator by becoming our High Priest. But what qualifies Jesus to be a Priest? The author answers this important question in our text by comparing the qualifications for the Aaronic priesthood with the qualities of Jesus Christ.

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   The Qualifications of Our High Priest - Part 3
   Hebrews 5:1-10
Sunday Morning Service,  June 27, 2010
In order to be in the right before God we must have a mediator to represent us. The central argument in Hebrews is that Jesus Christ became the Mediator by becoming our High Priest. But what qualifies Jesus to be a Priest? The author answers this important question in our text by comparing the qualifications for the Aaronic priesthood with the qualities of Jesus Christ.

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   The Qualifications of Our High Priest - Part 2
   Hebrews 5:1-10
Sunday Morning Service,  June 20, 2010
In order to be in the right before God we must have a mediator to represent us. The central argument in Hebrews is that Jesus Christ became the Mediator by becoming our High Priest. But what qualifies Jesus to be a Priest? The author answers this important question in our text by comparing the qualifications for the Aaronic priesthood with the qualities of Jesus Christ.

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   The Qualifications of Our High Priest - Part 1
   Hebrews 5:1-10
Sunday Morning Service,  June 13, 2010
In order to be in the right before God we must have a mediator to represent us. The central argument in Hebrews is that Jesus Christ became the Mediator by becoming our High Priest. But what qualifies Jesus to be a Priest? The author answers this important question in our text by comparing the qualifications for the Aaronic priesthood with the qualities of Jesus Christ.

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   The Word, Our High Priest
   Hebrews 4:14-16
Sunday Morning Service,  May 23, 2010
Having exhorted the Hebrews congregation to hold fast to Christ and so enter God’s rest, the author returns to His exposition of Jesus as the believer’s High Priest. After such an earnest warning for those who would fall away from Christ (3:6b-4:13), this text is a warm encouragement to embrace Christ, our Priest. There are two essential aspects of Jesus’ High Priesthood in this text.

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   Entering into God’s Sabbath Rest – Part 4
   Hebrews 3:6b-4:13
Sunday Morning Service,  May 16, 2010
The second ‘warning passage’ in Hebrews climaxes with an earnest plea: “Be diligent to enter that rest.” This morning we will consider the meaning of Sabbath rest with respect to the Lord’s Day, and finish our study of this portion of the letter with the urgency of entering God’s rest.

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   From Sabbath to Lord’s Day
   Hebrews 4:1-11
Sunday Morning Service,  May 9, 2010
The author of Hebrews argues that there remains a Sabbatismos or ‘Sabbath rest’ for the people of God (4:9). This morning we take time to explore the nuances of this ‘rest’ and its implications for Christ’s church, moving from the ordination of the Sabbath in the OT to the consummation of the Sabbath in the Eschaton. Above all, we celebrate the coming of the believer’s rest through Christ our Savior.

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   Entering into God’s Sabbath Rest – Part 3
   Hebrews 3:6b-4:13
Sunday Morning Service,  May 2, 2010
Hebrews 3:6b-19 is primarily a warning to those who have made a profession of faith in Christ to remain faithful, and so enter into God’s Sabbath rest. Chapter 4:1-13 focuses on the promise of that rest itself. As we gather around the Lord’s Table this morning we will consider the character of God’s Sabbath rest.

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   Entering into God’s Sabbath Rest – Part 2
   Hebrews 3:6b-4:13
Sunday Morning Service,  April 25, 2010
Having highlighted the faithfulness of Jesus in Hebrews 3:1-6, the author calls the church itself to faithfulness in 3:7-4:13. Just as the Israelites had Moses for an example of faithfulness in the wilderness, so we have a supreme example of faithfulness in Christ. We are exhorted, therefore, to follow Christ’s example and so enter into God’s Sabbath Rest. The author offers us both a warning and a promise.

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   Entering into God’s Sabbath Rest – Part 1
   Hebrews 3:6b-4:13
Sunday Morning Service,  April 18, 2010
Having highlighted the faithfulness of Jesus in Hebrews 3:1-6, the author calls the church itself to faithfulness in 3:7-4:13. Just as the Israelites had Moses for an example of faithfulness in the wilderness, so we have a supreme example of faithfulness in Christ. We are exhorted, therefore, to follow Christ’s example and so enter into God’s Sabbath Rest. The author offers us both a warning and a promise.

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