Nov 3, 2013
Supreme Redemption
Series: Greater Than
We're studying the book of Hebrews to learn why Jesus is worthy of our worship and the salvation he offers is greater than anything the world could offer. Jesus presented to God the Father the supreme sacrifice on the cross. What did this accomplish? How did this atone for our sins? What difference can this make in our lives? The author explains two themes to help us understand: Redemption and Ransom. The word “redemption” is translated from “lutrosin” in the book of Hebrews which meant a slave redeemed out of slavery into freedom. We've been redeemed out of slavery to sin and into freedom to love God and live the joy of our salvation! What was the cost? Christ paid the ransom to set us free! Come ready to receive God's love and go deeper into Christ's redemption that can transform our lives. We'll take Communion together this Sunday.
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  • Nov 3, 2013Supreme Redemption
    Nov 3, 2013
    Supreme Redemption
    Series: Greater Than
    We're studying the book of Hebrews to learn why Jesus is worthy of our worship and the salvation he offers is greater than anything the world could offer. Jesus presented to God the Father the supreme sacrifice on the cross. What did this accomplish? How did this atone for our sins? What difference can this make in our lives? The author explains two themes to help us understand: Redemption and Ransom. The word “redemption” is translated from “lutrosin” in the book of Hebrews which meant a slave redeemed out of slavery into freedom. We've been redeemed out of slavery to sin and into freedom to love God and live the joy of our salvation! What was the cost? Christ paid the ransom to set us free! Come ready to receive God's love and go deeper into Christ's redemption that can transform our lives. We'll take Communion together this Sunday.
  • Oct 27, 2013Supreme Covenant
    Oct 27, 2013
    Supreme Covenant
    Series: Greater Than
    Jesus Christ inaugurated a new covenant between God and humanity! The Old Covenant was designed by God to reveal God's character to the world, show humanity our need for redemption as we realize how far short we fall from God's holy character, and point to salvation in Messiah's perfect sacrifice. When Jesus completed his mission on earth, the purpose of the old covenant was fulfilled and the new covenant was poured out. The author of Hebrews reminds God's people how superior the new covenant is by quoting Jeremiah 31:31-34 to show the difference between the old covenant written on stone and the new covenant written on people's hearts. Three times God says “I will” to reveal the glory of the new covenant:  “I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts” … “I will be their God and they will be my people” … “I will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more.” Come ready to leave behind external religion and guilty hearts to the new covenant of inward transformation in Christ.
  • Oct 20, 2013Supreme Guarantee
    Oct 20, 2013
    Supreme Guarantee
    Series: Greater Than
    We are studying the Book of Hebrews to learn why Jesus is greater than anything the world could ever offer and worthy of our worship. Nothing in life is guaranteed. People live and die. Nations rise and fall. Economies prosper and decline. Clothing looks good and then wears out or becomes outdated. Appliances work for a while but wear out (often right after the warrantee expires). This Sunday we'll explore why our salvation is guaranteed, and God's presence throughout our lives is certain, because Jesus Christ was appointed by God as a permanent priest, forgiving our sins and inviting us into the presence of God forever. God's character never changes so God never changes his covenant or defaults on his promises!
  • Oct 13, 2013Supreme Hope
    Oct 13, 2013
    Supreme Hope
    Series: Greater Than
    Sometimes the Christian life is described as a journey, or a walk, or a race; all terms implying forward momentum.  Why is it, then, that so often we see Christians living lives of spiritual neutral, idling by and not growing or transforming? Why can we sometimes feel defeated or on the edge of our ability to stay steadfast in our beliefs? Hebrews 6 offers an encouragement, and a firm warning, about spiritual growth and life beyond the basics. Ultimately, what is our hope for transformation, and how can we own it in our lives today?
  • Oct 6, 2013Supreme Priest
    Oct 6, 2013
    Supreme Priest
    Series: Greater Than
    Throughout history people in every culture around the world have asked: “How can we get to God?” How can we bridge the gap between imperfect people and a holy God? We need a perfect priest to stand in the gap! The word “priest” in the Bible comes from the word ἱερός which means “bridge” between God and people. Jesus Christ is our Supreme Priest! Jesus stands in the gap, like a bridge between God and people, because he can sympathize with our human weakness since he fully experienced human suffering, while Jesus can stand before the Father as our advocate since he made the perfect sacrifice our sins. The author of Hebrews explains the qualification of Jesus as our Supreme Priest and the freedom we have to come before God at the “throne of grace” to receive forgiveness and find strength to live for God.
  • Sep 29, 2013Supreme Warning
    Sep 29, 2013
    Supreme Warning
    Series: Greater Than
    Do you ever wonder if following Christ is worth it? How do you honor God in temptations? What is your motivation to live your faith in the tough times? The author of Hebrews sent a sermon to a Christian community 2,000 years ago who were tempted to give up their faith and go back to their old lives. Hebrews is a masterful message defining who Jesus is and describing why Christ is greater than anything the world could ever offer. This fall we're studying the rich theology and practical wisdom of the Book of Hebrews to explore why Christ is supreme above everything and worthy of our worship. This Sunday we'll explore the urgent warning to listen when God speaks rather than harden our heart by ignoring God or yielding to temptations. May our minds be open to God's Word and our hearts humble to obey the Lord
  • Sep 22, 2013Supreme Sacrifice
    Sep 22, 2013
    Supreme Sacrifice
    Series: Greater Than
    Sometimes God can feel far away. When we feel ashamed of our sin. During a confusing crisis. In the midst of temptations. While we wrestle with doubts. This was the experience for many people in the community that received the sermon called “Hebrews” we are studying. The first chapter explains how God has spoken to everyone who will listen in every generation with the message of Christ's great salvation. Now the second chapter explores how Christ has made this great salvation possible. We'll learn how much Christ sacrificed to leave the glory of heaven, become human, share life with humanity, suffer on the cross, and the profound difference this can make in our lives.
  • Sep 15, 2013Supreme Salvation
    Sep 15, 2013
    Supreme Salvation
    Series: Greater Than
    When we ignore warnings bad things happen! Chest pains could indicate a heart attack. Fire alarms ring out to alert us about a possible fire. Engine lights warn us our car might break down at any moment. Ignoring these and other warnings can be dangerous or deadly. When we ignore God's warnings we risk drifting away from God with devastating consequences. The author of Hebrews reminds the recipients of this sermon that God speaks in every generation and whatever circumstances in the first chapter, then the second chapter opens with a warning to pay attention to what God says so we don't drift away from God and ignore the great salvation Christ has purchased on the cross. Come ready to hear God's Word and learn more about the supreme salvation we don't want to ignore.
  • Sep 8, 2013Supreme Savior
    Sep 8, 2013
    Supreme Savior
    Series: Greater Than
    What can we do when we're tempted to give up our faith or compromise our values because of doubts, temptations, or suffering? Remember who Jesus is and what Christ has done for us!  The author of Hebrews jumps right in, opening this sermon with a masterful theological statement, explaining why Christ is worth our faithfulness because: The Son of God is supreme over all creation, the agent of creating the world, the exact reflection of God in the world, the perfect word from God to humanity, the Savior who purifies us from our sins, and the glorified Son of God exalted at the right hand of the Father in heaven. WOW! This Sunday we'll explore the meaning of these awesome truths and application in our lives.