December 2013

Supreme Prize

We're studying the Book of Hebrews to explore why Jesus is greater than anything the world could offer and worthy or our worship. Life is like running a long distance race. Sometimes we feel in stride with the wind at our back and coasting downhill. Other times we feel like dropping out as we gasp for breath running uphill with painful injuries and the finish line looks so far away. In Hebrews 12:1-3 we're called to persevere through the marathon of faith by looking at Christ's example and keeping our eyes on the prize when we cross the finish line, with wisdom how to remain faithful throughout the race.

November 2013

Supreme Faith

Imagine if we faced persecution with possible arrest, prison, property confiscated, social humiliation, family rejection, etc. Would we deny our faith and blend into society or honor God regardless of risks? Now think about when we are tempted. Do we deny our faith and give in to the moment or honor God? Do we have faith to trust God, even when temptations feel so seductive, or life seems disappointing, or we don't get immediate results, or God's promises seem so far away? Hebrews 11 is

Supreme Promise

Sometime people's faith in our world is tested through temptation from sins, persecution from oppressive governments, violence from religious extremists, rejection by family or friends, and more. This month churches around the world are joining in the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church to raise awareness of persecution and intercede for our suffering brothers and sisters around the world. The church community who received the letter of Hebrews were experiencing painful per

Supreme Grace

In our lives, we may have heard the phrase “I’ll make it up to you.” Often we’ll say that when we owe someone a favor, or we failed to keep a promise. Have you ever said those words to God? Have you ever said, “Dear Jesus, I’ll make it up to you. I promise!” to the Savior?  Hebrews 10 shows us how this dynamic of wanting to “make it up” to God works in our lives.

Supreme Redemption

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

October 2013

Supreme Covenant

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

Supreme Guarantee

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

Supreme Hope

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?

Supreme Priest

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 weakne

September 2013

Supreme Warning

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