Hebrews 4:14-5:10 Sermon Information “The Way Forward” Series Sermon Title: Enduring Through Our Suffering High Priest Context: • God has spoken to us by his Son (1:1-3) • Jesus is greater than the angels (1:4-2:18) o Warning: Do not to drift away because disobedience will be punished (2:1-4) • Jesus is greater than Moses and Joshua (3:1-4:13) o Warning: Do not be hardened by unbelief because God’s rest is for the believing (3:7-4:13) • Jesus is greater than the Levitical priesthood (4:14-5:10; see also 2:17-3:8) Main Idea: The way forward for the people of God is to boldly and perpetually trust in Christ’s high priestly work of atonement (purification), mediation, and intercession. Outline: 1. Jesus has made the way for us – cling to our confession of faith (4:14; see also 1:3) 2. Jesus is able to sympathize (suffer with) our weaknesses because he has shared in them to the fullest extent possible, yet never submitted to sin (4:15) 3. Jesus gives us open access to the throne of grace so that he might give us mercy and grace – approach him boldly (4:16) 4. Jesus was appointed by God to be our High Priest (5:1-6) – trust God’s provision 5. Jesus is gentle with sinners and sufferers because he was clothed with weakness (5:2; also 2:17) – do not be timid in drawing near 6. Jesus learned (practiced) obedience through suffering (5:7-10) – expect the same “What is the gospel itself but a merciful moderation, in which Christ’s obedience is esteemed ours, and our sins laid upon him, wherein God, from being a judge, becomes our Father, pardoning our sins and accepting our obedience, though feeble and blemished? We are now brought to heaven under the covenant of grace by a way of love and mercy.” Richard Sibbes, The Bruised Reed Discipleship is the (corporate) work of continuously orienting our lives to the person and work of Christ. Point: Jesus is the provision for believers to endure confidently by faith in his person (identity as the Son of God) and work (crucifixion and exaltation). God does not resent your weakness. Drawing near with confidence and boldness is the evidence that you trust Christ. Discussion Questions: 1. How does Jesus give us confidence before God, who sees and perceives every thought and motive of our hearts? How does this encourage your heart? 2. How do you typically approach God? (With boldness? Confidently? Timidly? With reservation?) 3. What does your approach to God indicate about your belief or unbelief in Christ’s person and work?] 4. How should these verses shape the way we confess sin? 5. Why are Jesus’ sufferings essential to his role as our high priest? How does this instruct us in regard to our perspective of suffering? 6. In light of these verses, do you believe that God’s heart is bent toward gentleness, mercy, and grace in his dealings with you? Is there unbelief that is being revealed? How can the body of Christ help you “not give up your confession of hope”? 7. How does Jesus as high priest shape the church’s worship?
May 30th, 2021
HEBREWS :: Enduring Through Our Suffering High Priest
May 30, 2021 • Pastor Josh Kee • Hebrews 4:15 - 5:10
July 25, 2021
Theme: The way forward with endurance • July 25, 2021 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Theme: The way forward with endurance Passage: Hebrews 10:26–39 Our two-fold motivation to endure obeying the commands of vv. 22–25: 1. Be Warned: God will judge anyone who rejects His Son (26–31): a. No other sacrifice exists that can cleanse our sins. b. The one rejecting insults God and His plan. c. It’s in God’s nature to judge sin and sinners. 2. Be Encouraged: You are sticking it out for something greater (32–39) How can I be encouraged? a. Remember what God has already accomplished in your life, especially in difficult times (32–34). b. Hold on to the confidence Christ brings because you will receive the promised life (35–39). Main Idea: As believers, we don’t turn from Christ and face destruction, but endure by faith to reach our promised salvation. Application Questions: • Endurance sounds like effort and work. How is this consistent with the call throughout Hebrews and all the NT for faith alone in Jesus Christ as our means of salvation? • What do you make of the depiction of God as a God of judgment and vengeance throughout this passage? Considering our modern tendency to focus on His love, how can this be incorporated into our depiction of God when we tell others of him or seek to explain God in our teaching? • How are you encouraged to endure by what God has already accomplished in your life? Consider and discuss difficult times through which God has brought you. • From this week and last week’s sermon (10:19–25), we can we do to hold on to the confidence Christ brings? Why is Christian community so vital to accomplish this?
July 18th, 2021
HEBREWS :: The Way Forward in Community • July 18, 2021 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Title: The Way Forward in Community Passage: Hebrews 10:19–25 Main Idea: Jesus’ work opens the way forward for us to enter the presence of God: Let’s answer two “how” questions from this text: 1. How do we know that? a. The shed blood of Jesus provides confidence to enter. b. Jesus serves as our high priest over God’s house. 2. How do we move forward into God’s presence? a. We draw near with a heart that truly possesses the full assurance that faith brings (22): i. We have been cleaned of guilt ii. We are washed pure b. We hold unswervingly to the hope we profess (23). c. We “consider” how to spiritually help one another love and do good (24). i. Manner: 1. Stay connected (25a) 2.Encourage (25b) ii. Reason: The Day is approaching (25c) Application Questions: • What comes to your mind when you ponder the presence of God? What is this passage suggesting that we uniquely gain if God is omnipresent? • If Jesus has accomplished all of this for us, why do we struggle at times to have the confidence and boldness that this passage suggests we possess? • According to this passage, from where does our assurance come (see especially v. 22)? • What does unswervingly mean in the clause hold unswervingly to the hope we profess? • Do you consider how to spiritually help others within the church body love and do what is right, or is your focus almost exclusively on your own walk with the Lord? What might that look like in your life?
July 11th 2021
HEBREWS :: The Way Forward Through Perfection • July 11, 2021 • Pastor Phil Burggraff
Theme: The Way Forward through Perfection Passage: Hebrews 10:1–18 How is perfection attained? 1. Perfection cannot come through the Law (1–4). 2. Perfection comes through Jesus accomplishing God’s will (5–18). a. God’s will is to make us holy through Jesus’ offering (5–10). b. Jesus has perfected those of us He has made holy (11–14). c. The Holy Spirit internalizes God’s will for us so that we know we are forgiven (15–18). Main Idea: Jesus offered Himself to perfect us completely in God’s eyes. Application Questions: • How do you understand perfection? Do you have perfectionist tendencies? How might your understanding of perfection affect your relationship with God? • What transformation occurs with the Law in this section (see vv. 1 and 16–17)? Does this mean that there no longer is law for believers? Explain. • What do we learn about God’s will from this passage (especially vv. 5–10)? How does this impact your view of God’s will for your life? • According to this passage, are you perfect? made holy? forgiven? Explain. What applications should these realities lead you to make this week in your own life?