Hebrews 7:1-28 Sermon Information // Jesus & Melchizedek Title: "Jesus is the Better Way Forward" Outline: 1. Melchizedek is greater than the Levitical Priest (7:1-10) a. "King of righteousness" (Hebrews 1:9; Psalm 72:7) b. "King of Peace" (Isa. 9:6, 53:5; John 14:27; Ephesians 2:14) c. Resembles Jesus (3) d. Melchizedek's greatness (4-10) 2. The Levitical Priesthood had changed (7:11-19) a. Jesus is the better priest (11-12) b. Jesus is the King-Priest (13-14) c. Jesus is an enduring priest because he possesses an indestructible life (15-17; Psalm 110:4) d. Jesus brings us into God's presence, providing a better hope (18-19; see 6:18-19) e. Jesus guarantees a better covenant (20-22) f. Jesus is able to save completely (23-25) 3. Jesus is qualified to serve as priest forever (26-28) The point is to give the readers assurance that their sins are forgiven because Jesus is the better priest, mediating a better covenant, qualified by his own moral perfection and acceptable sacrifice to atone for sins, and guaranteed by the unbreakable promise of God. Anyone who will come to God through faith in Christ has reason to be confident that they are accepted in the presence of God. Discussion Q’s: 1. How are righteousness and peace related? (Why is it impossible to have peace without righteousness?) 2. What does it mean to experience Christ’s peace in your life? Are you experiencing it? 3. What are you trusting in as you approach God? Are you prone to trust in an incomplete/ impotent system (morality, self-effort, adherence to the law or rules, etc.)? 4. Why is the law unable to save and transform? How does transformation take place? 5. What does it mean that Jesus is able to “save to the uttermost”? How does this encourage you, even as you battle sin in your life? 6. How does Jesus’ high priestly work give us confidence in our relationship with God? Are you enjoying that confidence? What keeps you from it?
June 20th, 2021
HEBREWS :: Jesus is the Better Way Forward
June 20, 2021 • Pastor Josh Kee
October 3, 2021
October 3, 2021 • Pastor Phil Burggraff • Hebrews 13:18–25
Theme: Final Remarks for the Way Forward Passage: Hebrews 13:18–25 Three final calls to action as the book of Hebrews closes: 1. Pray for leaders to possess the conviction to powerfully display the Gospel (vv. 18–19). 2. Trust the work God is doing for you through Jesus (20–21). 3. Continue to persevere in the gospel (22). Main Idea: God’s has mapped out the way forward on life’s journey in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Application Questions: • What do vv. 18–19 teach us about the content of our prayers as well as how to pray? • How does the content of v. 20 serve as the basis for the request of equipping believers to do God’s will in v. 21? What does this indicate about God’s will in our lives? • What does it mean that God “works in us what is pleasing to him through Jesus Christ” in v. 21? How should this impact the way that you live? • What has Hebrews taught you about perseverance in the gospel?
September 26, 2021
September 26, 2021 • Pastor Phil Burggraff • Hebrews 13:7–17
September 26, 2021 - The Way Forward Following Your Leaders Passage: Hebrews 13:7–17 Title: The Way Forward Following Your Leaders Main Idea: God provides us with guides for our spiritual journey. Thus, we must: 1. Imitate our spiritual mentors (7–8). a. Remember their teaching. b. Observe their life choices. 2. Trust Christ’s Sacrifice (9–16). a. Don’t follow faddish teaching (9). b. Follow Christ’s path (10–14). c. Offer God sacrifices that praise him (15–16): i. Speech that confesses his name ii. Service that benefits others 3. Submit to your church leaders (17). a. They watch over your souls. b. They will give account. c. The more joyous their task, the more benefit to you Application Questions: • Name the spiritual mentors that have impacted your life. What was it about them that made such an impact on you? • How are you vulnerable to false teaching today? • What does Christ’s path suggest about the way our lives should look (vv. 12–14)? How does this differ from your current reality? • What does submitting to your current church leaders mean and not mean? How can we make their work joyous and not a burden?
September 19, 2021
September 19, 2021 • Pastor Phil Burggraff • Hebrews 13:1–6
Theme: The Way Forward in Service Passage: Hebrews 13:1–6 How thankful service to God (12:28–29) acts toward the people in our lives: 1. Spiritual Siblings: Lovingly care for your spiritual brothers and sisters (1) 2. Strangers: Hospitably care for those you don’t know (2) 3. Suffering: Think about those suffering for Christ and act accordingly (3) 4. Spouse: Vigilantly remain sexually pure (4) 5. Self: Conduct your life free from the care of money (5–6) Main Idea: Service focuses on the situation and needs of others by deemphasizing the desires of self. Application Questions: • Are you connected with this body of believers so that you can lovingly care for your brother and sisters here? How can you connect more deeply to obey the command in v. 1? • Why might believers struggle showing hospitality to those they don’t know, even in the context of the church? What can be done to address a lack of hospitality in your life? • What can you do to empathize with and help those who are suffering for the cause of Christ? • Where are you weakest in the battle to remain sexually pure? What steps do you need to take to remain sexually pure in our current context? • What practical ways can you implement in your life to free yourself from the love of money?