This is the last message in a series on the Book of Hebrews, covering chapter 13 at the end of the book. Have you ever left your house or your business and given everyone there some final words? Random thoughts that you wanted to make sure they heard from you until you returned? That’s what this last chapter is all about: final words. You need to listen to them!
This message from the current series on “Hebrews” is taken from chapter 12. The picture painted there for us is one of a runner in a huge coliseum. Every Christian is set up to run their race and everyone is given some powerful gifts to carry them on their way. We discover those gifts in Hebrews 12 and you don’t want to be without them!
Glenn Kaiser, an elder in the church, is our guest speaker today. He spoke on Hebrews 10:19-25 as Part 7 in our series on Hebrews. Glenn looks deep into what it means to boldly enter the Holy Place of God and the important aspects of walking that out. He also encourages and reminds everyone of the freedom and promise of the new covenant.
That was then, this is now. So much of this portion of the book of Hebrews follows that pattern! We find that there was a place and means of worship that, even though it endured for a long time, isn’t valid any more. It’s been replaced by something way better! Could that also relate to your life personally?
Guest speaker Larry Arendas speaks on Hebrews 7 and 8 in the next sermon in our series about Hebrews. Larry looks in depth at Hebrews 7:25 and the freedom that Christ gives us. He encourages everyone to let God be the one to carry it all so that we are free to just be. “To do is not to be, to be is Jesus.”
We’re studying our way through the Book of Hebrews this summer! Today’s installment covers Chapters 6-7, and it’s all about how to build, or rebuild, a life. How important is this subject? Eternally important!
As we walk through the book of Hebrews, we find the author’s challenge to not be like the ancient Israelites. They heard God’s word, but didn’t join their faith to what they heard, causing them to fail to enter into God’s rest. This sermon encourages us to believe God’s words, to make our response active and visible, and to thereby receive His rest.
These chapters are a serious warning about the dangers of spiritually drifting. This sermon highlights those dangers, and how we can make sure we stay anchored. We also continue the theme that “Jesus is Better!”
The book of Hebrews is one of the richest in Scripture. This sermon kicks off a summer-long series on this book, highlighting the book’s one central idea: Jesus is better! Better than the angels, and better than what the first listeners had experienced with Old Testament sacrifices. A better hope, a better promise, and a better sacrifice we can rest in!