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6/18/2021 WED438 Hebrews 6:16-7:28 A better covenant- If the priestly line of Aaron was sufficient why did David say that the Messiah would be "a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek?" Jesus was the ultimate high priest who became the ultimate sacrifice for our sins once and for all.
6/17/2021 WED438 Hebrews 6:16-7:28 Who is Melchizedek?- The author of Hebrews uses Melchizedek, an obscure figure referenced only twice before this letter, to prove that Jesus was of a priestly line. We know Melchizedek was a king and priest, but what else can we know of this mysterious person?
6/16/2021 WED437 Hebrews 5:1-6:15 Your labor of love- If we are truly born again the evidence of that will be seen in the fruit that we bear. Therefore, we should not become lazy, but continue on in faith and patience. Those who have rejected Christ are like an unfruitful and thorny field.
6/15/2021 WED437 Hebrews 5:1-6:15 A controversial passage- The beginning of this section of scripture clearly encourages us to be growing in spiritual maturity. But how are we to interpret the writer's following exhortation? Is he implying that a Christian can lose their salvation? Was it meant to be read differently in its cultural context?
6/14/2021 WED437 Hebrews 5:1-6:15 A High Priest called by God- How could Jesus qualify as high priest if He was of the line of Judah and not the Levitical line? Jesus was called by God to be our ultimate high priest just as Aaron was called by God to minister to Israel as the first high priest.
6/11/2021 WED436 Hebrews 3:12-4:16 The throne of grace- All of our failings and weaknesses are known to God. This great truth gives God the right to judge our sin, but it also means that He understands our struggles, being a compassionate High Priest who was tempted as we are. The door is open for us to boldly approach His throne and obtain mercy and grace.
6/10/2021 WED436 Hebrews 3:12-4:16 Labor to rest- Rest for the child of God was never meant to be found in a particular day or place, but in the finished work of Jesus Christ which was determined before the world began. Are you struggling to find rest? Set your mind on the word of God which is "living and powerful."
6/9/2021 WED436 Hebrews 3:12-4:16 The right kind of fear- There are plenty of things in life that can cause fear, but what we should be most fearful of as Christians is a life wandering in the wilderness of sin and legalism. The author of Hebrews continues to expound on lessons to be learned from Israel's wilderness wanderings.
6/8/2021 WED435 Hebrews 2:4-3:12 Hear his voice today- The children of Israel lived in unbelief because they put their hope in what God could do for them, but Moses communed with God and knew his ways. Are you listening for God's voice today, and trusting in His loving guidance and provision?
6/7/2021 WED435 Hebrews 2:4-3:12 Lower than the angels?- The Jewish believers reading this letter probably needed some clarification on how Jesus was greater than the angels, but in His humanness was "a little lower" than them like you and I. Jesus temporarily lived a human life and tasted death for everyone, thereby overcoming evil, and proving to be a "merciful and faithful High Priest."
6/4/2021 WED434 Hebrews 1:1-2:3 Are you drifting?- Some religious systems claim that Jesus was an angelic being, but not the son of God. The author of Hebrews carefully lays out the case that Jesus is far superior to any angel. We must be careful not to neglect the reality of who Christ is, what He has done, and that He still speaks today.
6/3/2021 WED434 Hebrews 1:1-2:3 To Hebrews- The letter to the Hebrews was written to encourage Jewish believers who were wrestling with the consequences of stepping out of Judaism and into Christianity. Many of them were persecuted by their countrymen for following Jesus. Who is the author of the book of Hebrews?
6/2/2021 WED370 Colossians 4:2-18 A beloved friend- In his final words and greetings, Paul acknowledged some of his most faithful friends in ministry, including Tychicus and Onesimus, who were going to embark on the long journey to deliver his letter to the Colossians. If we want strong, Godly friendships, we need to be loving and faithful towards others.
6/1/2021 WED370 Colossians 4:2-18 Paul's prayer request- As Paul began to conclude his letter to the church at Colossae he reminded them that their prayers were extremely valuable, and asked that they would remain seriously committed to praying for an open door to continue spreading the gospel. In addition to his prayer request, Paul gave some guidelines for what evangelism should look like.
5/31/2021 WED369 Colossians 3:5-4:1 Christ in the home- Paul's exhortations to "let the word of Christ dwell in you richly," and to "do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks" should be demonstrated in our everyday lives as husbands and wives, parents and children, and employers and employees.
5/28/2021 WED369 Colossians 3:5-4:1 Put off and put on- Paul reminded the Colossian believers that the Christian life is not just about what you don't do. We are called to put off the works of the flesh and put on "the new man." Therefore, Paul explained what actions are to characterize this new life in Christ..
5/27/2021 WED368 Colossians 2:6-3:4 Raised with Christ- If our eternal destiny is to be with Christ in glory, Paul said we should not be living carnally, but constantly seeking "things which are above." Paul explained that this new freedom of life in Christ no longer requires any jew to hold to the requirements of the law.
5/26/2021 WED368 Colossians 2:6-3:4 Victory in Christ- It is because of the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross that we have the opportunity to walk and live in His victory. Our love for Jesus and His Spirit working in us should be our motivation for serving God, not religious tradition or the philosophies of man.
5/25/2021 WED367 Colossians 1:19-2:6 Christ in you- Paul warned the church at Colossae not to get swept away by the philosophies of man that were trying to add to the power and simplicity of the gospel. We are saved through Christ, and we live and walk according to the power of Christ working in us. What a mystery!
5/24/2021 WED367 Colossians 1:19-2:6 Christ is preeminent- Jesus Christ is not only the head of the church, but He is "in all things" preeminent. What does that mean? It means that only in Christ, because of His perfect righteousness and resurrection from the dead, can we find peace with God and one day stand before Him holy and blameless.