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Aha Moments: The Partnership of Faith

Aha Moments: The Partnership of Faith

Hebrews 11:1-7, 39-40

One farmer said to another: “Friend, I heard that you asked the Lord for that good garden. Is that correct?” “Yes, sir, it is,” proudly replied the man whose flourishing garden was his delight; “only I never pray for a good garden unless I have a hoe in my hand. I say, `Lord, you send the sunshine and the rain, and I’ll keep down these weeds.’ “

How Can We Partner With God?

We Build Our Base Through Faith ~ Hebrews 11:1-5

  • 1 “being sure”=related to foundation; faith is foundational
  • 3 faith here is a verb: we are to use our faith to help us understand the universe
  • 4 Abel used faith as his reason for sacrifice, and it was credited to him as righteousness (like Abraham)
  • 5 “was taken”=translated/transposed/changed; God brought him home; ask: how could you use your faith in a way that would please God?

We Receive Our Rewards Through Faith ~ Hebrews 11:6-7,39-40

  • 6 “rewards”=lit. BECOMES A REWARDER: as we seek God, He rewards us with HIMSELF
  • 7 “in holy fear”= moved to minister because of reverence;
  • 7b “condemned” Noah judged the world not worth his time compared with saving his family through obedience to God
  • 39 people of faith might receive individual blessings, but these saints had not received their salvation BEFORE they acted in faith; they stepped out in faith FIRST
  • 40 better for us: Jesus! OT saints trusted God to save them through faith; NT saints (us) trust God the same way: but we have a NAME TO USE

CLOSE: Acts 4:12: Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

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Aha Moments: The Complete Covering

Aha Moments: The Complete Covering

Hebrews 10:13-25

Much of Hebrews deals with the Jewish sacrificial system; much of that system deals with blood and sacrifice. Why should we care about it now?

Because we STILL try, in our own power, to live lives according to a scale: if we do more good than bad, we’re “good” people (in most moral systems). But does God weigh our goodness against our badness?

How Is Our Covering Complete?

Salvation is Settled ~ Hebrews 10:13-18

  • 13/14 Our salvation is COMPLETE; God has done what was intended
  • 15/16 the intent is God IN us (not just knowing ABOUT God)
  • 17/18 God doesn’t forget/un-know about our sin; rather, God doesn’t grasp/dwell on our sin – He dwells IN US

Presence is Present ~ Hebrews 10:19-25

  • 19/20 we’re intended to be in God’s presence
  • 21/22 we encourage each other to draw closer to God: no more smoke screen!
  • 23 we HOLD, we HOPE, we PROFESS
  • 24 we THINK
  • 25 it’s pretty tough for us to encourage each other if we’re not around each other: Congregationalism for the WIN!

God doesn’t weigh our goodness against our badness; He weighs ALL of our deeds against ALL of His righteousness. Therefore, we’re completely LOST without Him!

Thanks be to God for the promise in Isaiah 26:12: “LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.” Our lives are lived IN RESPONSE to God’s Completed work!

Aha Moments: At Once, At-One

Aha Moments: At Once, At-One

Hebrews 9:11-15

From now until Lent, we’re going to be looking at Epiphany as a season, with the them of A-ha moments: times when we’re faced with sudden clarity. Today, let’s look at how God brings us closer to Himself: the Atonement. {explain 40 step OT atonement ritual}

We Are At One With God:

Able: Christ is Able to meet our needs

  • Heb. 9:11 Christ’s priestly work NOT a part of creation (He wasn’t qualified by what He DID here)

Total: Christ completely paid for us

  • Heb. 9:12 Christ’s priestly work made possible by His own blood; completely fulfilled God’s requirement for all sin ETERNALLY

=> The OT Day of Atonement was a ritual which took 40 complex steps to enact, and had to be done yearly; still observed on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement in the fall.

Once: Christ’s one sacrifice for sin

  • Heb. 9:13/14 Christ’s priestly offering was done ONCE, cleanses INTERNALLY, and PERMANENTLY

NE (Anyone): Christ’s payment available to all

  • Heb. 9:15 Christ’s priestly offering was extended to all who are called > all who receive the Promise > all who have been set free from sins

 

We Persist To Perceive It – God Completes His Promise

We Persist To Perceive It – God Completes His Promise

Hebrews 6:9-20

There’s a “new-ish” way to make money. Called cryptocurrency, it’s the idea that you can make something of tangible value out of a mere idea. If you’re the first to guess the exact huge random number, you “mine” Bitcoin, for example. It’s all based on a promise: that being the first to discover something is valuable. But the target number to guess always changes, so mining the “value” is tough. Compare that to gold: a naturally occurring finite resource which has been valuable for thousands of years. Permanence has value.

God promised His people thousands of years ago that He would send a Savior. Why should we believe Him? What’s the point of Christmas?

Why Is God’s Promise Worth Trusting?

The Basis of the Promise ~ Hebrews 6:9-12

  • 9 “better things”: better than the idea of falling away from God
  • 10/11 we don’t work to earn hope from God; rather, we eagerly desire to fully live IN hope
  • 12 “not sluggish” but actively hold onto God’s promises

The Bedrock of the Promise ~ Hebrews 6:13-20

  • 13/14 God’s promises are based on HIMSELF, not our response
  • 15/17 God’s promise doesn’t change because God HIMSELF never changes
  • 18 two unchangable things: God’s nature, and God’s oath
  • 19 this is OUR hope: God keeps His promise to us, because His promise is based in His unchanging self
  • 20 The promise: God saves us! NOW (through the first coming of Christ as our savior) and FOREVER (though His second coming as Jesus our King)

Why hit this point over and over? Because we don’t often believe it. It’s much more common to think that God gives us what we deserve, and when we hit a rough patch, we conclude that God is punishing us. That’s NOT how faith is intended to be used, as a bat with which you beat yourself. Faith is a GIFT. Enjoy it, and thank the Giver!

Do We Need To Achieve It? – God Prepares His Prize

Do We Need To Achieve It? – God Prepares His Prize

Hebrews 4:1-11

You know what I love more than a good party? Not much! Fun people, good music, free food… what’s not to love? So imagine my dismay when I completely forgot to go to a party to which I was invited!

Want To Go To The Ultimate Christmas Party?

Receive His Invitation ~ Hebrews 4:1-5

  • 1 setup: refers to Moses & promised land; God intends to bring us to Himself
  • 2 message+faith=functional (toy w/out batteries? BOTH need to be present in the present)
  • 3 look at the contrast: those who don’t enter God’s presence are those who refuse to believe & trust Him: true then, true now!
  • 4/5 Rest isn’t about “not working”; it’s the reflection that God is responsible for His work (not us).

Actually Show Up! ~ Hebrews 4:6-11

  • 6 disobedience=apatheia; they didn’t think God’s promise was WORTH it
  • 7 God wants us to respond to His invitation NOW, TODAY
  • 8/10 rest from our own work: what a Christmas gift THAT is
  • 11 “make every effort”=flavor of urgency – let’s GET TO IT; no time like Today to Trust God for His Good Gift

God plans the party; God sets up the decorations; God sends out the invitation. OUR part? Respond with Joy!

Highlights from Hebrews: The Full Assurance of Faith

Highlights from Hebrews: The Full Assurance of Faith Sermon Audio Here


Hebrews 10:19-25

My family are big fans of the TV show So You Think You Can Dance; and every year, they go on tour. A few years ago, we had the opportunity to get box seats from a friend to the show. It was amazing; great view, private box… but the neatest thing to me was that the attendants *knew* we were coming. There was a place prepared for us, all due to the benefits of relationship with someone who had connections at the arena.

If You Want The Benefits of Faith,

Come to God
Heb. 10:19-22

  • v19/20 the curtain was torn; so was Jesus
  • v21/22 draw near, cleansed: ref. Mercy Seat & Sea

Come Together
Heb. 10:23-25

  • v23 HOPE=expectation; we expect God to keep His promise
  • v24 US consider (subjunctive)= TOGETHER, we think about building each other up
  • v25 not forsaking but exhorting; make the choice to come together

We come together with God; with confidence that we’re clean; expecting God to work in us; We Expect Better Together. Come together… right now… Jesus wins!

Highlights from Hebrews: The Real Mercy Seat

Highlights from Hebrews: The Real Mercy Seat Sermon Audio Here


Hebrews 9:24-28

There is a wonderful illusion I saw as a child, and I’ve never forgotten it. It was a parabolic mirror hologram. You place a real object on a parabolic mirror, and cover it with another mirror with a hole. The combination casts a visual-but-not-solid “model” of the original object.

How Does The Mercy Seat Model Work?

Real Mercy Seat Is The Presence Of God
v24 “sanctuary”=copy of Heaven (cf. Vs 1-6);

Sacrificial Blood Allows God To Meet With Us
v25/26 to do away with sin

  • the old model was tainted and had to be repeatedly cleansed. Jesus, on the other hand, went into the REAL Holy Place, and fulfilled the function of the old system

We Are Ushered Into God’s Presence By Jesus
v27/28 bring salvation to those waiting

  • someday, Jesus will return to actually bring us Home;
  • Communion Table fulfills a similar function as the Mercy Seat

We are brought into God’s presence when we gather together recognizing the Veil has been torn from the inside out!


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