29
Aug
2016

Living in Harmony with God’s Design

Sermon on Hebrews 13:1-17, for the 15th Sunday after Pentecost, about the list of exhortations or calls to obedience found in that chapter. How does the use of the Law or commands of God compare and contrast from Old Testament to New? What do these commands center in, and how do we get this holiness? How does it place us at odds with the world?

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22
Aug
2016

Disciplined to receive His holiness

Sermon on Hebrews 12:4-24, for the 14th Sunday after Pentecost, about how a Christian faces the discouragement and hardship of discipline, as they continue to train and run the race, with their eyes fixed on Jesus. What are the purposes of God's discipline? What is the nature of our struggle with sin? What is the "new covenant" mediated by Jesus' blood? What "better word" does His blood speak?

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8
Aug
2016

Living in God’s Promises

Sermon on Hebrews 11:1-16, for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, about how Jesus is the center and object of faith, and what faith means. Why is faith necessary to please God? How does Biblical faith differ from the pop-culture use of the term? How does one get God's commendation?

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26
Oct
2015

Our Forever Great High Priest

A sermon on Hebrews 7:23-28, for Reformation Day, about how Jesus is our Forever High Priest, and how and why He is greater than the priesthood and intercession of the Old Testament/Covenant. Why did God swear by oath to make Jesus our High Priest? What does it mean that His priesthood stands forever, and He saves us to the uttermost?

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19
Oct
2015

The Living Word of God

Sermon on Hebrews 4:1-16, for the 21st Sunday after Pentecost, about the Living and Active Word of God, sharper than any two-edge sword. What are obstacles to hearing God's Word? What must be combined with the Word, to benefit from God's promises?

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12
Oct
2015

Serious Sin and Original Confidence

Sermon on Hebrews 3:12-19, for the 20th Sunday after Pentecost, about the danger and deception of sin, why sin must be diagnosed by God so that we might have the cure--what our original hope and confidence is, and how Christ sees our salvation through "to the end."

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5
Oct
2015

Christ is All-Sufficient

Sermon on Hebrews 2:1-13, for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost, about how Jesus became incarnate, and why He suffered, what was His crown and glory. How is Jesus' work totally sufficient for our salvation? What new relationship has He created with us?

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21
Aug
2013

Look to Jesus

A sermon on Hebrews 11:17-31, 12:1-3, for the 13th Sunday after Pentecost, about how we run the race of faith, what the challenges are, and how we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. 

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12
Aug
2013

What faith is and isn’t

Sermon on Genesis 15:1-6 & Hebrews 11:1-16 for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost, about faith and it's opposites. What is God's remedy for weakened or lacking faith? How does God's supply faith? 



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28
Feb
2013

Indestructible Life

Sermon on Psalm 110 and Hebrews 7, about Jesus' role as our great high priest in the order of Melchizedek, in fulfillment of Psalm 110:4. How His "indestructible life" was put to the test and verified.

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11
Feb
2013

The Supremacy and Sonship of Jesus

Sermon on Hebrews 3:1-6 & Luke 9:28-36 for Transfiguration Sunday, about how Jesus is the ultimate revelation of God, and what glorified Him.

Sermon Talking Points

Read past sermons at:   http://thejoshuavictortheory.blogspot.com

Listen to audio at:   http://thejoshuavictortheory.podbean.com

  1. Transfiguration Sunday is the last Sunday before Ash Wednesday when the somber season of Lent begins. How is Lent an annual spiritual journey to the cross?

  1. Read Hebrews 3:1-6. Look over the first 10 chapters of Hebrews. They argue for Christ’s supremacy over a variety of Old Testament figures and systems. What implications does Jesus’ supremacy and Sonship hold for us and our salvation?

  1. Read Hebrews 1:1-4. What is different about the way that God revealed Himself in ancient times, to the way He has now revealed Himself to us? Which is superior? John 1:18; Colossians 1:15-20

  1. Why is it dangerous/foolish to neglect the message of Christ? Hebrews 2:1-4; 4:1-13.

  1. What kind of false spiritualities do people often create to “seek God?” Why are they bound to failure? Acts 4:12; Romans 3:10-12

  1. Read Hebrews 11. Although the ancients are commended here, note that they are not commended particularly for their works, but rather for what? Hebrews 11:2, 39; 12:2.

  1. What else, in addition to His Sonship, made Jesus distinctly worthy of all glory and honor, above all else? Hebrews 2:9-10; 12:2. Why did He do it all for us?
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22
Apr
2011

Last Will and Testament

A sermon for Maundy Thursday about Jesus' last will and testament--the Lord's Supper. How Jesus fulfilled all the examples of the Old Testament sacrifices in His death on the cross for our forgiveness. Hebrews 9:11-22

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1
Sep
2010

Leaving the city, Going to the City

Sermon on Hebrews 13:9-16, about the earthly city we leave behind to follow Christ, and the migration to our Heavenly City.

Sermon Talking Points: Read past sermons at: http://thejoshuavictortheory.blogspot.com Listen to audio at: http://thejoshuavictortheory.podbean.com

1. In what way are Christians called to leave behind their “earthly city?” See Hebrews 13:12-14; Eph. 2:18-19; John 17:14-16; Phil. 3:20

2. How were the sacrifices of the Old Testament and the work of the priests, imperfect and incomplete? What couldn’t they accomplish? Hebrews 9:11-28; Col. 2:16-17; What special duty did the High Priest perform once a year on the Day of Atonement? Leviticus 16. Why couldn’t the meat of the sacrifice be eaten on that day? Leviticus 6:30.

3. How was Jesus in death, like both the High Priest on the Day of Atonement, and also like the sacrifices burned outside the camp? How was He greater? John 1:29; Heb. 10:12. The entire book of Hebrews.

4. Why must we “go outside the camp” or leave our earthly city behind, to share in the reproach of Christ? What is there to be lost? To be gained?

5. How do we eat at the altar of Jesus? What do we receive there? Matt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:17-34; John 6:41-59

6. In what way are baptized believers called to be priests? 1 Peter 2:5; Rev. 1:6; 5:9-10. What are our acts of priestly service? Heb. 13:15-17; Rom. 12:1. What is a sacrifice of praise or thanksgiving about? Isaiah 63:7; Ps. 9:1, 11, 14.

7. Knowing that Jesus has secured our heavenly citizenship for us and blessed us with all the privileges of citizens of the kingdom, how should we live? Phil. 3:14; Heb. 3:1

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16
Aug
2010

The Reproach of Christ

Sermon on Hebrews 11:24-26 for the 12th Sunday after Pentecost. Also related to the other readings of the Sunday, Jeremiah 23:16-19 and Luke 12:49-53.

Sermon Talking Points:

Read past sermons at: http://thejoshuavictortheory.blogspot.com

Listen to audio at: http://thejoshuavictortheory.podbean.com

  1. What would be the two different outcomes of Moses identifying as an Egyptian ruler or an Israelite slave? In the short term? In eternity? What was the challenge about it?

  1. Do Jesus and the Bible teach that the Christian’s life will be easy? Reread Luke 12:49-53; James 4:4; Matt. 10:16-42. Why then do we believe? Cf. Hebrews 10:24-26; Matt. 10:39.

  1. Explain these pitfalls on the Christian’s road: to be a hearer of the Word but not a doer (James 1:19-27; Ezek. 33:30-33); to stubbornly follow our own heart (Jeremiah 23:17; Gen. 6:5; Jer. 17:9; Matt. 15:18-19); to ignore God’s anger against sin and teach that all is well (Jer. 6:13-14; 23:17-22; Hebrews 12:5)

  1. What does Scripture warn about false prophets? How dangerous are they and what can they lead to? Reread Jeremiah 23; Matt. 24:23-28; 1 John 2:18-27; 2 John 7-11; How should we examine and test for false doctrine? (see previous passages) & Acts 17:11; 1 Tim. 6:2-10; Titus 2:1; 2 Tim. 4:1-4;

  1. Explain the temptation to water down or “sanitize” God’s Word. Why must this be resisted? 2 Tim. 4:3-5; John 17:17; 1 Cor. 1:17

  1. How did Jesus identify with us who were enslaved? How did He bear reproaches for us? What reward was He seeking? John 1:12. What is Jesus’ commendation, and why is it worth it? Matt. 25:23
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16
Nov
2009

Draw Near With a True Heart

Sermon on Hebrews 10:11-25 for the 24th Sunday after Pentecost

Sermon Talking Points:

Read past sermons at: http://thejoshuavictortheory.blogspot.com

Listen to audio at: http://thejoshuavictortheory.podbean.com

  1. Why must we have a pure heart to see God? Matt. 5:12. How does the Scripture describe our sinful heart? Gen. 6:5; Jer. 17:9-10; Matt. 15:18-20. What could prevent us from seeing God?

  1. How does God give us the pure heart we need? How is this different from how we often speak of someone having a “good heart?” Ezek. 36:25-27.

  1. How does this give the Christian confidence? Confidence of what and to do what?

  1. What things might prevent us from holding fast to our confession of hope? What might cause us to waver? How do we make the bold confession? Read Acts 4; 1 Peter 2:9-12.

  1. What can you do to stir others up in their love and good works? What can you offer in service yourself?

  1. Why is worship an essential part of the Christian life? Is this law or gospel? What happens gradually if we remove ourselves from Christian fellowship?

  1. Finally as the day of judgment approaches, where do we find our Christian confidence and certainty?
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