Sermon on Hebrews 9:11-15, for the 5th Sunday in Lent (1 Yr lectionary), about the contrast between the Old and New Covenants. What is the role of Jesus' blood in our cleansing, and what sort of cleansing does it give? What is the difference between the covenants? What role does the "tent" play? Sacrifices and priests? What kind of covenant was made at the Last Supper and Jesus' death?
Sermon on Luke 2:1-20 and Hebrews 1:1-6, for Christmas Eve, about how angels in the Christmas story and throughout Scripture direct us to Jesus and to worship Him. What glory of Jesus do they reveal to us, and how is His glory and kingship hidden from earthly eyes, but revealed to those who have faith?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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."
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?
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
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- 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?
- 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?
- 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
- Why is it dangerous/foolish to neglect the message of Christ? Hebrews 2:1-4; 4:1-13.
- 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
- 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.
- 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?
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: https://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