The first session began early with a mad dash as the doors opened to get the best seats… but this facility (
Aimee from Trinity Baptist in
The DG Worship Group led us in
“The Supremacy of
98% of Protestants lived in the west in 1793. After a century of missions, 90% still lived in the west. This may lead many to think Christianity is a western thing. Transformation is taking place in the Christian faith, not in its nature, but where it is believed. It is moving south and east – Latin America and
Unlike the Christian faith, Islam has a geographical centre –
Hebrews argues this most consistently.
A Brief Introduction
A letter written to Jews tempted to fade back into the relative safety of the Judaism from which they had come. To go back, though, they would have to pass by
God had spoken to the Fathers and He speaks to us Christians through His Son. God in the flesh. The One in whom are hidden and contained all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. He is the Message. The radiance of His glory. He possesses all the attributes and perfections of God. “He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” Creation. Eschatology.
The 11th Chapter: The Pastoral Application of all of this….
There is a connection between the OT Israel wandering away in unbelief and these Christians being tempted to wander away as well.
The NT believers are filled with uncertainty as they are faced with hostility from Jewish nation and the Roman nation. Could God sustain them? What would happen to them?
The author says, “If you walk with faith, you will be in continuity with all the great leaders of the past.” What they all had in common was “the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen.” They did not see it, but it was not naïve to believe it. These people had an inward persuasion – that made their hearts strong in suffering (11:32ff). These words describe what is happening in places in the world. The reason Jewish Believers were withdrawing from
We don’t worry about these kind of things in the West – our problem is that we are so distracted by so many things that it is hard for us to sustain this focus on the supremacy of
Anxiety. Connections outside of ourselves are tenuous. Families are disconnected. No one is rooted. At least in
The intrusiveness of the world into our inner mind – so much that is urgent and demands our attention. This is why the world wants sermons on anxiety and how to get along with your mother-in-law. But sermons that only address those matters are futile if the centrality and supremacy of
The Supremacy of
Hebrews 2:8-9 (Psalm 8 – looks back to Genesis 1)
This mandate to have dominion has never been rescinded. The problem is that (in Romans 8) the whole creation has been subject to futility. We are often the victims of creation rather than having dominion. You will have to keep replacing the lamb if it lies down with the lion now!
At present all things do not appear in subjection to
But there is
Creation has been de-railed – now it is being re-railed. The reach of
Hebrews 10:11-13 (Psalm 110)
Priests were never allowed to sit since their work was un-ending. But
1. Christianity is only about this kind of
Some churches thought that this was very off-putting so these things were hidden – thinking that this kind of message would be an impediment to success. Now we live with the consequences. 45 % of Americans say they are born again – only 9% have a clue what that might mean! In
Are we shrinking back form this full-orbed Biblical understanding the uniqueness of
Rainer’s research proves that most of the people used to define seeker-sensitivity still don’t go to church. 88% came to church to hear doctrine. They want to know whether we believe anything.
2. We live in this period between the already and the not-yet. We have been fully redeemed, but we know ourselves not yet to be fully redeemed. Between the time when the outcome of the chess game has been decided and the moment when the last futile move has been made.
We must put all things in reference to
3. It is God’s pleasure that His son should be acknowledged now for who He is. God takes pleasure in our worship now. We have been returned to the purpose for which we were first created.