Greater Than

Written by an unknown author, to an unknown group, the book we call “Hebrews” is part pastoral letter, part sermon, and part theological treatise. All through the book, we find the same theme: Jesus is Greater. He’s a greater substitute, a greater rest, a greater priest, a greater hope. As we explore Hebrews, we’ll discover that Jesus is Greater than anything we can find in this life!

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Be sure to pick up your own Hebrews journal from the Welcome Center to use while we study this book together. They’re only $5 each (cheaper than Amazon!) with the text of Hebrews on one page and room for notes on the next. Keep yourself organized and have all your sermon notes in one place!

 


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Sermons in this series

No More Sacrifices
February 17, 2019Pastor:Joey Woestman

Sermon Notes

Over and over again the author of Hebrews has told us that Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross was the final, ultimate, definitive sacrifice. No more sacrifices are needed. Where does that leave us? If there are no more sacrifices, how are we purified from our ongoing sin? Join us for “No More Sacrifices” as we look at Hebrews 10:5-18 and explore the ongoing work in our lives of Jesus’s final sacrifice.

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Greater Hope
February 10, 2019Pastor:Jeff Schultz

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As the writer of Hebrews tells us, the Old Testament law and the sacrificial system only had “a shadow of the good things to come,” they could never “make perfect those who draw near,” and they could never “take away sins.” Join us as we see the reality of all those good things and the “Greater Hope” we have in Christ from Hebrews 10:1-4.

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Greater Entrance
February 3, 2019Pastor:Joey Woestman

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As the author of Hebrews continues to explain exactly what he means when he says “He entered once for all into the holy places by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption,” we read Jesus, our great high priest, entering into the Holy of Holies in the final and true Day of Atonement ritual. But this time, when he comes back out, it won’t be to deal with sin or bring judgment but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. Join us for “Greater Entrance” from Hebrews 9:23-28.

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Greater Mediator
January 27, 2019Pastor:Joey Woestman

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“Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” We read these words in Hebrews 9:22, and they make us pause. Why is something as archaic and cruel and barbaric as blood so necessary for our salvation? What can we learn from the Old Covenant purification rituals, which required the use of blood? Join us for “Greater Mediator,” from Hebrews 9:15-22

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Greater Redemption
January 21, 2019Pastor:Jeff Schultz

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Do you ever wonder if God can really forgive you, or if the shame of what you’ve done could ever really be washed away? Is there anything you can do to make it right, to find peace, to live differently? Join us as we look at Hebrews 9:1-14 and how the sacrifices and rituals in the old covenant point to the reality of Christ and his “Greater Redemption.”

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Greater Covenant
January 13, 2019Pastor:Jeff Schultz

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The writer of Hebrews has told us that “Jesus is the guarantor of a better covenant” (7:22). Join us as we see what that “Greater Covenant” looks like from Hebrews 8:7-13 and how we can live today in light of our confidence in Christ.

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Greater Ministry
January 6, 2019Pastor:Joey Woestman

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Having completed his explanation of how Jesus is our Great High Priest, the author of Hebrews begins to show us why that’s important. Join us as we explore Hebrews 8:1-6, Greater Ministry, and begin to see how Jesus has a greater ministry to us.

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Able to Save
December 30, 2018Pastor:Tom Macy

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The words of the “angel of the Lord” to Joseph is one of the best summations of the Christmas event. “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name, Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) Hebrews 7:11-28 details how Jesus saves and what this salvation involves. Join us for a post-Christmas celebration of our great Savior.

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Christmas Eve 2018
December 24, 2018Pastor:Jeff Schultz

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Join us for a celebration of Christmas at either service. 5:30 pm will be more family-friendly, with a mix of traditional and contemporary music. 7:30 pm will be a classic Christmas Eve with hand bells, choir, and traditional hymns.

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Greater King
December 23, 2018Pastor:Joey Woestman

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The King of Righteousness, the King of Peace. Jesus? Or Melchizedek? We look at Hebrews 7:1-10 and begin our exploration of Melchizedek, the great king and priest, who is a picture of the greatest King and Priest to come.

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Greater Certainty
December 16, 2018Pastor:Jeff Schultz

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Most of us have experienced things (or people) not living up to their promise – including ourselves! The writer of Hebrews has encouraged us to be like those “who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” Can I be certain that I’ll make it? How can I trust that God will do what He’s promised? Join us as we discover “Greater Certainty” from Hebrews 6:13-20.

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Between the Advents
December 9, 2018Pastor:Joey Woestman

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Balancing a gentle rebuke, a stern warning and a compassionate encouragement, the author of Hebrews encourages his readers to imitate the giants of the faith who have come before them. It’s a challenge we need to hear today, as we explore how to live Between The Advents. Join us as we explore Hebrews 5:11-6:12 and discover the ongoing relevance of this passage for us today.

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Better Mediator
December 2, 2018Pastor:Jeff Schultz

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Advent is the season in which we prepare our hearts for the joy of Christmas by reminding ourselves who Jesus is and why he came to earth. We’ll continue in our Hebrews series, focusing on a theme that author has already introduced – Jesus’ unique role as our Priest. Join us as we look at what a priest does, why we need someone to stand between us and God, and how Jesus is the Better Mediator from Hebrews 5:1-10.

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The Great High Priest
November 25, 2018Pastor:Nathan Kingsley

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The nation of Israel always had a high priest, but only here in Hebrews is Jesus referred to as the great high priest. Join us as we explore Hebrews 4:14-16 to understand how Jesus as our great high priest gives us confidence to draw near to God in our times of need.

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Greater Rest
November 18, 2018Pastor:Tom Macy

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Throughout the book of Hebrews, Jesus is presented as greater in multiple ways. Greater than angels, greater than Moses and, in this Sunday’s text, greater than his namesake, Joshua. Joshua led Israel into the land of rest, but that rest points into the future where “there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.” How can you be sure you will enter that Greater Rest? Join us as we consider Hebrews 4:1-13.

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Entering God's Rest
November 11, 2018Pastor:Tom Macy

Sermon Notes

Hebrews 3 is unusual in that it is based on Psalm 95, which is based on Israel’s failure in the Book of Numbers. From these two passages, we are warned that entering God’s “rest” depends on “if we hold our original confidence firm to the end.” Join us as we examine what this means for everyone who professes faith in Jesus.

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Greater Glory
November 4, 2018Pastor:Jeff Schultz

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All of us are wired for glory – for recognition, respect, purpose and significance. We either try to earn it ourselves or get it by association with someone or something greater. This week, we’ll see in Hebrews 3:1-6 how our “heavenly calling” leads us to a “Greater Glory” through our union with Jesus.

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Greater Confidence
October 28, 2018Pastor:Jeff Schultz

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The One who is higher than all was made, for a little time, lower than the angels – in order to bring many to glory. How does Jesus’ identification with us in our humanity give us confidence and hope? How does that make us Jesus’ brothers and sisters? And what does it mean that we his share in His glory? Join us as we discover “Greater Confidence” from Hebrews 2:10-18.

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A Little Lower
October 21, 2018Pastor:Joey Woestman

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Even though we’ve focused on the first chapter of Hebrews, showing how the Son of God is greater than angels, greater than the prophets of old, greater than all, we haven’t read yet who the Son of God is. Now we find out! But how could Jesus be the Son of God? He was a man, wasn’t he? Find out how the author of Hebrews uses Psalm 8 to explain the unexplainable, as we study Hebrews 2:5-9, “A Little Lower.”

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Greater Danger
October 14, 2018Pastor:Jeff Schultz

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Jesus brings better news, higher hope, and stronger promises. The writer of Hebrews now warns us against the danger of “drifting away” from Jesus and his great salvation. How does that happen? How do we avoid it? Join us as we look at the “Greater Danger” in Hebrews 2:1-4.

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Greater than Angels
October 7, 2018Pastor:Jeff Schultz

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We continue in Hebrews 1:5-14, where we’re told that Jesus is superior to the angels. Join us as we see how Jesus is the “Better Messenger” of God’s good news.

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A Better Revelation
September 30, 2018Pastor:Joey Woestman

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In many ways and at many times, God has revealed himself. But the greatest revelation? His son, Jesus, the very image of God. Join us Sunday as we explore Hebrews 1:1-4, “Greater Than: A Better Revelation.”

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