“How to be Willing”, Hebrews chapter 10

Hebrews series 2018

How can we be willing to love God and serve Him? We look at the willingness of Jesus to offer his body and the willingness of God to remember our sins no more.

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“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Heb 13.20-21

God bless, Malcolm

“How to have a clear conscience”, Hebrews Chapter 9

Hebrews Series 2018

What is it that gives us a clear conscience? How can we maintain a clear conscience over a lifetime?

We look at Jesus and the way his one time sacrifice as a ransom sets us free from the slavery of a troubled conscience before God.

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“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Heb 13.20-21

God bless, Malcolm

“They will all know me”, Hebrews Chapter 8

We are now really at the heart of the message of the book of Hebrews.

The chapter begins with ‘the point’, which is the ‘main point’, showing that this is the author’s main point about the priesthood. We take a look at Hebrews chapter 8. We examine the Old Covenant problems, the New Covenant promises and forgiveness.

Please leave a comment with your own thoughts, or post a question.

“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Heb 13.20-21

God bless,

Malcolm

“How to inherit was has been promised”, Hebrews Chapter 6

God has promised us so much. What happens when we doubt those promises and what can we do to make sure we inherit them?

We take a look at Hebrews chapter 6 and the example of Abraham. We can have confidence because God does not forget and God does not lie.

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God bless, Malcolm

“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Heb 13.20-21

“Would you like some mercy?” Hebrews Chapter 4

Hebrews series 2018

Would you like some mercy? Jesus has plenty on offer. We dive in to Hebrews 4 to investigate the obstacles and openings to the mercy of God.

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God bless, Malcolm

“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Heb 13.20-21

“Who are you looking up to?”, Hebrews Chapter 3

Hebrews Series 2018

We dive in to Hebrews 3 seeking a way to fix our thoughts on Jesus.

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“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Heb 13.20-21

“How to Deal with Drifting”, Hebrews Chapter 2

Hebrews series 2018, class 3

What’s the big deal with drifting? The writer to the Hebrews offers a stern warning about its dangers in chapter 2 of the Epistle.

Please leave a comment with your own thoughts, or post a question. “Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Heb 13.20-21

“Introducing the most impressive person I know”, Hebrews Chapter 1

Hebrews Series 2018

I spoke on Hebrews chapter 1, revealing the impressive person of Jesus. The outline is below. If you would like to know more drop me a line, visit my web site or leave a comment.

 

1. Superior Son, vv5-6
A. Fully Family, v5
b. Worthy of Worship, v6

2. Superior Sceptre, vv7-9
a. Permanent Position, vv7-8
b. Royal Righteousness, vv8-9

3. Superior Saviour, vv10-14
A. Lasting Lord, vv10-12
B. Valid victor, vv13-14

“Fix Our Eyes on Jesus”, Class 1, Hebrews Series

Introductory Class

I introduced the Hebrews series with an overview of the epistle.

We took a look at the background to the book, what we know about the people to whom the letter was written, and spent some time considering what the parallels are in our own lives.

Please leave a comment with your own thoughts, or post a question.

“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Heb 13.20-21

“What’s In A Name?” Luke 18.37-39

How does it feel when someone gets your name wrong? Mine is often spelt incorrectly. I’ve had Malcom, Malcombe and Malkom, among others. Just for the record, it’s “Malcolm” – and always has been since my birth certificate was signed.

Accuracy is important at some times more than others. Passports come to mind. And sometimes the importance is what the name signifies. Here’s something I’ve been pondering from Luke 18 (a passage I’ll be preaching on in a couple of weeks).

The differences between the crowd and the beggar seem to be along these lines. First we hear the crowd tell the blind man, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” (Luke 18:37 NIV11) Then, we hear his cry, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Luke 18:38 NIV11) Two different names for the same person. Who is right? What does it mean?

There’s a clue in the reaction of the crowd to the blind man’s cry. They “rebuked him and told him to be quiet”, but he “shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”” (Luke 18:39 NIV11) The crowd’s response is probably connected to their understanding of the title “Son of David”. They are aware it is a royal messianic designation. In 2 Samuel 7:12–16 Yahweh promises David a descendant, and that he would “establish the throne of his kingdom forever”. In addition, he would be Yahweh’s son. The crowd are not ready to see Jesus in this way. They do not have the eyes of faith given to the blind man. It appears presumptuous to the crowd, but entirely appropriate to the blind man. The beggar will not be deterred either in his shouting, nor in his affirmation of the full identity of Jesus.

As it says in the Tyndale New Testament Commentary, “The title is Messianic and Jesus’ healing of the man in response to its use looks like an acceptance of its implications.” The name in itself was not the point, but it did point to something significant. Jesus was not just a wandering preacher, nor even an impressive healer, but the one prophesied, son of God, with an eternal authority.

The same issue arises today. Which ‘Jesus’ are we seeing when we read the Bible and listen to others talking about him? The blind man ‘saw’ more clearly than the crowd. What gave him that clarity, I wonder?

If you have any ideas on this, or on what can help us today to ‘see’ Jesus clearly please let me know. Leave a comment here, or drop me a line.

More on this passage in the coming days.

God bless, Malcolm