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Getting Ready for Sunday 8/14

THIS SUNDAY

Last Sunday we looked at the path to the promises of God. The path is faith and patience. We also were reminded of the sure and steadfast anchor that keeps us steady and on course. That anchor is our Great High Priest, Jesus Christ. As we move forward through the next four chapters of Hebrews, we are going to get to know better our Great High Priest, His covenant, the place He serves, and the sacrifice He has offered.


This next large section of Hebrews (chapters 7-10) is like a great banquet table. There are so many wonderful truths upon which we can feast, so much beauty of Christ to ingest, so much glory of Christ upon which to meditate. I want to challenge you to put in the work, prepare before Sundays, and chew on the goodness following each Sunday.


In case this comparison with food is awkward, it is actually very common in the scriptures.


...Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. Matthew 4:4
Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks by blood has eternal life... John 6:54a
Jesus said to him, "Feed my sheep..." John 21:17c

Let us seek to be satisfied in the word of Christ. Let us "long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation - if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good." 1 Peter 2:2-3


ADDITIONAL PASSAGES TO READ
  • Genesis 14 - Become familiar with the story of King Melchizedek.

  • Numbers 18 - Duties of the Levitical Priesthood

  • Deuteronomy 17:8- 18:8 More about the priesthood.

  • Leviticus 21-22 Holiness and the Priest

  • Leviticus 16 The Day of Atonement


CONSIDER/MEDITATE
  • How is Jesus Christ like the Levitical Priests?

  • How is Jesus Christ different from the Levitical Priests?

  • Should any of it matter to you? Why?


(REMINDER) THEMES OF HEBREWS

Christ is better. Throughout, we will see that Christ is better than angels, Moses, and Israel. He is the better high priest, sacrifice, mediator, and more. This theme will be a major part of Sunday morning sermons, focusing on the superiority of Jesus Christ.


Continuity of the Old and New Testaments. The New Testament is not a redo of the Old, but it is a continuation of the Old. You will see many references to Old Testament passages throughout the book of Hebrews. Many times these references will help you better understand Jesus, the Gospel, and the New Covenant.


Warning passages What is the warning? Don't miss Jesus! Pay attention to His message! Do not neglect Him! Do not be deceived by sin! Hold fast! Strive to enter His rest! Do not grow weary, and many more. The warnings are so great because Christ is superior, the Son of God, the only way into the House of God.




DAILY PRIVATE/FAMILY WORSHIP

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"I feel it is far better to begin with God—to see his face first, to get my soul near him before it is near another." - Robert Murray M'Cheyne




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  • Preaching and teaching God's word at Ozarks Bible Church

  • Christian education for our community.

  • The building up of Ozarks Bible Church into the head, that is Christ, in love.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18





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