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Sermon: “Unshakable” from Dan Mitchum

A sermon from the series “Hebrews: JESUS IS GREATER.” The strongest earthquake ever recorded struck the coast of Chile in 1960. It measured 9.5 on the Richter scale. It caused incalculable destruction. We want to think the ground beneath our feet is unshakable, but it isn’t. And that’s also true of so many things in life—our health, finances, jobs, and even relationships can be shaken to the core without warning. The Kingdom of God is the only thing that is unmovable. Tomorrow, from Hebrews 12, we’ll see that “Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe” [28 NLT]. Join us as we study God’s Word!

Sermon: “The Great Race” from Dan Mitchum

A sermon from the series “Hebrews: JESUS IS GREATER.” All the heroes of the faith in Hebrews 11 are cheering us on from heaven today. They’re urging us to keep running the great race—for that is what the Christian life is. It’s a race we run with endurance as our eyes are fixed on Jesus. Yes, there are times when we want to quit or temporarily step off the track, but there’s a finish line in our sights. And just beyond is a reward that surpasses our wildest dreams and expectations. Join us as Hebrews equips us to keep following Jesus.

Sermon: “Heroes of Faith – Part 3” from Dan Mitchum

A sermon from the series “Hebrews: JESUS IS GREATER.” Hebrews 11 is often referred to as the Hall of Faith. It’s packed with the names of people who responded to God in faith. It’s easy to lift these heroes high onto pedestals. But to do so is to miss the point. They were just as imperfect as we are. Some of them sinned in spectacular ways. Yet, they’re remembered for their faith. One of the lessons we’ll learn tomorrow is that faith is for flawed people. Our faith in Christ is what ultimately defines us.

Sermon: “Heroes of Faith – Part 2” from Dan Mitchum

A sermon from the series “Hebrews: JESUS IS GREATER.” It’s pop quiz time! Answer true or false to the following statements:
Christians never wrestle with doubts.
Christians never stumble into sin.
Christians are free from imperfection.
Christians are always shielded from hardship, suffering, and tragedy.
Christians take hold of God’s promises without wavering in hope.
Christians never suffer failure or defeat in their faith-walks.
Okay, time to grade your quiz. This will be easy. The answer to all these statements is “false.” Hebrews 11 is filled with heroes of the faith—and none of them were perfect! They struggled just as we do. Yet, by the grace of God, they accomplished extraordinary things for Christ and His kingdom.
Tomorrow, we’ll be encouraged by Moses’ imperfect faith. Join us!
[This quiz was adapted from Charles R. Swindoll’s commentary on Hebrews.]

Sermon: “Heroes of Faith” from Marc Swenson

A sermon from the series “Hebrews: JESUS IS GREATER.” We all have heroes… Tom Brady, Michael Jordan, Bono, Martin Luther King, Billy Graham, Mother Theresa to name a few. We aspire to be like those we look up to. As we celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday we’ll learn from some of the greatest heroes of faith. Thousands of years later, their lives still speak! Join us as we celebrate our Fathers and worship our Lord.

Sermon: “Don’t Shrink Back!” from Dan Mitchum

A sermon from the series “Hebrews: JESUS IS GREATER.” Paula Radcliffe was the first woman to cross the finish line at the 2007 New York City Marathon. Zoe Koplowitz finished last at 28 hours, 45 minutes.
Multiple sclerosis slowed Zoe down, but it didn’t keep her from crossing the finish line. Wearing back and knee braces, she walked the entire route using crutches. For her, finishing the race was “a total blessing,” and said afterward, “I’m just extremely grateful. I don’t get any younger, and my MS doesn’t get any better.”
The Christian life is a marathon. The route doesn’t get any smoother, and the struggles of life still get in our way. Hebrews assures us that an eternal reward awaits those who don’t give up, drop out, or shrink back! Join us tomorrow as Hebrews challenges us to keep running the race.

Sermon: “Torn Curtain” from Dan Mitchum

A sermon from the series “Hebrews: JESUS IS GREATER.” In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, a mysterious wardrobe grants or prevents entrance into Narnia. In The Lord of the Rings, the Doors of Durin bar entrance into Moria under the Misty Mountains. A key feature of these stories is a barrier between you and where you need to be.

There used to be a barrier—a curtain—that kept us from God. But in His death, Jesus tore the veil in two. Through faith, we now can enter the very presence of God with confidence. That is amazing grace! Tomorrow we’ll discover just how much the Lord loves it when we draw near to Him.

Sermon: “The Masterpiece of God in Christ” from Marc Swenson

A sermon from the series “Hebrews: JESUS IS GREATER.” Everyone loves a good action movie. But in the middle, we find ourselves asking how in the world will this resolve? How will they rescue that person? How will they get out of this impossible situation? It’s not until you get to the end of the movie that you understand how all of the confusing details in the middle fit together. We won’t be watching any movies tomorrow, but as we continue in our study of Hebrews, we’ll find that the fullness of the gospel story can only be understood by starting with Christ and looking backward. Join us as we deepen our understanding of the gospel and grow in our appreciation of God’s master plan and its implications for our lives.

Sermon: “Nothing but the Blood of Jesus” from Dan Mitchum

A sermon from the series “Hebrews: JESUS IS GREATER.” The lyrics to this old hymn summarize the life-changing message of Hebrews 9. The blood of Christ is precious and powerful. In shedding His blood, Jesus has transfused His life into ours. He has revived us, forgiven us, and cleansed us from the inside out! Join us tomorrow as we discover Jesus’s greatest gift.

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh, precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow.
Oh, no other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Sermon: “The New Covenant” from Dan Mitchum

A sermon from the series “Hebrews: JESUS IS GREATER.” How much weight can you lift?
Wanting to increase his strength, a guy joined a local gym. He tried one of those machines where you pull down a set of handlebars attached to a stack of weights. The weight he wanted to lift wouldn’t budge. So, he tried harder. Nothing. He redoubled his efforts, but nothing happened. Just as he was about to give up, a muscle-bound guy pointed out that the pin was mistakenly set at 500 pounds!
Tomorrow, we’ll learn the difference between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. The Old Covenant was about obeying the Ten Commandments and keeping the Old Testament sacrificial system.
But the Old Covenant was like that weight machine. We think we can lift the weight of obeying God—that we can be good enough for God. But when the time comes for the sustained, heavy lifting of daily obedience, we can’t budge the burden.
The New Covenant is all about the weight Jesus lifted for us. As our Great High Priest, Jesus did for us what we could have never done for ourselves.