Remember Hebrews - Hebrews 13:20-25


Date:  11/25/12
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Remember Hebrews
Scripture:  Hebrews 13:20-25

Description:  The letter to the Hebrews ends with a benediction, a reminder of what God has done and a prayer for what God will do for his children. By sacrificing the blood of his Son, God has made a covenant that promises peace and life that will last forever. By his covenant God gives to us what he requires of us, promising to transform us so we can live the lives of worship we were made to live.

The Grateful Life - Hebrews 13:1-6


Date:  11/11/12
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  The Grateful Life
Scripture:  Hebrews 13:1-6

Description:  Because of Jesus, worship looks different. There are no more temples, sacrifices, or ceremonial cleansings; now worship is a way of life, a life defined by gratitude for what God has done and will do for us through Jesus. This passage gives examples of what should mark a grateful life.

Heal What Is Lame - Hebrews 12:12-17


Date:  10/21/12
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Heal What Is Lame
Scripture:  Hebrews 12:12-17

Description:  If the Christian life amounts to a long, difficult, and painful race, we’ve got to work as a team to strengthen each other and bind what is broken—to create a community of healing. We must work hard at what God is working out in us; this looks like peace with each other and a fuller dependence on God. And we must take responsibility for each other’s faith, pushing each other beyond apathy, hard-heartedness, and fleeting pleasure.

Endure Pain - Hebrews 12:1-11


Date:  10/14/12
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Endure Pain
Scripture:  Hebrews 12:1-11

Description:  The witness of Israel’s heroes and especially of Jesus is this: God’s promises are more precious than the comforts of this world. But this text reveals another dimension to how we should view our pain as people of faith. Our pain is used by our Father to discipline us; it shows God loves us, it aims at our holiness, and it always bears fruit.

Faith In A Better Resurrection - Hebrews 11:32-40


Date:  10/07/12
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Faith In A Better Resurrection
Scripture:  Hebrews 11:32-40

Description:  This conclusion to Hebrews’s list of faith’s exemplars offers a striking contrast. Sometimes faith brings back the dead, and sometimes faith costs everything. But the key point is this: if Jesus is alive, the difference between gaining or losing everything in this life doesn’t ultimately matter.

Moses, Faith, And Our Identity - Hebrews 11:23-31


Date:  09/30/12
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Moses, Faith, And Our Identity
Scripture:  Hebrews 11:23-31

Description:  Moses’s life shows how faith is a matter of identity. Faith says that Jesus is more satisfying than the fleeting pleasure of sin. He’s more rewarding than the greatest treasures of this world. He’s more secure than the powers we admire and crave. And that’s because Jesus alone overcomes our inadequacy and makes us children of God.

Living The Faith Of Abraham - Hebrews 11:8-22


Date:  09/23/12
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Living The Faith Of Abraham
Scripture:  Hebrews 11:8-22

Description:  The life of Abraham offers one of the Bible’s best examples of what it looks like to claim the promises of God by faith. Here our author uses Abraham’s life to call us to live as exiles in this world because we live with a homesick longing for the world to come.

Draw Near - Hebrews 10:19-22


Date:  08/12/12
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Draw Near
Scripture:  Hebrews 10:19-22

Description:  The truth about Jesus explained so carefully earlier in the letter is brought home here with one simple command: draw near to God. But because drawing near to God is easier spoken of than acted on, this passage helps us identify why we struggle to approach God and what we can do about it.

Pleasing God - Hebrews 10:1-10


Date:  07/29/12
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Pleasing God
Scripture:  Hebrews 10:1-10

Description:  We know from human relationships how disruptive it is to have displeased the other person and to know we’ve been displeasing. Israel’s relationship with God suffered from this sense that God wasn’t fully pleased with his people, and a major point of their sacrificial system was to remind them of this problem. But Jesus came to perfectly please God, to do his will once and for all, and because of Jesus we can please God too.

Failure, Death, And Redemption - Hebrews 9:14-22


Date:  07/01/12
Speaker:  Matt McCullough
Title:  Failure, Death, And Redemption
Scripture:  Hebrews 9:14-22

Description:  All of us possess a moral conscience, and all of us have experienced what it is to have a defiled conscience—a conscience that tells us we have failed to meet our own standards, much less God’s. This passage explains how Jesus came to purify our consciences, to redeem us from living under the dark cloud of our failure.