Good Friday: The Weakness of God

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Images of Jesus in our minds are often images of strength, power, and leadership… He is the Son of God after all!  But the gospels actually present of very different image of Jesus… and the Easter weekend confronts us with an incredibly weak, dark, and broken image of Jesus. But it is precisely this image […]

The New Covenant

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How do you relate to God?  So many people think that they have to embrace a special set of rules in order to get close to God, or others think that they have to make themselves clean and acceptable to God before He will listen to them. Well as the preacher continues to call his […]

Jesus the Greater Melchizedek

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Melchizedek appears as a bit of a man of mystery in the story of God’s people. He appears for only a short time in Genesis 14, but the preacher of Hebrews declares that he punches well above his weight in terms of importance. As Pastor Joe unpacks who this man was and his contribution to […]

Anchor for Your Soul

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We speak of our faith a lot in church but I wonder how often we stop to consider what faith actually is.  It is easy for us to get confused into thinking that faith is some mystical belief against all evidence… or maybe that faith in built through our striving to attain godliness in one […]

WARNING: Don’t fall away!

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As we have been journeying through the book of Hebrews we have seen the preacher calling his people to see that Jesus is far greater than anything the old system of Judaism had to offer.  But it seem he is fearful that his preaching is falling on deaf ears…  And so he issues a stern […]

Jesus the Greater High Priest

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There is a deep uncertainty that exists in the minds of humanity about how we might approach a holy God when we are estranged from Him. In the Old Testament this gap was filled by priests. The people relied heavily on their connection to the priesthood in order to secure their salvation. So when Jews […]

Jesus the Greater Rest

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We live in a society where rest has become wrong. To rest means you are being lazy, that you are not committed to the cause, that you are useless and insignificant. But in the story of God’s people rest was actually a deeply desired concept. As the preacher of Hebrews continues to plead with his […]

Jesus: Greater than Moses

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As the preacher to the Hebrews has been passionately pleading with his people, we have begun to see that the Jesus he is preaching is far greater than anything that the old structures of Judaism could offer. This week one of our elders, Dave Evans, shows us how Jesus is greater than Moses and everything […]

Jesus Better than Angels

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Our culture has turned the idea of angels into feminised images of niceness and beauty… but when a Jew thought about angels they envisaged a powerful warrior-like creature who exercised significant power. Angels were the source of assurance for the Jews as they verified the messages that God sent them. With Jewish Christians being tempted […]

Jesus is Everything

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While we don’t know too many concrete details about the author or the audience of the book of but what we do know helps us greatly in understanding the true meaning of this book. Basically the deal is that persecution has caused many Jewish Christians to be tempted into forsaking their new Christian faith and […]