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Sexual Purity

Text: Hebrews 13:4
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: April 29, 2007

This Sunday we will continue our considerations of the moral exhortations in the final chapter of Hebrews. While some of us can’t relate directly to last week’s admonition to care for prisoners who suffer for their faith, we fully understand what it is like to live in a society obsessed with sex and materialism (the topics for this week and next week).

In Hebrews 13:4, our author encourages us to honor marriage in a culture which defiles relationships and sexuality.
The foundation of the marriage covenant is God’s covenant with us. Our marriages are to picture the relationship between Christ and His church.

Sex itself is not evil. Sex within marriage is precious. The abuse of God’s gift, however, calls forth God’s judgment. The key to sexual purity is faith that God is most to be desired, and that He will satisfy our needs in His way and His time. Also, through faith, those of us who haven’t been pure in the past can experience grace, forgiveness, and transformation.


Love One Another

Text: Hebrews 13:1-3
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: April 22, 2007

Last week we completed the theological argument of Hebrews. This week we have come to the final chapter of Hebrews which is full of practical exhortations. We will take three weeks to consider verses 1-6 which admonish us to love, to sexual purity, and to contentment (freedom from money-love). Virtually every religion would claim to promote love, fidelity, and contentment. Christianity, however, approaches morality in a unique way. The most important moral issue is not love for fellow-man, but love for God. Also, our love for one another is grounded upon the love God has shown us in Christ. His love is our example and enablement.

This week’s sermon may not, like the earlier section of Hebrews, blow you away with deep doctrinal truth. Instead you will be reminded of our duty to love each other and how in particular to express love through hospitality and caring for those who are suffering.


Breakout Session – Avoiding Hurt: Courtship for Older Singles

Text: Misc.
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Date: April 21, 2007


Breakout Session – Contentment

Text: Misc.
Speaker: Curt Arend
Date: April 21, 2007


Breakout Session – Knowing God’s Will

Text: Misc.
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: April 21, 2007


Session 4 – Hope’s Destination

Text: Misc.
Speaker: John Sale
Date: April 21, 2007


Session 3 – Hope’s Satisfied Heart

Text: Misc.
Speaker: John Sale
Date: April 20, 2007


Breakout Session – God’s Call to Singleness

Text: Misc.
Speaker: Dr. Dennis Johnson
Date: April 20, 2007


Breakout Session – Finanical Challenges

Text: Misc.
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Date: April 20, 2007


Session 2 – Hope Worships a Sovereign Lord

Text: Misc.
Speaker: John Sale
Date: April 20, 2007


Session 1 – Hope Discovered

Text: Misc.
Speaker: John Sale
Date: April 19, 2007


The Great Quake

Text: Hebrews 12:25-29
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: April 15, 2007

If you have lived long in California you have experienced at least one earthquake. Most earthquakes do very little damage. Even the most severe quakes typically cause damage in a limited area. The Bible records several earthquakes, each of which displays the power of God and the instability of our life on earth.

In this week’s text, the shaking of the ground when God gave the law at Sinai foreshadows a final great shaking which is spoken of by the Old Testament prophets, including Haggai. At the Lord’s coming everything which is inconsistent with the holiness of God will be shaken apart and removed. All that will remain is God’s unshakable kingdom, with us as his co-regents.

This truth should motivate us in at least two ways: First we should be thankful that, because of Christ, we belong to the kingdom which cannot be shaken. Such thankfulness should produce a life devoted to holy service to God. Also we should heed the warning that those who refuse to listen to God will not escape judgment from Him Who is a consuming fire.

The end of Hebrews 12 is the climax of the theological argument of the entire book. Chapter 13 contains concluding practical exhortations, greetings and a benediction.


Is Jesus’ Tomb Empty?

Text: Various
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: April 8, 2007

You are probably aware that the Discovery Channel recently aired a special entitled, “The Lost Tomb of Jesus”, in which James Cameron (the director of “Titanic”) and Simcha Jacobovici claim to have found the ossuary in which Jesus’ bones were placed. They try to combine a bit of Indiana Jones, CSI (with DNA evidence), and the Da Vinci Code (with claims of Jesus’ relationship to Mary Magdalene). They claim the statistical likelihood that they are correct is 600 to 1 in favor of their having found Jesus’ tomb. While Cameron and Jacobovici claim to have no religious agenda, the implication of their claim would be that Christianity is a fraud.

Have they really found Jesus’ body?

What would be the implications if they have?
Why do Christians believe Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead?
What are the implications to you if He has?


Biblical Restoration

Text: Galatians 6:1
Speaker: Dr. John Street
Date: April 1, 2007

Galatians 6:1 – Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.


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