The Pilgrim’s Journey—Hebrews 11:13-16

20171119FBCAM [Thanksgiving]

Levi Durfey

 

THE PILGRIM’S JOURNEY TO THE NEW WORLD

 

Most Americans know the story of Thanksgiving—it has to do with the Pilgrims, the Mayflower, and funny hats with belt buckles on them. They landed near Plymouth Rock in 1620. They had one awful winter with many of them dying. But the next summer, the Indians in the area helped them learn how to grow crops in the New World and that harvest time the Pilgrims and the Indians had a big feast in thanksgiving for a good harvest.

 

That roughly is the story of Thanksgiving, more or less. But why did the Pilgrims come over on the Mayflower? Let me tell you the part of the story you may not know.

Continue reading

Why Should We Keeping Meeting Together?—Hebrews 10:23-25

20150329FBCAM [Anniversary Sunday]

Levi Durfey

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Today is Anniversary Sunday. Eighty-four years ago, in the Spring of 1931, three men: an evangelist and a missionary from Miles City, with a musician from Sweden, came to Baker and led a two-week evangelistic service. 

 

The messages warmed the hearts of several individuals, and with the help of a pastor from Miles City, they formally established the First Baptist Church of Baker in March of 1931. 

 

The very first Anniversary Sunday happened the next year, making this day an eighty-four year tradition of the church.

 

Originally, the church met in Graingers Hall (located a couple buildings to the North of Wells Fargo) on the top floor. One of the first members remembered that she was baptized in a horse trough that someone hauled into Graingers Hall.

 

By the end of 1934 the church had a basement built (with a dirt mound on top of it) that would serve as it’s home until the top half could be built following World War II. When the first pastor left in 1938, the church had grown from 17 to 200 members and were meeting in the original basement.

 

Why was church so important to them? Sure, the evangelistic meetings had lifted them closer to the Lord, but why not just go home and pray and study there?

 

In Hebrews 10:23-25 we find the answer to the question: why should we keep meeting together? In these verses, we’ll see our mission, our method, and our motivation.

 

23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:23–25) Continue reading

Will You Eat Meat Or Just Drink Milk?—Hebrews 5:11-14

INTRODUCTION

 

Have you ever tried to explain something to someone and then realized that they didn’t even have the background to understand what you were saying?

 

With me this sometimes happens when I am trying to explain something about computers to someone. I say, “So you click here and this app will open and you can type this command…” Then they interrupt and say, “How do you turn the computer on again?”

 

The same type of thing happened to the author of Hebrews. He was writing along, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, telling how the Old Testament high priest Melchizedek, who lived in Abraham’s day, actually foreshadowed Christ and his high priesthood.

 

8 Though [Christ] were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 10 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec. (Hebrews 5:8–10)

 

Suddenly he stops and realizes that they weren’t going to get it.

 

11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:11–14)

 

They have a problem, it’s…

 

Continue reading

Sermon: The Fourth Provision Of The New Covenant: Total Forgiveness Of Sins

Hebrews 8:7-13

20130808FBCTH

 

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 

 

10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. 13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. (Hebrews 8:7–13)

 

INTRODUCTION

 

We have been looking at the New Covenant described here in Hebrews 8. The author lists four provisions

 

Hebrews 8:10a For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; 

I will put my laws into their mind, 

and write them in their hearts: 

 

In the first provision of the New Covenant, God gives us a heart, an inner inclination, to obey him. In the Old Covenant, this was not the case. The commands were given, but by and large God gave no power to obey them. 

 

The lesson was clear: we cannot obey God with sheer willpower; we need his Spirit to empower us.

 

Hebrews 8:10b

and I will be to them a God, 

and they shall be to me a people: 

 

In the second provision we find that as believers we belong to God—we have a firm relationship with God—and so we are also responsible to avoid idolatry to maintain the purity of our identification with God. 

 

When we allow our desires to become demands and control our lives, they become idols. We become identified with that desire idol and not with God.

 

In verse 11, we found the third provision:

 

Hebrews 8:11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, 

and every man his brother, 

saying, Know the Lord: 

for all shall know me, 

from the least to the greatest.

 

We know the Lord, not just informationally, but we know him relationally. To know the Lord is to know the Lord personally.

 

The last provision of the New Covenant given here in Hebrews 8 is:


Continue reading

Sermon: The Third Provision Of The New Covenant: Knowing The Lord Personally

Hebrews 8:7-13

20130804FBCPM

 

 

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 

 

10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. 13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. (Hebrews 8:7–13)

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Hebrews 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 

 

We have been looking at the New Covenant described here in Hebrews 8. The author lists four provisions; we’ve covered the first two already:

 

A. First Provision: A Heart For Obedience 

 

“I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts:” — God gives us a heart to obey him. In the Old Covenant, this was not the case. The commands were given, but by and large God gave no power to obey them. 

 

The lesson is clear: we cannot obey God with sheer willpower; we need his Spirit to empower us.

 

B. Second Provision: Belonging To God

 

“and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:” — 

 

As believers we belong to God, making us responsible to avoid idolatry to maintain the purity of our belonging to God. 

 

Idolatry happens when we allow our desires to become demands and control our thoughts. Often, without our knowing it, our desires slowly become the gods that we worship instead of the true God (although we will always claim allegiance to him in some form).

 

The Fourth Provision will be: Total Forgiveness Of Sins. But now, the Third Provision: Knowing The Lord Personally.

Continue reading

Sermon: The Second Provision Of The New Covenant: Belonging To God

Hebrews 8:7-13

20130801FBCTH

 

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 

 

10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. 13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. (Hebrews 8:7–13)

 

INTRODUCTION

 

We’ve been talking about how God has made a New Covenant. A Covenant is an agreement between two persons, like a contract, but more personal.

 

…a divine covenant is an agreement in which God binds Himself to carry out His personal promise to His people, to redeem them from sin and bless them forever. Faith and obedience are the marks of the person who experiences the fulfillment of the covenant. (John F. MacArthur Jr., Ephesians, MacArthur New Testament Commentary [Chicago: Moody Press, 1986], 73)

 

In this text we find four provisions that God makes in the New Covenant. 

First Provision: A Heart For Obedience 

Second Provision: Belonging To God

Third Provision: Knowing The Lord Personally 

Fourth Provision: Total Forgiveness Of Sins

 

We’ve seen the first, a Heart for Obedience, now let’s look at the second.

 

Continue reading

Sermon: The First Provision Of The New Covenant: A Heart For Obedience

 

Hebrews 8:7-13

20130721FBCPM

 

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 

 

10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. 13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away. (Hebrews 8:7–13)

 

WHAT IS A COVENANT?

 

What is a covenant, that is, a covenant as found in the Bible? I looked at maybe two dozen definitions and found some common threads: a covenant is formal; it is written; it is a promise; it is an agreement. 

 

While those are helpful, they didn’t really impact me in a personal way. I mean, I do the same thing with my cell phone company. Is my relationship with God like a contract with a cell phone company? No, of course not, so we need to turn from definition to description. 

 

Here’s one that was helpful for me:


Continue reading