Hebrews – Part 5: Jesus: His Superior Ministry

Prologue

“Jesus: His Superior Ministry” is part 5 of a 10-part study on the Book of Hebrews. You may view any of the previous parts by clicking one of the links below.

Scripture

Hebrews 8:1-6 (NASB)
1 Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest , who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens , 2 a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle , which the Lord pitched , not man . 3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices ; so it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer . 4 Now if He were on earth , He would not be a priest at all , since there are those who offer the gifts according to the Law ; 5 who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things , just as Moses was warned by God when he was about to erect the tabernacle ; for, “SEE ,” He says , “THAT YOU MAKE all things ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN WHICH WAS SHOWN YOU ON THE MOUNTAIN .” 6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father, Creator of all that exists, open our eyes so that we may see the greatness of Jesus and His superiority over all things. We pray in His most holy name. Amen.

Probing Question

How is Christ’s new covenant ministry superior to that of the old covenant?

Transitional Sentence

Christ’s new covenant ministry is superior to that of the old covenant, because of…

Main Points

1. A Better Covenant

Inadequacy of the Old Covenant

Hebrews 8:7-9 (NASB)
7 For if that first covenant had been faultless , there would have been no occasion sought for a second . 8 For finding fault with them, He says , “BEHOLD , DAYS ARE COMING , SAYS THE LORD , WHEN I WILL EFFECT A NEW COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH ; 9 NOT LIKE THE COVENANT WHICH I MADE WITH THEIR FATHERS ON THE DAY WHEN I TOOK THEM BY THE HAND TO LEAD THEM OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT; FOR THEY DID NOT CONTINUE IN MY COVENANT, AND I DID NOT CARE FOR THEM, SAYS THE LORD.

Adequacy of the New Covenant

Hebrews 8:10-13 (NASB)
10 “FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AFTER THOSE DAYS , SAYS THE LORD : I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS , AND I WILL WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS . AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD , AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE . 11 “AND THEY SHALL NOT TEACH EVERYONE HIS FELLOW CITIZEN , AND EVERYONE HIS BROTHER , SAYING , ‘KNOW THE LORD ,’ FOR ALL WILL KNOW ME, FROM THE LEAST TO THE GREATEST OF THEM. 12 “FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR INIQUITIES , AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE .” 13 When He said , “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.

2. A Better Sanctuary

Imperfection of the Earthly Sanctuary

Hebrews 9:1-10 (NASB)
1 Now even the first covenant had regulations of divine worship and the earthly sanctuary . 2 For there was a tabernacle prepared , the outer one , in which were the lampstand and the table and the sacred bread ; this is called the holy place . 3 Behind the second veil there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies , 4 having a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold , in which was a golden jar holding the manna , and Aaron’s rod which budded , and the tables of the covenant ; 5 and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat ; but of these things we cannot now speak in detail . 6 Now when these things have been so prepared , the priests are continually entering the outer tabernacle performing the divine worship , 7 but into the second , only the high priest enters once a year , not without taking blood , which he offers for himself and for the sins of the people committed in ignorance . 8 The Holy Spirit is signifying this , that the way into the holy place has not yet been disclosed while the outer tabernacle is still standing , 9 which is a symbol for the present time . Accordingly both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make the worshiper perfect in conscience , 10 since they relate only to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until a time of reformation.

Perfection of the Heavenly Sanctuary

Hebrews 9:11-12 (NASB)
11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come , He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle , not made with hands , that is to say, not of this creation ; 12 and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

Illustration

St. Cyril, an early church father, says in a few words the following, what others have employed whole volumes on by refining, spiritualizing, and allegorizing:

“Although Christ be but one, yet he is understood by us under a variety of forms. He is the Tabernacle, on account of the human body in which he dwelt. He is the Table, because he is our Bread of life. He is the Ark which has the law of God enclosed within, because he is the Word of the Father. He is the Candlestick, because he is our spiritual light. He is the Altar of incense, because he is the sweet-smelling odour of sanctification. He is the Altar of burnt-offering, because he is the victim, by death on the cross, for the sins of the whole world.”

3. A Better Sacrifice

Necessity of Shed Blood

Hebrews 9:13-22 (NASB)
13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh , 14 how much more will the blood of Christ , who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God , cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God ? 15 For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant , so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant , those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance . 16 For where a covenant is, there must of necessity be the death of the one who made it. 17 For a covenant is valid only when men are dead , for it is never in force while the one who made it lives . 18 Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood . 19 For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law , he took the blood of the calves and the goats , with water and scarlet wool and hyssop , and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people , 20 saying , “THIS IS THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT WHICH GOD COMMANDED YOU.” 21 And in the same way he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood . 22 And according to the Law , one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

Purification of the Heavenly Sanctuary

Hebrews 9:23-28 (NASB)
23 Therefore it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these , but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these . 24 For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands , a mere copy of the true one , but into heaven itself , now to appear in the presence of God for us; 25 nor was it that He would offer Himself often , as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood that is not his own . 26 Otherwise , He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world ; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself . 27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment , 28 so Christ also , having been offered once to bear the sins of many , will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him.

Permanence of the Sacrifice

  • Inadequacy of the Levitical Sacrifices

Hebrews 10:1-9 (NASB)
1 For the Law , since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things , can never , by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year , make perfect those who draw near . 2 Otherwise , would they not have ceased to be offered , because the worshipers , having once been cleansed , would no longer have had consciousness of sins ? 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins year by year . 4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins . 5 Therefore , when He comes into the world , He says , “SACRIFICE AND OFFERING YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED , BUT A BODY YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ME; 6 IN WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND sacrifices FOR SIN YOU HAVE TAKEN NO PLEASURE . 7 “THEN I SAID , ‘BEHOLD , I HAVE COME (IN THE SCROLL OF THE BOOK IT IS WRITTEN OF ME) TO DO YOUR WILL , O GOD .’ ” 8 After saying above , “SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS AND WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND sacrifices FOR SIN YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED , NOR HAVE YOU TAKEN PLEASURE in them” (which are offered according to the Law ), 9 then He said, “BEHOLD, I HAVE COME TO DO YOUR WILL.” He takes away the first in order to establish the second.

  • Adequacy of Christ’s Sacrifice

Hebrews 10:10-18 (NASB)
10 By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all . 11 Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices , which can never take away sins ; 12 but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time , SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD , 13 waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET . 14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified . 15 And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying , 16 “THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS , SAYS THE LORD : I WILL PUT MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEART , AND ON THEIR MIND I WILL WRITE THEM,” He then says, 17 “AND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE .” 18 Now where there is forgiveness of these things , there is no longer any offering for sin.

Conclusion

Christ’s new covenant ministry is superior to that of the old covenant, because of:

  • A better covenant
    • Inadequacy of the old covenant
    • Adequacy of the new covenant
  • A better sanctuary
    • Imperfection of the earthly sanctuary
    • Perfection of the heavenly sanctuary
  • A better sacrifice
    • Necessity of shed blood
    • Purification of the heavenly sanctuary
    • Permanence of the sacrifice
      • Inadequacy of the Levitical sacrifices
      • Adequacy of Christ’s sacrifice

Closing Prayer

Heavenly Father, we thank You that You provided through Jesus, a far superior, perfect ministry, so that through His sufficiency, we could have life eternal. May we never lose sight of this fact. Thank You for loving us so much. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Epilogue

“Jesus: His Superior Ministry” is part 5 of a 10-part study on the Book of Hebrews. You may view any of the following parts by clicking one of the links below.

Gospel Invitation

Is the Holy Spirit stirring within your heart? Is He convicting you of the need to make changes in your life and/or calling you to take action? The Bible says:

James 4:17 (NASB)
17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

1 John 5:3 (NASB)
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

If the Holy Spirit is urging you to take action, it is important to respond with immediate obedience. Delayed obedience is disobedience. Please read the following sections that apply to your current situation and prayerfully consider the suggested course of actions.

I am lost. I need to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

John 3:16-18 (NASB)
16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Action

  • To learn more about Jesus and His gift of redemption, read God's Plan of Salvation. If you are already familiar with the Plan of Savation, skip forward to section How to Become a Christian.
  • If you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please let us know by filling out the Contact Form below.

I am saved; but, I have sin in my life that I need to confess and repent.

1 John 1:8-9 (NASB)
8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Acts 3:19 (NASB)
19  "Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;

Action

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I am saved; but, I need to rededicate my life to the Lord.

Praise the Lord.

Action

  • In your own words, pray a prayer similar to the following:

Heavenly Father, I have fallen short of Your glory and have failed to live up to Your expectations for me. Please forgive me. Lord, I rededicate my life to You. Not my will; but, Your will be done. Thank You for being a God of second chances. Use me Lord. Shape me and mold me into the person You would have me to be. I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.

  • If you just rededicated your life to the Lord, please let us know by filling out the Contact Form below.

I need to discuss my situation confidentially.

James 5:16 (NASB)
16  Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

Action

  • Fill out the Contact Form below to confidentially discuss the situation in your life that is troubling you. The information you send will not be shared with anyone else. Your privacy will be protected.

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Every Sunday Is Memorial Day

Introduction

Encyclopedia Americana, 1991 Edition

Memorial Day is an official holiday in most states of the United States. It was observed on May 30 until 1971, when for federal employees, the date was changed to the last Monday in May. With the exception of Louisiana, all states observing Memorial Day adopted the change. It is also known as Decoration Day.

The custom of placing flowers on the graves of the war veterans began on May 5, 1866, in Waterloo, NY, and Waterloo has been recognized by Congress as the official birthplace of Memorial Day. In 1868, Gen. John A. Logan, then president of the Grand Army of the Republic, declared that May 30 would be a day to decorate with “flowers the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion.”

After World War I the day was set aside to honor the memory of veterans of all American wars, and the custom was extended to pay homage to deceased relatives and friends, both military and civilian. The most solemn ceremony conducted on Memorial Day is the placing of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns located in Arlington national Cemetery.

Tomorrow, the United States will celebrate this day.

  • Many people see it as just a day off; a 3 day weekend.
  • For those who have lost someone because of war or military action, it means much more than a day off.
    • Every American ought to recognize this day
      • Out of his patriotic duty to his country
      • In honor of those who spilled their blood to make America what she is today
        • Free
        • Strong
        • A nation worth fighting for
    • Because men have died for this country, we have the right to
      • Preach God’s word freely
      • Live at peace in our own homes
      • Pursue peace, prosperity and happiness
  • Thank God for those who died to make us free.

We celebrate Memorial Day once a year to remember those who died for freedom, but every week is a celebration of the Memorial of Christ. As we prepare to enter into a day to remember those who died for liberty…

  • It is fitting to remember the one who died to set us free from spiritual tyranny.
  • Jesus fought the armies of Hell that we might have liberty in his holy name.
  • Let us parallel our nation’s Memorial Day with the memorial day of Christ.
  • Because for the Christian, every Sunday is a memorial day.

In light of Christ’s battle, let us examine evidence of our memorial in Him as we recognize the likeness of our celebration of our military.

Scripture

1 Corinthians 11:23b-29 (NASB)
23 … the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. 27 Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28 But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly.

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father, almighty God, Creator of all that exists, hallowed be thy name. Your plan of salvation existed before the very foundation of the universe. before You even created man, You knew You would be sending Your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to the cross to die for man’s sin. In faithful and relentless obedience to You, Jesus sacrificed Himself to reconcile mankind to You. As we take this special time of year to remember those brave men and women who have sacrificed themselves so that we may live free from tyranny, may we also take time to remember Jesus’ sacrifice so that we may live free from the bondage of sin. Help us to remember that every Sunday, yea, even every day, should be a memorial to Jesus and His atoning work. Please lead, guide, and direct us in Your righteousness and protect us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

Probing Question

How should Christians remember the Lord’s sacrifice with proper self-examination?

Transitional Sentence

Christians should remember the Lord’s sacrifice with proper self-examination by…

Main Points

1. Mourning the Loss

1 Corinthians 11:23b-26 (NASB)
23 … the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

  • We remember the loved ones who died, wish they were here and not gone; here to share with us, to hold, to talk to and to see, but because of death, we can not
  • When people die, we naturally think of the “If Only’s”
    • “If only I had told him I loved him”
    • “If only I had kissed her one last time”
    • “If only I hadn’t spoken so harshly”
  • We replay those doubts over and over in our minds, but we ultimately know those “If Only’s” would not change a thing
  • On the Lord’s Memorial Day, we are to examine our responsibility to Christ’s death
    • The Christian must recognize that he is very responsible for His death
    • “If only we had not sinned He would not have had to die”
    • But we are to blame
      • We must examine ourselves as we meet around his memorial as if we would stand before a mirror and realize the truth in…

Romans 3:23 (NASB)
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

      • We are the ones to blame
      • We caused all his shame
      • He was publicly humiliated, beaten, spit upon, and treated as a sinner because we are sinners
  • As we mourn the loss of Christ
    • Realize that we are the guilty ones
    • Know that if there only be one sinner who was lost, Christ still would have died – His love is that great

Matthew 18:12-14 (NASB)
12 “What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? 13 “If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. 14 “So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.

    • We are that lost sheep and Jesus found us.
  • Mourning the loss is the first thing we must do as we celebrate the memorial of our Lord
    • This is why Jesus gave us the bread at communion
    • The first thing you do with the bread as you partake of this memorial is break it
    • Whether you physically break it with your hands or you chew it, you break the body of Christ, just as our sin broke the physical body of Christ

2. Remembering the Life

1 Corinthians 11:27-29 (NASB)
27 Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28 But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly.

  • Part of our emotional healing in the process of grief is to remember the lives of the loved ones who have passed
  • The headstones we put on the graves are a testimony of who those people were
    • The epitaphs provide some remembrances of those who died
    • Epitaphs in our cemetery:
      • “May They Rest In Peace”
      • “Son of…”
      • “Daughter of…”
      • “At Rest”
      • “Gone But Not Forgotten”
      • “In Loving Memory”
      • “Wife of…”
      • “Gone To Soon”
      • “She Was The Sunshine of Our Home”
      • “Gone Home To Be With Jesus”
      • “Precious Lord Take My Hand”
      • “You Left Us Too Soon”
    • All of these messages tell us a little about the one who is buried under that headstone
    • Likewise the epitaph that Jesus left tells us something about Him
    • Inscribed on just about every communion table I have ever seen are the words “Do This In Remembrance of Me”
  • What must we remember about Jesus?
    • How He lived
    • What He taught through His life
    • He set a glowing example of how to live in love
    • Our life should reflect that love
  • The bread that we break is a reminder of the body of Christ
    • We are vividly reminded each time we observe this memorial that we are a part of the body of Christ
    • When we physically eat this bread it becomes a part of our body
      • Our body uses this bread for our nourishment
      • But Jesus doesn’t only want us just to be physically nurtured as we meet around the table, He also wants us to be spiritually edified
  • This remembering is not simply the recalling of historical facts, it’s a participation in spiritual realities
    • At the Lord’s Table we don’t walk around the monument and admire it
    • We have fellowship with a living Savior as our hearts reach out by faith
    • If we approach this memorial in the proper attitude we will experience spiritual growth, just as our physical body grows when fed properly
    • The opposite is also true – if we approach the table in a haphazard manner then we take something that is of the highest of religious ceremonies and make a mockery of it, and there will be Hell to pay for the one who cares not for what his Savior has done
    • Do not make light of this Memorial Feast, “Do this in remembrance of Him”

3. Being Thankful for the Sacrifice

1 Corinthians 11:23b-26 (NASB)
23 … the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.

Illustration

“Stories from the Heart”

It was a few weeks before Christmas 1917. The beautiful snowy landscapes of Europe were blackened by war.

The trenches on one side held the Germans and on the other side the trenches were filled with Americans. It was World War I. The exchange of gunshots was intense. Separating them was a very narrow strip of no-man’s-land. A young German soldier attempting to cross that no-man’s-land had been shot and had become entangled in the barbed wire. He cried out in anguish, then in pain he continued to whimper.

Between the shells all the Americans in that sector could hear him scream. When one American soldier could stand it no longer, he crawled to that German soldier. When the Americans realized what he was doing they stopped firing, but the Germans continued. Then a German officer realized what the young American was doing and he ordered his men to cease firing. Now there was a weird silence across the no-man’s-land. On his stomach, the American made his way to that German soldier and disentangled him. He stood up with the German in his arms, walked straight to the German trenches and placed him in the waiting arms of his comrades. Having done so, he turned and started back to the American trenches.

Suddenly there was a hand on his shoulder that spun him around. There stood a German officer who had won the Iron Cross, the highest German honor for bravery. He jerked it from his own uniform and placed it on the American, who walked back to the American trenches. When he was safely in the trenches, they resumed the insanity of war!

  • That German soldier was thankful for that American soldiers sacrifice.
  • All the heroic acts done on the battlefields throughout history have made our country what it is today
    • We are free
    • We are wealthy
    • We are respected around the world
  • I am proud to be an American and I have the luxuries of this country because men and women have died to give me what I have.
  • Similarly the price Jesus paid afforded us salvation
    • We have the promise of salvation and we did nothing to afford this luxury
    • For this we must be thankful
    • This is why Jesus gave us the cup
    • When we drink the juice, we remember our forgiveness
    • It is the blood of Jesus that He spilt in order to clean our hearts from sin

Hebrews 9:13-14 (NASB)
13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

  • When you were immersed, a lost, unclean sinner stepped into the baptistery
    • The preacher announced your intent and declared that he was baptizing you for
      • The forgiveness of your sins
      • The gift of the Holy Spirit
      • The promise of eternal life
    • Three (3) unmerited gifts given to you
    • The grace of God was poured out onto you
  • Now that is something to be thankful for!

Conclusion

Christians should remember the Lord’s sacrifice with proper self-examination by

  • Mourning the loss
    • Mourn the loss of the body of Christ
    • Examine your responsibility to it as you break the bread
  • Remembering the life
    • Remember the life of Jesus as you compare your life with His
    • Eat the bread and realize that you are one with His body
  • Being thankful for the sacrifice
    • Be thankful for His sacrifice, because it is through His sacrifice that you have received salvation
    • Partake of the cup and be thankful for His sacrifice that offered you forgiveness

This Memorial Day, remember your Savior and His Memorial.

Closing Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for the brave men and women who have sacrificed themselves for our freedom. May we never forget the price they paid for us. Even more so, thank You for Your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our eternal freedom. May we never forget the price He paid for us. We pray these things in the precious and holy name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Gospel Invitation

Is the Holy Spirit stirring within your heart? Is He convicting you of the need to make changes in your life and/or calling you to take action? The Bible says:

James 4:17 (NASB)
17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

1 John 5:3 (NASB)
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

If the Holy Spirit is urging you to take action, it is important to respond with immediate obedience. Delayed obedience is disobedience. Please read the following sections that apply to your current situation and prayerfully consider the suggested course of actions.

I am lost. I need to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

John 3:16-18 (NASB)
16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Action

  • To learn more about Jesus and His gift of redemption, read God's Plan of Salvation. If you are already familiar with the Plan of Savation, skip forward to section How to Become a Christian.
  • If you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please let us know by filling out the Contact Form below.

I am saved; but, I have sin in my life that I need to confess and repent.

1 John 1:8-9 (NASB)
8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Acts 3:19 (NASB)
19  "Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;

Action

  • Fill out the Contact Form below to confidentially confess the sin in your life and your desire to repent. The information you send will not be shared with anyone else. Your privacy will be protected.

I am saved; but, I need to rededicate my life to the Lord.

Praise the Lord.

Action

  • In your own words, pray a prayer similar to the following:

Heavenly Father, I have fallen short of Your glory and have failed to live up to Your expectations for me. Please forgive me. Lord, I rededicate my life to You. Not my will; but, Your will be done. Thank You for being a God of second chances. Use me Lord. Shape me and mold me into the person You would have me to be. I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.

  • If you just rededicated your life to the Lord, please let us know by filling out the Contact Form below.

I need to discuss my situation confidentially.

James 5:16 (NASB)
16  Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

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