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Destination: Hebrews
Hebrews
Skip Heitzig

Hebrews 1 (NKJV™)
1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,
2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
5 For to which of the angels did He ever say: "You are My Son, Today I have begotten You"? And again: "I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son"?
6 But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: "Let all the angels of God worship Him."
7 And of the angels He says: "Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire."
8 But to the Son He says: "Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions."
10 And: "You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
11 They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment;
12 Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail."
13 But to which of the angels has He ever said: "Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool"?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
Hebrews 2 (NKJV™)
1 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.
2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward,
3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,
4 God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?
5 For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels.
6 But one testified in a certain place, saying: "What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him?
7 You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands.
8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet." For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,
12 saying: "I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You."
13 And again: "I will put My trust in Him." And again: "Here am I and the children whom God has given Me."
14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.
17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
Hebrews 3 (NKJV™)
1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus,
2 who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house.
3 For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house.
4 For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.
5 And Moses indeed was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which would be spoken afterward,
6 but Christ as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.
7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you will hear His voice,
8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness,
9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years.
10 Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, 'They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways.'
11 So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall not enter My rest.'"
12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God;
13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end,
15 while it is said: "Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion."
16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses?
17 Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness?
18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey?
19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
Hebrews 4 (NKJV™)
1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.
2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.
3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: "So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall not enter My rest,'" although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: "And God rested on the seventh day from all His works";
5 and again in this place: "They shall not enter My rest."
6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience,
7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, "Today," after such a long time, as it has been said: "Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts."
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day.
9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.
10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.
12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 5 (NKJV™)
1 For every high priest taken from among men is appointed for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins.
2 He can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness.
3 Because of this he is required as for the people, so also for himself, to offer sacrifices for sins.
4 And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was.
5 So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: "You are My Son, Today I have begotten You."
6 As He also says in another place: "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek";
7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear,
8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,
10 called by God as High Priest "according to the order of Melchizedek,"
11 of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.
13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.
14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Hebrews 6 (NKJV™)
1 Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
2 of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3 And this we will do if God permits.
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit,
5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,
6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.
7 For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God;
8 but if it bears thorns and briars, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.
9 But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner.
10 For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end,
12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself,
14 saying, "Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you."
15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
16 For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute.
17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath,
18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.
19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,
20 where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 7 (NKJV™)
1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him,
2 to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated "king of righteousness," and then also king of Salem, meaning "king of peace,"
3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.
4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils.
5 And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham;
6 but he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises.
7 Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better.
8 Here mortal men receive tithes, but there he receives them, of whom it is witnessed that he lives.
9 Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak,
10 for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.
11 Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron?
12 For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law.
13 For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar.
14 For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.
15 And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest
16 who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.
17 For He testifies: "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek."
18 For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness,
19 for the law made nothing perfect; on the other hand, there is the bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
20 And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath
21 (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him: "The LORD has sworn And will not relent, 'You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek'"),
22 by so much more Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant.
23 Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing.
24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.
25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens;
27 who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people's, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
28 For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.
Hebrews 8 (NKJV™)
1 Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
2 a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man.
3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this One also have something to offer.
4 For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law;
5 who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, "See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."
6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.
7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second.
8 Because finding fault with them, He says: "Behold, the days are coming, says 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 did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD.
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 in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
11 "None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.
12 "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."
13 In that He says, "A new covenant," He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.
Hebrews 9 (NKJV™)
1 Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary.
2 For a tabernacle was prepared: the first part, in which was the lampstand, the table, and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary;
3 and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All,
4 which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant;
5 and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.
6 Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services.
7 But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people's sins committed in ignorance;
8 the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing.
9 It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience--
10 concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation.
11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.
12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,
14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
16 For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
17 For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.
18 Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.
19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, 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 has commanded you."
21 Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry.
22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.
23 Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
24 For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;
25 not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another--
26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,
28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.
Hebrews 10 (NKJV™)
1 For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.
5 Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: "Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me.
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure.
7 Then I said, 'Behold, I have come--In the volume of the book it is written of Me--To do Your will, O God.'"
8 Previously saying, "Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them" (which are offered according to the law),
9 then He said, "Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God." He takes away the first that He may establish the second.
10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
12 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,
13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.
14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
15 But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,
16 "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,"
17 then He adds, "Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."
18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.
19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh,
21 and having a High Priest over the house of God,
22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,
25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.
28 Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord. And again, "The LORD will judge His people."
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings:
33 partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated;
34 for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven.
35 Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.
36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
37 "For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry.
38 Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him."
39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.
Hebrews 11 (NKJV™)
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.
5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, "and was not found, because God had taken him"; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise;
10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude--innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.
15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return.
16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18 of whom it was said, "In Isaac your seed shall be called,"
19 concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king's command.
24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter,
25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,
26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.
28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.
30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days.
31 By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace.
32 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets:
33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
35 Women received their dead raised to life again. And others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.
36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.
37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented--
38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise,
40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.
Hebrews 12 (NKJV™)
1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.
5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: "My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
6 For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives."
7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons.
9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live?
10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.
11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,
13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:
15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;
16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright.
17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.
18 For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest,
19 and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore.
20 (For they could not endure what was commanded: "And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow."
21 And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, "I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.")
22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels,
23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect,
24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven,
26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, "Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven."
27 Now this, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
29 For our God is a consuming fire.
Hebrews 13 (NKJV™)
1 Let brotherly love continue.
2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
3 Remember the prisoners as if chained with them--those who are mistreated--since you yourselves are in the body also.
4 Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
6 So we may boldly say: "The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?"
7 Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct.
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
9 Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.
10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat.
11 For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp.
12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.
13 Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.
14 For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.
15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
17 Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
18 Pray for us; for we are confident that we have a good conscience, in all things desiring to live honorably.
19 But I especially urge you to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
20 Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
22 And I appeal to you, brethren, bear with the word of exhortation, for I have written to you in few words.
23 Know that our brother Timothy has been set free, with whom I shall see you if he comes shortly.
24 Greet all those who rule over you, and all the saints. Those from Italy greet you.
25 Grace be with you all. Amen.

New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

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In our fifty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the book of Hebrews. Although the author of the book is not fully known, this well written letter reveals a man with a great desire to encourage Jewish believers to continue in the grace of Jesus Christ, instead of trying to escape persecution by bowing to the rites and rituals of Judaism. The key chapters to review are Hebrews 1-2, 6, 11, and 13.

Have you ever wanted to learn how The Bible fits together? The Bible from 30,000 Feet is an overview study through the entire Bible, hitting the highlights of its people, places, events and themes in about a year. This series will give you a coherent understanding of the holy word of God.



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DESTINATION: Hebrews


The author of this Epistle is unknown. Many think it was Paul, but others believe it was someone else. We know the author was a Jew born and educated in the Greek-speaking world. He had an excellent Greek vocabulary and was obviously trained in logic and rhetoric. It appears that he attended the finest schools of the first century. He had a well organized mind that was capable of ordering numerous details to produce a well reasoned argument.


CALENDAR OF EVENTS:


c. 65 A.D.

Writing of the book of Hebrews


TRIP PLANNER:


The Book of Hebrews was written because many of the early Jewish believers were slipping back into the rites and rituals of Judaism in order to escape the mounting persecution. This letter, then, is an exhortation for these persecuted believers to continue in the grace of Jesus Christ.


PLACES OF INTEREST:


Rome - The capital city of the Roman Empire was home to over a million people. It had scores of temples to pagan gods, and it was a symbol of paganism and idolatry in the New Testament.


PEOPLE OF INTEREST:


Paul - A rabbi born in Tarsus who studied Jewish Law under Rabbi Gamaliel. He is one of the possible writers of Hebrews.


Timothy - A young disciple who was Paul's companion on many of his journeys. His mother, Eunice, and his grandmother, Lois, are mentioned as eminent for their piety.


Melchizedek - In the Old Testament, he was the King of Salem and priest of the most high God. In Hebrews 6:20 and 7:17, Jesus is called a high priest of the order of Melchizedek.


The "Hall of Fame of Faith" - Hebrews 11 lists over a dozen people in biblical times who were commended for their faith, including Abel, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, and Samuel.


FUN FACTS:


Messiah - A Hebrew word meaning "anointed one." In Greek, the word is "Christos" or "Christ." Jews expected a king or political leader who would bring peace and prosperity. Christians know Him as the spiritual deliverer who sets His people free from sin and death. Christ is therefore not Jesus' last name but his title.


Covenant - A mutual agreement betwen two or more persons, to do or to forbear some act or thing; a contract. A covenant is created by deed in writing, sealed and executed; or it may be implied in the contract.


Tabernacle - A movable building, designed to be easily taken apart and reconstructed, so the Israelites could carry it in the wilderness. It was rectangular, 45 feet by 15 feet, and 15 feet high. The interior was divided into two rooms by a veil or curtain, and it was covered with four different spreads or carpets.

Keywords: grace, persecution, believers, judaism, exhortation

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Our trip over the Bible now approaches the opposing pecks on the book of Hebrews. This magnificent book is full of wonder, mystery, revelation, and of course faith. We want to take full advantage of this amazing scriptural scenery, so be sure to get a good view as we come to the book of Hebrews.

Pastor Skip Heitzig: Tonight, we are at 30,000 feet, so we are looking at the book of Hebrews from 30,000 feet. We are covering the book of Hebrews in less than an hour. So we will be moving very, very quickly. Now this letter is in a very different form from the other letters. Let me explain.

It doesn't have a normal introduction, like, Paul usually has a salutation or James or Peter or John, tell you who it's from and who it's to. It doesn't have a normal ending, a typical ending is not found here. In fact, the book of Hebrews is much less, like, a letter and much more like an essay or a sermon or a treatise, where themes are laid out very logically to draw the reader to a conclusion. So let's deal with the question, who wrote the book of Hebrews?

If you said the Paul the Apostle you will be in good company because that's, sort of, the default position for a long time, people like to say it's Paul the Apostle. For no other reason, honestly, then Paul wrote a lot of the New Testament. He was a Hebrews, he knew Hebraic tradition and Levitical law, so it must have been Paul. That's a possibility, but again, we don't know. Paul typically, would in his letter say, Paul the Apostle or Paul and Silas or Paul and Barnabas or Paul in Timothy too. He would almost always sign his letters at the end, at least he would sign his name if not the last few words. There is none of that here. There is no identification whatsoever.

Also, whenever Paul would quote from the Old Testament in his letters, he would choose the Hebrew Old Testament to quote from. Whoever the author of this book was, chose to quote from the Greek Old Testament, the Septuagint, not from the Hebrew like Paul often did. And the way this book is written is very polished, very concise and very rhythmic. It is unlike the style of many of Paul's writings, something else.

According to a couple of verses in chapter 2, around verse 3 and 4, the author of this book includes himself in the group that received the gospel secondhand from those who heard it firsthand and brought it to them. It was confirmed by those who heard it, says this author. That's very different from Paul the Apostle. Paul made a very strong point of saying, "I received it not by man or from men but I received the gospel by the revelation of Jesus Christ." In other words, baby I got it firsthand! I heard it from Jesus Himself and we know the story on the Damascus Road. He had a direct communication with Christ.

So there are these differences, whoever wrote this book knew Timothy. That we know, because in the very last chapter, chapter 13, verse 23, there is the mention of Timothy coming to wherever this person was when he wrote it. So a lot of people have guessed. And here are the best guesses in church history. Barnabas tops the list as a guest by a lot of people from the early church, Silas, Luke, Philip, some say Aquila, some say his wife Priscilla. So as you can see, nobody knows.

Now if I were to venture a guess, and this is only a guess because again we don't what? We don't know. So this is only my guess. I might guess that it was Apollos, because Apollos was a Jewish Christian understood Judaism in depth, was very polished, very highly educated and the scripture says he was an eloquent man. He was mighty in the scriptures and he spoke and he taught accurately the things of Jesus Christ.

So if I were to just guess, I would lean more toward Apollos and Apollos also knew Timothy and if he could be expecting him to come, but again we don't know. So I would like to look at it this way. The book of Hebrews opens with the real author, his name is given in the very first word, which is what? God, ultimately God is the author of the books of the Bible. He is the one who inspired the author and I'll just leave it with that.

Now who was this author, whoever it was, writing to? Well we can guess that he was writing the Hebrew Christians, because the book is saturated with Levitical law and sacrifices. There is no mention of Gentiles or non-Jewish in it. So it's to people who had understood the priesthood, the Tabernacle, the Temple, the sacrifices, the old covenant. So that's why most think it is written to Hebrew believers and perhaps even Hebrew unbelievers.

Believers, those who had come from their Judaism to embrace Jesus Christ, Yeshua as their Messiah, but also perhaps among them, some unbelieving Jews who were very attracted to the message of the gospel, very attracted to the idea that Jesus maybe the fulfillment of Messianic scripture. But though they were attracted by the message intellectually, they had not personally surrendered to it. Thus they were very interested seekers, unbelievers, but not believers. So it could be a combination of both.

This group, we don't know exactly where they were, some think Jerusalem, some think Rome, some think Galilee, we just don't know who wrote it or exactly where the group was who received it. One thing we do know, whoever they were wherever they were, they were facing persecution; persecution, because they believed in Jesus Christ. And because of that persecution they are now tempted to not embrace Jesus Christ, to shed and to cast away any identification with Christ at all and simply embrace the ritualistic system that they were so familiar with.

What's the theme of this sermon, this treatise, this letter, if you will? Well, the theme of it would be this, that Jesus Christ is the perfect and full expression of God and is better than anyone or anything else. I want to state that upfront. Jesus Christ is the full and final expression of God and is better than anyone or anything else. And therefore, that which was restricted before is not restricted any longer.

Access to God was restricted in the old covenant, you couldn't just rush into God's presence and say it to the priest, excuse me Mr. Priest of the Tabernacle, move aside, I want to go right now into the Holy of Holies and have a little talk with God, lightning from heaven, you get struck dead. Not going to happen, you have to go through rituals, sacrifices, courts and only certain people from a certain family and only a certain individual once a year could go into that place with the shedding of blood.

Now, the new covenant, because Jesus is the full and final expression of God the Father better than anyone or anything else, and because of what He has done and because it's so full and complete, we have unfettered, unrestricted access to God, that's the theme of this book. Let's outline it, very simple, two slices, you could cut this book into two slices. Chapters 1 through 10 are doctrinal, chapter 11, 12, and 13 is practical. So chapter 1 through 10, doctrinal instruction, and the last three chapters, practical exhortation.

Now this author is fixated, obsessed with Jesus Christ being superior and I am glad He is because he is right. He is superior and he will say He is superior then many other things that as believers in Christ we have a superior approach because Jesus Himself is superior. So our faith is superior because we have a better messenger than the angels. We have a better moderator than Moses, we have a better mediator than the priest, we have a better ministry then the Old Testament, we have a better method than the sacrifices, we have a better monument than the Tabernacle on the Temple. And then he applies into the last few chapters, he said, not only is Christ better Christianity is thus better and he applies it practically.

So let's go through parts of chapter 1 and parts of the whole book looking at now the first section, chapters 1 through 10, doctrinal instruction, Christ is superior. Chapters 1 and 2, it tells us that He is a better messenger, better than the angels, Verse 1 "God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things and through whom also He made the worlds."

Notice that the book opens with the acknowledgment that God speaks, God communicates, and He has done it with a lot of different ways during a lot of different times. Back in Genesis, God spoke directly to Adam and Eve. Then God spoke through angels because there were no prophets yet. Then we get into the book of Exodus and we find out that God spoke through an anointed man named Moses.

Then through Leviticus and Numbers God spoke through priests, they were the mediators. Sometimes you wanted to know the will of God, you go to a priest, and he had these, forgive me for the analogy, but they were like "Holy Dice" called the Urim and the Thummim. They were colored stones and he would roll them, and by the sovereign hand of God, God allowed His will to be discovered and thus God spoke through that method. And then we already read about 17 prophets that are mentioned in the Bible that God spoke through, prophetic voices. Some of them were a little strange in their methodology.

Ezekiel, God told him to stage a little fake war to besiege Jerusalem and so he set up a little fake city and had like army men and they would -- all the things boys like to do, he did. He had to lie on a side for days and lie on his other side for days. Then it was Jeremiah who took a pot and smashed it and got peoples' attention and when they said what's that all about? He said that's what's God going to do to you. So very, very interesting ways God spoke through angels and through Moses and through priests and through prophets.

Now, what this author is saying is God's ultimate revelation is through Jesus Christ. In other words, all that God ever wants to say can be said in Christ. Anything we ever need to know about God can be found in Jesus Christ and the author will go through this book and say He is better than angels, Moses, priesthood under Aaron, prophets, better than all of them.

Verse 4, "Having become so much better than the angels, He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For to which of the angels did He ever say: "You are My Son, today I have begotten You"? And again: "I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son"? But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: "Let all the angels of God worship Him."" He is better than the angels.

Now angels were prominent in Judaism. In fact all the way back in the Bible, where do Cherubim first appear in the Bible? Anybody know? The garden, I heard somebody say the garden. There were two angels, Cherubim stationed outside the garden with flaming swords, lest Adam and Eve try to go back in and eat of the tree of life and live forever in their sin. That's where they first appeared. But then in the tabernacle they appear again, they are woven into the cloth and the linen veil of the tabernacle. They are placed two of them atop the ark of the covenant.

The law was given through the mediator ship of angelic beings as well as the direct voice of God, the Bible tells us. And then there is Isaiah in chapter 6, who had a vision not of Cherubim but of another angelic type Seraphim crying "Holy, holy, holy." So angels were prominent and this author knew that some groups might try to equate Jesus with an angel or say He's not as important as an angel. I want to give you an example.

How many of you have ever heard of the Essenes, raise your hand? Okay, hands down, this would be a better question. How many of you have ever heard of the Dead Sea scrolls, raise your hands? Okay, good. The Dead Sea scrolls were written by a group called the Essenes and they lived down by the Dead Sea. They were very strict, rigorous group of Jewish people isolated from society couple thousand years ago.

They said, that Michael the Archangel will have at least the same amount of authority or greater authority than the Messiah. And so there was this belief going around. So the author of Hebrews says let me tell you something, Jesus is far better than any angel because all the angels of God are commanded to worship Him.

Now one of the great highlights of my travel was to go to the Sistine Chapel and look up and see it was mentioned on it, Michelangelo, who painted that great room, looking up at this scene of heaven that he created, Michelangelo. One thing I noticed is that, it's not that easy to pick out God, because He's obscured by all these angelic depictions, and Judaism at this time was doing the same thing, obscuring the superior one by all sorts of other beings that they were giving credence to.

So chapter 2, verse 1, "Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away." Stay tethered to the truth, stay tethered to Christ, don't be like a ship that goes adrift and gets shipwrecked. "For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him."

So, in the doctrinal instruction, number one, we have a better messenger, better than angels. Second, chapters 3 and 4, we have a better moderator, better than Moses. Moses was the moderator of the law of the old covenant. He was the dude, he was the guy. And all the children of Israel said, Moses, we don't want to go up and hear from God or see God, you go, because they saw lightning and thunder and they thought, let God kill him not us. So Moses, you go bro, and you go hear whatever God tells us and we will listen to it.

So he was the moderator of the covenant. He is the great lawgiver. Exodus 33 says, it's very interesting, "The Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend." And there was a book I picked it up, by Michael Shapiro called 'The Jewish 100' and it's the 100 most influential Jewish people of all history. Number one on the list in this book, Moses; number two on his list, Jesus.

Okay, the author of Hebrews goes excuse me, I disagree with that book, Jesus Christ is superior to Moses. Verse 1 "Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house. For the One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house."

What's he saying? He's saying Moses was part of the house. Moses was part of the household of faith or the people of God. He was one of the people. He wasn't any holier than anybody else, he was any sinless being or he was special and anointed and chosen by God but he was also flawed and he failed. He was part of the household of faith, but Jesus Christ is the architect, the builder of that household of faith since all Old Testament scripture according to Christ somehow pointed to him.

Well, after Moses, chapter 4, Joshua succeeded him and Joshua was the guy, right, that made it into the Promised Land. Remember, Moses didn't get to go, he blew it, he stayed, he died on Mount Nebo. So Joshua, which is an English word for Yeshua or Jesus, the Old Testament Joshua, led the children of Israel across the Jordan River, but an entire generation died in the wilderness and did not get to enter into that Land of Promise, Canaan, the Land of Rest.

So chapter 4, verse 8; "For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His." So we have a better messenger than the angels, we have a better moderator than Moses, and number three, we have a better mediator than Aaron and his boys or the priesthood of the Old Testament.

Chapter 4, verse 14, "Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."

How many of you ever need God's mercy? All of us do and we need a lot, right? And don't you love this verse? It didn't say come with fear and trembling like Dorothy and her gang with the Wizard of Oz, come boldly to the throne of grace because of the High Priest in His work.

Okay, a priest is a mediator, a priest was the go-between, a daysman. He would, in effect, touch people and touch God. He would stand and represent the people to God and represent God to the people. He was the mediator. Sin blocked immediate entrance, sin didn't allow people to rush into the very Holy of Holies and hang with God, couldn't do it, couldn't do it. He had to go through rituals, courts, sacrifices, altars and trust a mediator, because you couldn't go any further, that mediator would go all the way in on your behalf.

The problem is, according to rest of chapter 4 and into chapter 5 is the priest himself wasn't perfect. He was a sinner himself. He had to offer a sacrifice for himself and then offer it for the people. Whereas Jesus Christ is better, far superior, sinless and perfect, as throughout chapter 5 and parts of chapter 6.

Now look at chapter 7, verse 11, "Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron? For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe..."

What tribe was Jesus from? Tribe of Judah, just keep that in mind for a minute, "from which no man has officiated at the altar. For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law. For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning the priesthood."

What was the tribe Moses spoke about concerning the priesthood? Tribe of Levi. "And yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life. For He testifies: "You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.""

Now do you remember, go back in your mind a little bit, go back to our first couple studies in this Bible, Bible From 30,000 Feet. There were five kings that Moses had to fight with his 318-trained servants. Five kings headed up by a guy name Chedorlaomer. Chedorlaomer, the dude with a long hard name to pronounce and four of his buddies fought Abraham and Abraham won. After Abraham won, this guy name Melchizedek, he was called the King of Salem, which is the old name for Jerusalem, but Salem means peace.

So just think of it, this guy named the king of peace whose name itself Melchizedek, melek tsedeq, "King of Righteousness". So Mr. King of Righteousness, the king of peace comes with bread and wine, very interesting, and meets Abraham. Abraham does something very interesting. Abraham pays a tenth of what he has earned, what he has, and gives it to Melchizedek. Whenever a tithe was given, it was an active submission and saying that you are greater in office than I am. And the point the author of Hebrews will make without having to read it all is that there was Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, children of Israel and Levi, the tribe, all of that inside Abraham's body, genetically speaking, that eventually they would be born.

So he says, in the body, in the DNA, in the loins as the Bible says of Abraham, Levi, who weren't born yet, paid tithe to Melchizedek. One priesthood acknowledging that another is greater, that's one of the points that he makes here.

Now, it's an obscure incident, but, and he quotes it here. According to Psalms 110 a principle is laid out and quoted here. In the principle according to Psalms 110, concerning the Messiah, who would come "You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek." Okay, Jesus is from what tribe? Judah, the law does not stipulate anything about Judah only Levi.

So according to the author, Jesus from the tribe of Judah is from the tribe outside of the parameters of the law and how that priesthood is to be governed, a proof, according to this author, that the old covenant with Levi as the mediator is done away with and a new covenant under the Priesthood of Jesus Christ, the great High Priest for anyone who comes to Him, the great High Priest between us and God.

So we have a better messenger than the angels, a better moderator than Moses, a better mediator than Aaron and his boys and in chapter 8 we have a better ministry, a better ministry. Better than the ministry of the Old Testament, better than the ministry of the law is the ministry of grace.

Let's look at a few verses, chapter 8, verse 6. "But now He [Jesus] has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises." He likes that word, he uses it a lot. Verse 7, "For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second, Because finding fault with them." Notice them not it, the fault isn't in the covenant, the fault is in the people who didn't keep the covenant, the lawbreakers who failed the covenant.

"Because finding fault with them, He says: "Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah -- not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. 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 in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.""

Today we are under the new covenant. This author wants you to know something. The new covenant didn't begin with Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the new covenant began in the mind of God from the beginning. It was even predicted in the old covenant and he quotes Jeremiah 31. That very famous passage where God says, I am going to do away with the Old Testament, do away with the old covenant and make a new one.

Now, look at it this way. The old covenant tried to control our conduct, don't do this, don't do that, don't do that other thing, do this instead and do that, tries to control our conduct. The new covenant changes our character. It's not outward, it's inward. There's a heart change, where you are born again something happens that gives you the enabling to do what you couldn't do under the law. I don't know how many musicians we have out there but how many musicians can read sheet music? Really? There's a lot of you, we need you, come and sign up for our music ministry.

Okay so, I will tell you my story. I like to play music as well and I took a college music class. I was kicked out of it, and I was kicked out because I like to play by ear, I am really good at hearing something, emulating it, kind of, doing my own thing and playing it. And so everybody in class was learning how to read by sheet music except for me. And so the teacher had a quiz one night would go from piano to piano and everybody would play their score reading it and I was playing it not reading anything on the score at all, just hearing it.

Teacher stopped and could tell, she said, you are not reading that, are you? I said, no ma'am. She goes, you are playing by ear, aren't you? I said, yes I am. And she says, if you continue to do that you can't be in my class, you have to learn to read by the score, and I know that you are gifted of reading by ear and you could do great with improvisation, but you've got to learn to read the sheet music.

Well, that was sort of like the old covenant. Under the law you were limited to sheet music, the new covenant enables you to play by ear, you hear it. You hear the melody, you don't have to just see it and play what you see. You can hear it, God put a song in your heart, you hear the melody and there is a freedom there.

See, Romans chapter 3 puts it this way. "By the law is the knowledge of sin, [not the forgiveness of sin]. For the law came by Moses [John chapter 1], but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." The new covenant brings forgiveness, the law, the old covenant brought only the knowledge of sin. So we have a better messenger, a better moderator, a better mediator, a better ministry, chapter 9, we have a better monument, a better monument. We have something a whole lot better than a temple in Jerusalem and a tabernacle in the wilderness.

Now something else I didn't say, whoever wrote this book and to whomever this book was written, neither of which we really know, we do know it was written before 70 AD because there are references to the temple stranding and the priesthood being active. And all of that ended in 70 AD when Titus destroyed Jerusalem. So this was written before the destruction of Jerusalem, the destruction of the temple.

Verse 1, "Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary. For a tabernacle was prepared: the first part, in which was the lamp stand and the table and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary; and behind the veil, part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All."

Verse 11, "But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all." If you would like to write in your Bible, you know, you don't have to, but if you like to do it and you are okay with it, circle "Once for 'All'."

I grew up with an interesting idea called the continual sacrifice. Sacrifice has to be made continually, continually, continually, we have to keep going, always have the reenactment of the sacrifice, the sacrifice, to ensure atonement. Christ's atonement was once for all, a single work finished, never to be repeated and I wouldn't insult God by trying to repeat what He finished.

So, what verse was I in, I got on my soapbox, 12. "Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption."

Go down to verse 23, "Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in heaven [now please get this language, the tabernacle was a model or a copy of heaven] the copies of the things in heaven should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us."

Okay, go back in your "way back' machine, remember that cartoon, 'Mr. Peabody'? He said Sherman, set the "way back" machine for whatever. So set the "way back" machine, now we are living in Mount Sinai area and we are part of the children of Israel and we see a big tabernacle. This is what it looks like as we approach; 75 feet wide, a white curtain fence, 75 feet wide, about 7 feet tall, a 150 feet deep and that's the outer court. If we could peer into the gate we would see an altar, brass altar where sacrifices were made and a laver or a washing area for the priest. Then we would see a tent structure that was 15 feet wide by 45 feet deep, covered with different skins and erected like a tent. Inside that tent were two places, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. The Holy Place was 15 feet wide, 30 feet deep and the Holy of Holies was a 15-foot cube, where the ark of the covenant resided.

All of these chambers and all of these implements and articles of furniture, they meant something different. But it's also a model of heaven, according to the writer of Hebrews, a model of heaven, so that when you step into the tabernacle, you are getting a really scale down, earthy, a low-budget, even though it cost a lot, view of heaven, in comparison.

I have been in models, scale models of the tabernacle, and if you come to Israel with us, I will try to arrange a showing because they have one erected down in the wilderness area, the desert still and you can take a tour of it. But you walk through it and it's interesting to think, this is sort of a model of heaven and if you would say a model of heaven, I won't try to explain all that, but go read Revelation 4 and 5 and I think you would be able to pick up on some of the articles there.

Here is what I want you to know though. Did you know and you do know if you have been with us in 'The Bible From 30,000 Feet'. Did you know that there is more space in the scripture devoted to the tabernacle than any other single item or issue? Isn't that interesting? Here is some perspective. Two chapters of the whole Bible are devoted to creation, 50 chapters of the Bible are devoted to the tabernacle, its furnishings, its workings and its ministry.

Okay, there is one door to the tabernacle, one door. You can only come one way and there is one way to God, right? Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and the life. Jesus also said I am the door. There is only one way to enter the presence of God in the Old Testament. There is only one way to heaven. The door was from the east, that's where the tribe of Judah was. You had to come through the tribe of Judah and the insignia, the Lion of the tribe of Judah to enter the place of fellowship with God.

Then there is that big fence that I told you about, 150 by 75, and here is the deal. It's really plain looking from the outside. It's a white cloth fence. In fact, the tabernacle from the outside looked ugly or I would say, looked plain, didn't look special at all, but you get inside, and it's costly and especially the Holy of Holies, it's wood covered with gold. So you have gold everywhere and gold implements, very, very telling.

Isaiah 53 says of Jesus Christ, "He has no form nor comeliness, no beauty is in Him that we should desire Him" But His blood is precious and He is the King of Kings, very, very, costly. Then there was the menorah, as you walk into the Holy Place on the left-hand side, the only light in the tabernacle, one light source, the only light. Jesus said, "I am the light." On the right-hand side, was a table with bread on it, showbread. Jesus said, "I am the Bread of Life."

All the "I ams" of Jesus can fit into the tabernacle. Then there was a veil that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies and you couldn't go in it and if you were a priest, you couldn't go in it, and if you were a High Priest, you couldn't go in it except once a year with blood and on that very trepidatious approach, very scared.

I hope I did this right, I hope my heart is clean, I hope I made all the right sacrifices because I'm toast otherwise. I will be the ex-priest if I don't watch it. So what happened when Jesus died? Matthew 27, "The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom." The access that was restricted in the old, symbolically was shown in the temple and now people could come directly to God through Jesus Christ.

Here is the point of the author. Tabernacle, just a monument, temple, just a monument. We have a better monument, it's the real deal. It's heaven. Jesus, our High Priest when into heaven and could offer His blood as the atonement, His blood, perfect, sinless, not like an animal, so you've got to keep doing everyday and every year. That's gone now. One final act.

So we have a better messenger, better moderator, a better mediator, better ministry, better monument. Chapter 10, we have a better method, better method. Aren't you glad you don't have to bring an animal sacrifice tonight? Can you imagine to come on church on Sunday and bring the animal, we will collect it outside, take it to the altar, can't come in, as we bleed that thing and sacrifice that thing.

Okay, chapter 10, verse 11, "And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins." So what were the priests doing? A lot, they are always busy. Priests never sat down, they are always on their feet seeing what they could do, working, working, working. Contrast that to verse 12, "But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God."

You know why He sat down? Because there is no more to do. It's finished, it's over. You sit down because you are not going to do it again and again and again and again and again and have a continual sacrifice. It's once in for all, the sitting down symbolize the finished work and that the old method of sacrifices was never finished, this one is, better method. "From that time, waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For about one offering, He has perfected forever, those who are being sanctified."

What was one of the last things Jesus said on the Cross? "It is finished, it is finished" and you know because you have been around here for a while, there is one word in Greek, Tetelestai, Tetelestai, Telios or Telos means complete or mature, perfect or finished. Tetelestai, it is finished, get this. Servants would use that word when their master gave them a command and they finished the work the master gave them to do. They would walk up and say master, tetelestai, it's finished, I did what you called me to do.

Remember what Jesus said when He was 12 years old and at the temple, probably there for His Bar Mitzvah at the time. I must be about my father's business. Now on the cross, as a servant to his master, it's finished. I have done what you have called me to do. Also, priest would use that term or the equivalent of that term. They were speaking to a Greek person who would bring a sacrifice and they would go through the lamb and make sure that it was without spot, without blemish, right? They had to make sure it had no defect and if it was no defect, it could be said tetelestai. It's blemishless.

Peter makes the point that Jesus Christ died for us and He was a lamb without spot and blemish, He was perfect, perfect sacrifice, tetelestai. Artists would use the term tetelestai when they were painting or sculpting, they would step back from their work and when it was all finished, all completed, the picture is completed, they go tetelestai, it's done.

Jesus Christ is like that artist. The Old Testament didn't give you a full picture. The tabernacle didn't give you a full picture, temple, not a full picture, prophets, not a full picture. They all spoke of someone that was going to fulfill the picture. And so now, Christ comes and He puts all of the finishing touches on it. You can say, now the picture is completed, it's tetelestai, it's finished.

Also, merchants would use the term Tetelestai. If in a transaction, you paid off your bill, whatever you are buying, whatever it costs, you have a debt. When you pay off the debt, you are given a little notice that said tetelestai, paid in full. You and I have a debt, don't we? All mankind has a debt, don't we? All have sin and fall short the glory of God, right? And it's a debt we can never pay. So Jesus comes and can say Tetelestai, Father, it's paid in full. They couldn't pay it, I just did, Tetelestai, paid in full, better method.

Now that's the doctrinal instruction, chapters 1 through 10, in brief. The last three chapters, which we'll brush through very quickly is the practical exhortation. Chapters 1-10, Christ is superior, chapters 11 through 13, Christianity is superior and not only do we have better messenger and better moderator and better mediator and better ministry and better monument and better all that stuff, we have also a better manner, a better manner. This is what I want to say about that.

The life of faith is so superior to the life under the law because faith produces what the law could never produce and that is the behavior that God requires. That's the behavior of faith and the principle of faith has a long heritage according to chapter 11, goes way back in before the law ever existed.

So here is what the author does here. He sums or he summons a cloud of witnesses. People who have lived by faith, some before the law, some during the law, but they all lived by the principle of just trusting in God and believing in God and so they are summoned as examples.

Now don't you like examples? Or, put it this way, aren't you encouraged when you are wondering if you are going to make it in some area and you have somebody who has already done that and they have already made it first and they come to you and then go, you can do this because I did it. You can do this because I did it and I finished it, I made it. It encourages, then it motivates us and so that's what Hebrews 11 is all about. It's the 'Hall of Faith', or the 'Hall of Fame of Faith' or some call it the 'Honor Roll' of the Old Testament, whatever you want to call it; reading this chapter will give you a faith lift, honestly.

Verse 1, [I live for those baby] [laughter], "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain."

Verse 5, [another example], "By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death."

Verse 7, "By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark."

Verse 8,
"By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out."

Verse 11, "By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive."

Verse 39, [I am going to sum it all up], "And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be completed or perfected apart from us."

Is faith impractical? Lot of people accuse Christians of living impractically, old faith, it's such an impractical way to live. I am a man of empirical evidence and as an empiricist, I don't put my -- or sink to that kind of a level where I've put my faith in God and all this stuff and you know, here is the truth Baby Ruth. Every person I have ever met, even the ardent atheist lives by faith everyday.

You wouldn't walk in this building tonight, even if you are an unbeliever, unless you had faith. You have faith that there is an architect and an engineer and a builder, who provided a structure that will not collapse on your head, you believe that. It's just you walk in, you have no problem believing that, it's faith. And if you didn't believe that, you would be hiding under your chair and sit under till the whole service. But then again you would have to have faith in the builder of the chair that, that chair is able to protect you from the building that would fall.

You wouldn't drive your car unless you believe that the people on the assembly line and the people who engineered it, that the brakes work, the accelerator works, everything works. You drive 65 miles an hour by faith. Some of you drive 90 miles an hour, you must have more faith. [laughter] We all live by faith.

But Biblical faith is far more than positive confession or intellectual accession. Biblical faith, according to the writer of Hebrews is based on evidence and is placed in the character of God. It's based on evidence and placed in the character of God. We can't say anymore than that for time.

Verse 1 of chapter 12, [after give me the list and here's the punch line], "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [these people who have run the race before us] let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." In other words, this faith is very practical.

"Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." So looking unto Jesus, not looking unto angels, not looking unto Moses, not looking unto Aaron, not looking unto Aaron's sons, not looking unto prophets, not looking to the old covenant, just Jesus, look to Him.

Now verse 1 and verse 2 is a picture of a race. In fact, it's a picture of a runner who would strip down to the bare essentials and run a race. Do you ever see an athlete run a race in army boots and a helmet and overcoat and a backpack, not if they want to win, you go all the way down, take off the running pants, down to the little shorts and little cool jersey and the Nike, you are all set. But you don't want to let anything hinder your progress. There is an old saying, "If you want to travel far, travel light." Get rid of anything that would hinder you from reaching the goal.

I heard a story years ago of some Olympic runner, who was touted to be the fastest human being on earth, he was from another country, came to the United States for preliminaries, track preliminaries. And when he ran the preliminaries, he didn't even qualify for the prelims, because he was overweight. You see, he was one time the fastest human on earth and overtime, I guess, he had eaten more and trained less, but he didn't even qualify for the prelims. There was a hindrance.

So what's the message to us? Get rid of things that hinder you, that keep you from reaching the goal. What things could hinder us? Here is a few habits. Anybody got habits that God is trying to deal with? I got some. God says you need to get rid of those habits. We need to work on that. You need to strip yourself off that could be a relationship that you have, could be a pursuit that you are involved with, could be a distraction. You know what Paul said to the Corinthians? All things are lawful for me, but not all things are expedient, that is, all things don't help me reach my goal. It actually drag me down.

Wilbur Chapman said this, and you say, who is Wilbur Chapman? He is an old dead guy. No, actually Wilbur Chapman was a great man of God, in fact, I have a signature of his to someone else that, I won't get into it. He is an old dead guy, he is in heaven. He said, "My life is governed by this rule, anything that dims my vision of Christ or takes away my taste for Bible study or cramps my prayer life or makes Christian work difficult is wrong for me and I must, as a Christian, turn away from it." Good advice and good practical application. Get rid of it, strip it away, run the race, go for it. Look at those people of faith, they ran the race, they made it. Live the life of faith, run the race of faith, go all the way to the end, finish well, this author would say.

Verse 3, "For consider Him, [Jesus], Him, who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls."

Verse 7, "If you endure chastening, God deals with you as sons."

Verse 12, "Therefore, strengthen the hands which hang down and the feeble knees."

What's the author doing to these people? Well, he knows they are facing persecution. He knows that they are tempted to go back to the rituals that they felt so safe and secure in and to trust in those things once again. And so he wants to tell them, bad things happen to God's people because bad things happened to God. Jesus Himself endured hostility.

So if they happen to God, then I guess they are going to happen to God's people, we are not exempt and He wants them to be encouraged to say number one, it's temporary. It's temporary, it won't last forever and even if it lasts till the day you die, you are going to be living somewhere else forever and ever and ever. It's a whole lot better than this, so don't get your sights here.

Number 2, it's purifying. It will hone you. God will use it like a father would use spanking or chastening for a child. God will make you a better person because of it. So just like gold is purified by fire, Christians are purified by fiery trials, and that's the encouragement he wants to give them.

I want you to remember something child of God because some of you are in the furnace tonight. You are feeling the heat of the trial. If you are in the furnace tonight, know that God has His eye on the thermostat and his hand on the controls. He knows how much you can take. He goes, I am already past that. I am already past what I can take. You are here, you are alive. God knows what you can take and He has His eye on the thermostat. He is watching the temperature, has His hand on the controls. He does not want crispy Christians [laughter]. He knows when to turn down the heat.

Now let's go to chapter 13, verse 20, and 21 and we will close the book. It's one of the most beautiful benedictions in all the scripture. "Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant [I love this wording] make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen."

Sort of, sums up, does it not, the whole book of Hebrews, right there. Sums it all up. First covenant, old covenant, the law covenant, temporary, fading away, passed away. The new covenant, eternal, just like Jesus.

So we have access, we have access, we have unrestricted access because Jesus Christ is the full and final complete expression of God better than anyone or anything else, so we have unfettered, unrestricted access, we can come boldly. God has included you in that. Your great High Priest has included you in that, included me in that, that's our heritage.

There is a great old story that I read. I think it happened during World War II. A few friends were fighting a war together on European soil, one of their buddies died. They wanted to bury him in a churchyard nearby and they took the man to the churchyard to give him a decent burial and mourn his death. The only problem was that it was a Catholic cemetery and their friend was a Protestant.

They went to the priest and say, could you bury our friend? He said, well, is he Catholic? They said no, he is not, he is Protestant. I am sorry, he cannot be buried in a Catholic cemetery, and they were really despondent. The priest said, you can, however bury him outside the fence because that's technically not the cemetery. They weren't that excited about keeping him outside of the cemetery. They wanted him included where the dead are honored, but they did. They dug a hole. They put their friend in it. They fellowshipped a little bit together. They went away that night saddened.

They decided to get up the next morning before going back to the battlefront and just say goodbye to the priest and thank him anyway and visit the grave one last time of their friend and they couldn't find the grave. They looked, they looked, they looked, they went around the whole fence and finally, they found the priest and they said we have looked everywhere for the grave of our friend, it's not to be found. Can you give us an explanation? The priest said, well, after what happened yesterday, I couldn't sleep all night, so I moved the fence to include your friend.

God has moved the fence. We were outside the fence. We couldn't get in, there is no access. God said, I've got a plan. My son can come and do what nobody else can do and include anybody, anywhere at any time, who has lived by the principle of faith in his finished work, the great High Priest, they will be in the fence.

Heavenly Father, thank You that we are included. We're included, we're included because we are dealing with a system that is by far better because Jesus Christ is by far the best. He is the only Son from the Father. He is the only way to heaven. He is the only hope for salvation and trusting in a religious system or rituals will not take a single person to heaven, it never has.

The only religion ever established by You Father, we understand, was Judaism, the only religion You ever established. And that system of sacrifices and tabernacle and temple is done away with, it's fulfilled in our Messiah, Yeshua, the Great High Priest, the perfect sacrifice, the ultimate mediator and moderator and messenger of the Father.

Lord, I just pray for anybody here tonight, who may have been trusting in their religious background, their religious system, their upbringing, their ritual of baptism or conformation or anything that happened to them other than just simply trusting authentically and personally in Christ. I pray Lord that tonight, they would leave the old and come into the new, leave the inferior and go to the Superior, Jesus Christ Himself.

As your head is bowed, I want you to think about what you trust in, what you live for, what you know to be true and ask yourself tonight, are you fully satisfied that if you were to die, and by last estimates, you will, and I will at some point. When that happens, are you certain you would be in God's presence? Are you certain that you would be in heaven forever? If you have any doubts at all because if you are trusting in anyone except Jesus Christ, you should have lots of doubts. You might trust yourself, your good works, your parents, the upbringing, the religion, but do you trust in Jesus? If not, do you want to? Are you willing to turn to Him, surrender to Him?

As our heads our bowed and we are praying, if you want to do that or maybe you want to come back to Him because you have been tempted like these Hebrews to cast Jesus aside and just go through trusting themselves again, maybe you want to come back to Him. If so, as we are praying, as our heads are bowed, would you raise your hand high in the air? I will acknowledge your hand and I will pray for you as we close this service.

You are saying, pray for me, I am going to give my life to Jesus, right in the front row, God bless you, and to my left, right here on this side, a few rows back. Anyone else? A few rows back from that, two of more of you and in the back, toward the back row on the left, toward the back in the middle, right in the middle, toward the back. Anybody else? Raise your hand up.

You think, yep, I need this, I am going to do it, tonight I am going to surrender. Anybody else, anybody in the balcony? Raise your hand up. We are in the family room. God bless you in the family, a couple of you.

Thank You Father, thank You for Your work. We pray for every person with a hand raised, the heart crying out to know You personally. Bless them and grant them Your salvation as they come by faith.

In Jesus' name, Amen! Would you stand with me, as we close this service tonight? If you'd raised your hand, I'm going to ask you to do something else. Just like you were to come boldly before the throne of God, I want you to boldly walk down the aisle and stand right up here and let me lead you in a prayer to receive Jesus as your Savior. People do this every week, you're not the first but this is the first time for you perhaps where you're going to find peace in your heart. So come join us and come right up front right now as we sing this song. Just stand right up in the front. If you're in the family room, if you're in the middle of an aisle, if you're on the side come right up front. [Clapping -- music playing]

Real quickly anybody else, there's more that want to come. Family room, it doesn't matter find the nearest door and come through or if you're in the middle of an aisle and you raised your hand. Just say excuse me to the person next to you; you'll watch that row go [parting of the hands]. Anyone else? [Clapping -- music playing]

Okay now, I'm going to lead those of you who have come forward; I'm going to lead you in prayer and I'm going to ask you to pray what I pray out loud after me. I'm going to ask you to mean it from your heart, I'm going to ask you to say it directly to God, mean every word you say to Him because this is now you giving the rest of your life over to Him and in exchange He is going to give you everlasting life. That's how it works, it's a great exchange. You give Him your old life, you're giving Him the rest of your life, He's going to give you eternal spiritual life. You're going to walk with Him the rest of this life and you're going to live with Him forever in heaven. It's the best deal going, so pray, pray with me; I'm going to pray and you pray out loud after me, okay. [Clapping]

Lord, I give you my life; I know I'm a sinner. Please forgive me. I place my trust in Jesus Christ who died for me and rose from the dead. I turn from my sin, I turn to you, to follow you as my Savior and my Master. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name. Amen. Amen. [Clapping] Yes, congratulations! [Clapping] Congratulations!

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Destination: 2 Kings 1-25
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Flight twenty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of 2 Kings. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will continue to lead us through the history of the divided nation of Israel, and how in spite of the many kings who took control of the land, we will still see a nation without true leadership. As we soar over this book, we will see first how Israel comes into captivity by Assyria, and then the triumph of Babylon over Judah. The key chapters to review are 2 Kings 1-4, and 18-21.
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Destination: 1 Chronicles 1-29
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-one over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the book of 1 Chronicles. On this flight we look back once again at God's promise that He would establish His reign on earth through King David. Chapters 1-9 of 1 Chronicles will look in-depth at the the royal line of David and then we will see again the reign of David in chapters 10-29. Join us as we fly at an altitude of 30,000 feet and see how God fulfilled His promises to David and how that presents a witness of His faithfulness to us as well. The key chapters to review are 1 Chronicles 17-18, 21-22, 25, and 28-29
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1/30/2008
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Destination: 2 Chronicles 1-36
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Get ready for our twenty-second departure for the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us soaring over the entire book of 2 Chronicles to see the beginning of the reign of King Solomon all the way to the spiritual roller coaster after Solomon's death and the separation of the kingdoms. From the building of the temple (2 Chronicles 1-9), to the decline of the temple (2 Chronicles 10-36:16), to the destruction of the temple (2 Chronicles 36:17-23), we see a parallel to 1 and 2 Kings from a spiritual viewpoint. The key chapters to review are 2 Chronicles 17-20, and 29-32.
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Destination: Ezra 1-10
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Flight twenty-three over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of Ezra. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will point out two very important sections of this book; the restoration of the temple (chapters 1-6), and the reformation of the people (chapters 7-10). This book will continue the narrative of 2 Chronicles by showing God's faithfulness to keep His promises by returning His people to their homeland. The key chapters to review are Ezra 1-10.
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Destination: Nehemiah 1-13
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Get ready for our twenty-fourth departure for the Bible from 30,000 Feet. We will fly at cruising altitude over the entire book of Nehemiah with our pilot, Pastor Skip Heitzig. In this book, Nehemiah, the king's cupbearer, is given permission to lead third and final return to Jerusalem to repair and rebuild the city's walls. This book will show us a political construction (chapters 1-7), and a spiritual instruction (chapters 8-13). Join us as we see how Nehemiah gathers his spiritual strength from God during a time of great opposition.
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Destination: Esther 1-10
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-five over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the book of Esther. The flight will be divided into two highly important sections: the threat to the Jews (chapters 1-4), in which we will see Haman's attempt to completely eradicate the Jewish people from Persia, and the triumph of the Jews (chapters 5-10), where we will see a young girl's godly strength and fight to save her people. This flight will show us a whole new set of villains, heroes, and ultimately the ever abounding faithfulness of God towards those who follow Him. The key chapters to review are Esther 1-10.
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Destination: Job 1-42
Job 1-42
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Our twenty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet takes us over the entire book of Job, the first book in the section of poetical books. This is a powerful story of a man who has everything taken from him; his health, wealth, and even his beloved family. Yet as we see God allowing Satan to test Job, God's faithfulness to those he loves is clear and Job's steadfast faith prevails. Join us this week as we see Job's dilemma (ch.1-2), the debate with his four friends (ch. 3-37), and his final deliverance (ch. 38-42). The key chapters to review are Job1-4, 8,11-12, and 29.
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3/12/2008
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Destination: Psalms 1-72
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-seven over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over Psalms 1-72. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us through the first seventy-two chapters of Psalms, which is divided into five books of songs, prayers, and poetry. Join us as we look at the deepest thoughts and emotions on the love and power of God. The key chapters to review are Psalms 1, 14, 23, 40, and 63.
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3/19/2008
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Destination: Psalms 73-150
Psalms 73-150
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Get ready for our twenty-eighth departure of the Bible from 30,000 Feet. We will fly at cruising altitude over the last three books in Psalms as we read through chapters 73-150. We will see beautiful writings of gladness and grief, pleading and prayers, and reverence and worship. Join us as we look at the deepest thoughts and emotions on the love and power of God. The key chapters to review are Psalms 119, and 146-150.
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Destination: Proverbs 1-31
Proverbs 1-31
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Flight twenty-nine over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of Proverbs. Known for the wisdom it contains, Proverbs reveals to us how to deal with every day situations; be it love and lust, life and death, friends and enemies, and what our God loves and hates. On this flight, Pastor Skip will point out some of the most noted chapters and verses of one of the most read books of the Old Testament. The key chapters to review are Proverbs 1-2, 5, 14, 22, and 31.
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Destination: Ecclesiastes 1-12
Ecclesiastes 1-12
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Join us as we continue The Bible From 30,000 Feet, taking our thirtieth flight high above the book of Ecclesiastes. This book reveals some startling truths about how King Solomon felt about finding meaning and fulfillment in life through the things of this world, and ultimately his conclusion that "all is vanity" in a life lived without God. The key chapters to review are 1-3, 5, 8, and 12.
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Destination: Song of Solomon 1-8
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-one over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over Song of Solomon. This poetic book gives us a glimpse into the true love that Solomon has for a shepherdess, and the love and fulfillment they share in a marriage relationship. At an altitude of 30,000 feet we will be able to see the strong tie into the fulfillment and joy seen in the love of God for His people. The key chapters to review are Song of Solomon 1-8.
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Destination: Isaiah 1-39
Isaiah 1-39
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Our thirty-second flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet will take us soaring over the entire book of Isaiah. Thought to be the greatest of all the Prophets of the Old Testament, Isaiah's ministry lasted around fifty years, and his prophecies are quoted in the New Testament more often than any other Prophet. This book shows us a mix of both prophecies of condemnation (chapters 1-39), as well as prophecies of comfort (chapters 40-66). The key chapters to review are Isaiah 1-2, 6, 40, 52-53, and 55.
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Destination: Isaiah 40-66
Isaiah 40-66
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In our thirty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a flight high above the Bible to look at the second half of Isaiah. As we look through chapters 40-66, we will see the continued work of Isaiah, and how God used his gift of prophecy, both comforting and condemning, to generate change in the individuals he encountered. The key chapters to review are Isaiah 40, 52-53, and 55.
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Destination: Jeremiah 1-52
Jeremiah 1-52
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-four over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the entire book of Jeremiah. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us at an altitude of 30,000 feet to see the three writings of the book of Jeremiah. From the warning of judgment, to the promise of restoration, and finally the protective hand of God over those He loves, we will catch a glimpse of a man who openly allowed God to speak through him in unusual and sometimes bizarre ways to open the eyes of the people of Israel. The key chapters to review are Jeremiah 13, 18-20, 25, 31, and 52.
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Destination: Lamentations 1-5
Lamentations 1-5
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-five over the Bible From 30,000 Feet. On this departure, we will look once again at Jeremiah in the book of Lamentations. We will learn why Jeremiah is referred to as "the weeping prophet," as we see him lament over the destruction of Jerusalem. This poetic book begins by revealing a man who is distressed for a nation under the consequences of its own sin, and ends with a prayer for the restoration of the nation from captivity. The key chapters to review are Lamentations 1-5.
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Destination: Ezekiel 1-48
Ezekiel 1-48
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In our thirty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a flight high above the Bible to look at the book of Ezekiel. We will witness prophecies we've seen in past books being fulfilled as we see Jerusalem at the time of the Second Babylonian Deportation. As Ezekiel the Priest is deported alongside his people, we see God continue to offer promises of restoration through him, bringing the people a sense of hope in spite of their current tribulations. The key chapters to review are Ezekiel 1-3, 7, 33-34, and 38-39.
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Destination: Daniel 1-6
Daniel 1-6
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Flight thirty-seven over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us on a tour of Daniel 1-6. In these chapters, we will see the first of the deportations of the Israelites to Babylon, and witness both the prophetic history of the book, as well as the four prophetic visions of Daniel. Ultimately, the powerful stories in Daniel reveal a man of God; unwilling to compromise and full of faith. The key chapters to review are Daniel 1-2.
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Destination: Daniel 7-12
Daniel 7-12
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Our thirty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us through the second part of Daniel. As we look at chapters 7-12, we will see the four prophetic visions of Daniel, and observe how his faith in God's fulfillment of prophecies led him to fervent prayer for the people of Israel. The key chapters to review are Daniel 9-12.
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Destination: Hosea 1-14
Hosea 1-14
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Get your travel planner out and place your heart in the upright position for our thirty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the entire book of Hosea, a man called to prophesy to the Northern Kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Jeroboam. As Hosea addresses the sins of the nation, we will see how God used the graphic parallel between his adulterous wife and the unfaithfulness of Israel. The key chapters to review are Hosea 1-4, 6, 9, and 11.
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Destination: Joel; Amos; Obadiah
Joel 1-3; Amos 1-9; Obadiah
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Get ready for flight forty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will take us soaring over Joel, Amos, and Obadiah. In these three books, we take a look at the strong warnings that God gives His people against greed, injustice, false worship, and self-righteousness. We'll see God's use of these ordinary men to give extraordinary messages; we'll witness His patience, and at the end, we'll see how He stands ready to forgive and restore all who turn away from their sin. The key chapters to review are Joel 1-3, Amos 1, 3 and 7, and Obadiah 1.
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Destination: Jonah 1-4
Jonah 1-4
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Our forty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet will take us to the well known book of Jonah. In this book, we will see what God can do in the life of a prophet, even one who is blatantly disobedient. Despite Jonah's defiance, God strongly redirects his path and brings him to repentance through a very unique situation. By the end of the book, we will see Jonah right back where he started and bringing God glory by doing exactly what He had originally asked of him. The key chapters to review are Jonah 1-4.
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Destination: Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk
Micah; Nahum; Habakkuk
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Get your travel planner out and place your heart in the upright position for our forty-second flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the books of Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk, three prophets used by God to criticize, comfort, and encourage the people of Judah. Through these prophets, God's people confess their sins and are confident in the salvation of God's mighty acts. The key chapters to review are Micah 1-7, Nahum 1-3, and Habakkuk 1-3.
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Destination: Zephaniah & Haggai
Zephaniah; Haggai
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Prepare yourself for our forty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This flight will take us soaring over the entirety of both Zephaniah and Haggai. The two books cover five chapters which speak of the coming Day of the Lord, His wrath upon Judah and her neighbors, and an encouragement after their return from exile to rejoice and rebuild the Temple. The key chapters to review are Zephaniah 1-3 and Haggai 1-2.
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Destination: Zechariah and Malachi
Zechariah; Malachi
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We are about to take our forty-forth flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet, journeying over the final two books of the Old Testament. In ending the Minor Prophets, we'll first look at the expanded message of rebuilding the temple as Zechariah encourages the people to look to the future reign of the Messiah. We will then speed forward 100 years after the temple was rebuilt to the book of Malachi, where God's chosen people had once again slid back into their sinful practices. After 400 years of prophetic silence, Malachi brings a message of exhortation to the people who had resettled in Jerusalem. The key chapters to review are Zechariah 9-14 and Malachi 1-4.
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Destination: Matthew, Mark, and Luke
Matthew, Mark; Luke
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Get your travel planner out for our opening tour of the New Testament and flight forty-five of the Bible from 30,000 Feet! This flight will take us on a sky-high tour over the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke. These three synoptic gospels give us our first glimpses of Jesus' life and death here on earth. We'll see the service, sermons, sacrifices, and sovereignty of our King as we witness the fulfillment of many of the Old Testament prophecies we have previously studied. The key chapters to review are Matthew 1-5 and 17, Mark, and Luke.
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Destination: John
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Get your travel planner out for our forty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour through the book of John, written by the Apostle John from Ephesus between A.D. 80-90. The spiritual depth of this book and its presentation of the incarnation through the God-man Jesus Christ sets it apart from the other gospels.
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Destination: Acts
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On our forty-seventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet Pastor Skip will give a tour of the entire book of Acts. Acts is the history of how Christianity was founded and organized and solved its problems. The gospel writer Luke tells the story of how the community of believers began by faith in the risen Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, the promised Counselor and Guide, who enabled them to witness, to love, and to serve.
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Destination: Romans
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We are about to take our forty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Join us as we soar over the entire book of Romans, Paul's letter to the church in Rome. This letter primarily focuses on the basic gospel message along with God's plan of salvation and righteousness for all humankind, Jew and Gentile alike. In our broad overview, we'll take a look at Paul's strong emphasis of Christian doctrine and his concern for Israel. The key chapters to review are 1, 3, 4, and 9-11.
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Destination: 1 Corinthians
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Get your travel planner out for our forty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet! As we look at 1 Corinthians, we'll see Paul's letters to the church at Corinth. His letters to the influential church confront their "religious" and arrogant mindsets and defend his ability to be an apostle of Christ. Through God's grace and use of Paul, he is later able to rejoice over the turnaround and acceptance of his God-given authority. The key chapters to review are 1 Corinthians 2-3 & 12-13.
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Destination: 2 Corinthians
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Our fiftieth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet takes us on a flight over the second of Paul's letters to the church at Corinth. Between 1 & 2 Corinthians, the congregation was influenced by false teachers who spread opposition to Paul. Through God's grace and use of Paul, he is later able to rejoice over the repentance of the people to God and acceptance of his God-given authority. The key chapters to review are 2 Corinthians 4 & 12.
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Destination: Galatians
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Get your travel planner out for our fifty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour through the book of Galatians, a clear letter to the church in Galatia about the importance of remembering grace through faith and not the law. Paul's forceful letter addresses issues of legalism in the church and the false gospel of works. The key chapters to review are Galatians 1-6.
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Destination: Ephesians
Ephesians
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Who are we in Christ? Grab your travel planner for flight fifty-two as we look at the book of Ephesians, Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus. In this book, Paul explains how we are the bride of Christ, a temple, and a soldier for the gospel. The unity that Paul emphasizes is described as a body working together for a common goal. The key chapters to review are Ephesians 1-6.
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Destination: Philippians
Philippians
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In our fifty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us through the book of Philippians, another of Paul's letters to the church. Referred to as "the epistle of joy," the message contained in these pages is one of long suffering and joy in the midst of Paul's time in prison. Despite his trials, we will see Paul rejoice over the church in Philippi and encourage them in unity, humility, and prayer. The key chapters to review are Philippians 1-4.
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Destination: Colossians
Colossians
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Get your travel planner out for our fifty-fourth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet! On this flight, we will take a look at the young church in Colosse, and how they became the target of a heretical attack. The main theme in the book of Colossians is the complete adequacy of Christ as contrasted with the emptiness of mere human philosophy. The key chapters to review are Colossians 1-4.
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Destination: 1 and 2 Thessalonians
1 Thessalonians 1-5;2 Thessalonians 1-3:18
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In our fifty-fifth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Both books are written as an encouragement to the church in Thessalonica, exhorting them in the word, warning them against pagan immorality, and urging them to remain steadfast in the truth of the Lord. The key chapters to review are 1 Thessalonians 1-5 and 2 Thessalonians 1-3.
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Destination: 1 and 2 Timothy
1 Timothy 1-6;2 Timothy 1-4:22
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Join us on a tour over the books of 1 & 2 Timothy as we take our fifty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. These loving letters to Timothy, a young pastor in Ephesus, reveal Paul's true love for his brother in Christ and desire to encourage him in the Word and warn against false teachings. In these letters, Paul exhorts Timothy to stand strong and "preach the word" (2 Timothy 4:2). The key chapters to review are 1 Timothy 1-6 and 2 Timothy 1-4.
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Destination: Titus and Philemon
Titus 1-3:15;Philemon 1:1-25
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Get your travel planner out for flight fifty-seven of the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, our tour guide Pastor Skip will take us through the books of Titus and Philemon. While the letter to Titus focuses on the importance of sound doctrine and the elements of the church order, Philemon takes a more personal approach and speaks on the application of the great principles of Christian brotherhood to social life. The key chapters to review are Titus 1-3 and Philemon 1.
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Destination: James
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Our fifty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the distinctive book of James. Although grace through faith in the cross was vital for Jewish believer to understand, James addresses the issue of faith without a consistent lifestyle. This epistle adamantly declares that, "Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead, also." (James 2:26) The key chapters to review are James 1-5.
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Destination: 1 and 2 Peter
1 Peter 1-5; 2 Peter 1-3
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Get your travel planner out for flight sixty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will take us on a tour of the books of 1 & 2 Peter. Peter's first letter to the church exhorts Christians to remain steadfast in their faith when under persecution, and his second letter tackles the issue of false teachers and a need for discernment against the spreading apostasy. Both books contain a level of warmth in Peter's expressions, making them a great source of encouragement. The key chapters to review are 1 Peter 1-5 and 2 Peter 1-3.
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2/25/2009
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Destination: 1 John
1 John
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In our sixty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, our tour guide Pastor Skip will take us through the book of 1 John. John writes to define and defend the nature of the person of Christ against heretical teachings affecting the early church. As John addresses the heretical teachings of the time, he also addresses the preeminence of God's love for us, and our duty to love others in return. The key chapters to review are 1 John 1-5.
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3/25/2009
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Destination: 2, 3 John and Jude
2 John, 3 John; Jude
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Flight sixty-two over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will give a sky high view over three small but concise books, 2 & 3 John and Jude. While all three books have a different primary focus, all are written with the purpose to encourage the church to keep a strong biblical foundation. This study will take us through the importance of biblical discernment, the need to be in fellowship with other believers, as well as the vital need to keep strong in the faith. The key chapters to review are 2 & 3 John, and Jude.
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4/1/2009
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Destination: Revelation 1-11
Revelation 1-11
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With only two more flights to go, we welcome you to get your travel planner ready for the first half of the book of Revelation and flight sixty-three over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Considered to be one of the most powerful books in Scripture, Revelation is a direct vision from God, to John, which he was asked to record for future generations. Revelation 1:19, "Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later." As the final warning to the world of the tribulation to come, it also serves as a source of hope for the Church. The key chapters to review are 1-4, 7, and 11.
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4/8/2009
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Destination: Revelation 12-22
Revelation 12-22
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Flight sixty-four brings us to the end of the scriptures and the second and final part of the book of Revelation. Chapters 12-22 lead us into some of the most thrilling text in the entire Bible, giving us a glimpse into the seven bowl judgments, the Beast, and the future tribulation, but also bringing us great hope for God's Church. The key chapters to review are Revelation 12-14, 18, and 20-22.
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4/15/2009
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Bible from 30k Final Q&A
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We have landed our flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. As we touch down and head to pick up the final baggage from our 65 flight series, our last sky-high view of the scriptures will includes this final Q&A Celebration. Pastor Skip and others answer questions from the last year, as well as on the spot questions from the audience.

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There are 45 additional messages in this series.