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Summary: 2 of 2. Hebrews sets before its audience a deeper consideration of the priesthood of their Christian confession. But what challenges do traditionists face in this? Challenges traditionists face in accepting a Perfect Priesthood are...

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SERIES: The Careful Considerations of Our Christian Confession

Hebrews 3:1-6; 7-17; 3:18--4:11; 4:11-13; 4:14---5:11

The Hebrews writer pressed upon his audience to deeply/profoundly consider the aspect of their Christian confession concerning Jesus as their Apostle & High Priest.

The Hebrews writer pressed upon his audience to further consider the intricacies of their Christian confession.

Christians, tempted by tradition, are encouraged toward a deeper/further consideration of their Christian confession.

What barriers/tendencies do Christians, tempted toward tradition(traditionists), face in their Christian confession?

5 Challenges traditionists must face/reckon with in their Christian confession.

A—A challenge traditionists face in their Christian confession is acceptance of a...

GREATER / LESSER STEWARDSHIP(3:1-6) Faithfulness

B—A challenge traditionists face in their Christian confession is acceptance of a...SINGULAR / DIVIDED HEART(3:7-17)

C—A challenge traditionists face in their Christian confession is acceptance of a...

PERMANENT / TEMPORARY REST(3:18--4:11)

D—A challenge traditionists face in their Christian confession is acceptance of a...

FULL DISCLOSURE / SECRECY(4:11-13)

Tiger Woods--John Edwards--Jesse James, etc.

E—A challenge traditionists face in their Christian confession is acceptance of a...PERFECT / LIMITED/Grounded/Earthly PRIESTHOOD(4:14--5:11)

Last time in Hebrews, we looked at...

D— The challenge of choosing ...

FULL DISCLOSURE vs. SECRECY(4:11-13)

Today’s Consideration is...

E— The challenge of choosing ...

PERFECTION(PRIESTHOOD) vs. IMPERFECTION(4:14—5:11)

OR

The CHALLENGE of CHOOSING a PERFECT PRIESTHOOD(Mediator)-II

Hebrews 4:14—5:11

Attention:

Political Representatives in election years/Mudslinging campaigns/Go-betweens who fails.

Are these were reliable mediators/Effective representatives of your values?

Need:

Why would I want to choose Jesus when I can go to the church building, walk up to the pastor or priest, share my concerns with him directly, & receive his blessing? After all, he’s closer to God’ than I am or can ever be, right?

The practical aspects of Catholicism are & Protestantism can be of this genre/ilk/stripe. The religion(approaching Jesus) takes precedence over the relationship(with Jesus).

The writer to the Hebrews set before his audience a deeper/further consideration of a Perfect Priesthood.

Christians, tempted by tradition, are encouraged toward a deeper/further consideration of a Perfect Priesthood.

What challenges do Christians, tempted toward tradition(traditionists), face in the consideration of a Perfect Priesthood?

6 Challenges traditionists must face in their confession of a Perfect Priesthood.

Previously we found that The challenge of choosing a Perfect Priesthood is accepting...

1—The Priest’s PATH(:14)

2—The Priest’s TEMPTATION(:15)

3—The Priest’s THRONE(:16)

4—The Priest’s SACRIFICE(:5:1-3)

5—The challenge of choosing a Perfect Priesthood is accepting

The Priest’s PLACEMENT(5:4-6)

Explanation:(5:4-6)Appointment/Nomination

:4—“And no man takes this honor to himself, but he who is called by God, just as Aaron was.”


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