Pastor Tony Sanelli of Grace Bible Church in Pleasant Hill is preaching a series through the book of Hebrews. Below is a summary of his sermons of Hebrews 3. Hyperlinks to the audio MP3 are provided.

Sermon 1 – Contemplate Jesus (Hebrews 3:1-6)

Contemplate His Superior Ministry (v.1-2)

  • Apostle (Isaiah 61:1; Luke 4:18; John 1:1; Hebrews 1:2
  • High Priest (Hebrews 2:17; 1 Timothy 2:5)
  • Our confession (Hebrews 4:14; 10:23; Romans 10:9-10)

Contemplate His Superior Glory (v.3-4)

  • Difference between a house and its builder
  • Difference between creation and its maker

Contemplate His Superior Position (v.5-6)

  • Moses was a faithful servant in God’s house.
  • Jesus is the faithful Son over God’s house. (Psalm 40:8; Hebrews 10:7, 9; John 4:34; 6:38) He inherits the Father’s house, uses over God’s house and provides for God’s house.

Sermon 2 – Peril of a Hard Heart (Hebrews 3:7-11)

The heart is the mission control center of our nature. It is the seat of the intellect, memory, emotion, desires and will.

To Avoid a Hard Heart, We Must Hear and Heed Christ’s Voice (v.7)

What the Bible says, God says (2 Peter 1:21; Hebrews 12:25; 2 Timothy 3:16). Hearing God’s voice involves receiving what He is saying (Deuteronomy 13:4; John 10:4-5, 27).

  • “Today” – the abiding nature of God’s word
  • “you” – the personal nature of God’s word
  • “do not harden” your heart – the urgency of God’s word

To Avoid a Hard Heart, We Must Trust Christ’s Promises (v.8-9)

Psalm 95 is a meditation on the wilderness experience when Israel doubted God’s word again and again (Exodus 17:1-7; Numbers 20:1-13; 14:27-35). The common link in each situation was unbelief. Though they witnessed great miracles they doubted God’s love and care for them (Psalm 78:22). We too can tempted to doubt Christ’s promises in times of adversity (Mark 4:16-19; Romans 8:32; 1 Corinthians 10:13).

To Avoid a Hard Heart, We Must Know and Walk in Christ’s Ways (v.10-11)

To go astray is to set your will against the Lord’s will (Isaiah 53:6; Proverbs 14:21). There is hope in Christ for those who recognize their error and repent (Isaiah 55:7). “Always” refers to a persistent pattern of rejecting God’s will. Christians are called to walk in Christ’s ways (Ephesians 5:1; Matthew 16:24; 1 John 2:3, 6). Going astray begins in the heart (Proverbs 4:23). In Christ believers receive a new heart with new potential (Ezekiel 36:26; Jeremiah 31:33).

Sermon 3 – Antidote of a Hard Heart (Hebrews 3:12-19)

Discipline of Spiritual Vigilance (v.12)

  • “Take care” (2 Corinthians 13:5; Galatians 6:1)
  • “lest there…” (Numbers 14:11)

Discipline of Intentional Fellowship (v.13-19)

  • “exhort” (Hebrews 10:24-25; 13:22)
  • “one another” emphasizes individual responsibility
  • “every day” – frequency of intentional fellowship
  • “that none of you may be hardened” is the purpose
  • “we have come to share in Christ” is the reason
  • negative example given in v.15-19

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