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.
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.
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).
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