7 Fascinating Facts that Make the Bible Unique

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What was a prophet in the Old Testament?

https://www.gotquestions.org/prophet-Old-Testament.html

Why Didn’t Jesus Know?

A Broadcast with R.C. Sproul

Jesus said that no man knows when He is going to return—including Him. Since Jesus is God, how could He not know? Is this a contradiction? From his series The Hard Sayings of Jesus, R.C. Sproul helps us answer this puzzling question.

4 Ways To Look At Circumstances

“No circumstance is so big that He cannot control it.”

– Jerry Bridges

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Preach like Hebrews

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The book of Hebrews is the only letter in the Bible that contains an inspired sermon, and as such pastors should model their sermons after Hebrews more than the styles of communication popular today.

Hebrews is certainly a written letter that contains the content of the author’s sermon. The point of the sermon was to express the pastor’s concern for the congregation’s perseverance. If you open your Bible to Hebrews, the first thing you notice is that it doesn’t begin like any of Paul’s letters or like anything else in New Testament literature. It’s different. It has a stunning start. “The Spirit expressly says…” The opening statement is confessional in character and compels attention. It engages in auditor or reader immediately. The preacher has a sense of urgency. He wants to compel his congregation to perseverance.

He moves from there to the issue of the superiority of Christ. The author writes to warn against drifting and to encourage steadfastness in his recipients. He does this by urging, warning and proving that Jesus is “better” than all that came before. 

This should be our model as well. The ancient, inspired, anonymous preacher provides a paradigm for preaching that transcends his audience and time period and instructs us as communicators in the modern age. This dazzling portrait of Christ ought to motivate an expositor today to ensure that their sermon is fixed and focused on the Son of God, and his glory.

Read the rest: http://thecripplegate.com/preach-like-hebrews/

10 Things You Should Know about the Heavenly Intercession of Jesus Christ

Right now, without ceasing, Jesus Christ is interceding for all those who know him. It is a wonderful truth indeed. Here are ten things to keep in mind when you think of Christ’s heavenly intercession.

(1) Christ’s heavenly intercession was prefigured in the Old Testament. We know that Christ’s atoning death was prefigured by the offering of sacrifices on the brazen altar, but the daily burning of incense on the golden altar in the Holy Place (cf. Exod. 30:1-10Ps. 141:2Rev. 5:88:3-4), symbolic of Israel’s prayers, also prefigured the priestly prayers of Jesus on behalf of his people.

(2) Christ’s heavenly intercession is repeatedly confirmed in the New Testament. Among the many texts that either explicitly or implicitly describe it, consider 1 John 2:1-2Hebrews 2:17-184:14-167:259:2410:19-22; John 17; Romans 8:28-34John 14:16.

(3) For whom does Christ intercede? We see again in the NT that Christ intercedes for his people, the elect, who were given to him by the Father before the foundation of the world. Although John 17:9 describes Christ’s prayers for his people while he was yet on earth, it stands to reason that this would not change upon his exaltation to the right hand of the Father. Thus, we read: “I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours” (John 17:9; see also John 17:20Romans 8:33-34).

Continue: http://christmycovenant.com/10-things-you-should-know-about-the-heavenly-intercession-of-jesus-christ/

31 questions to ask for a more Christ-centered 2018 31 questions to ask for a more Christ-centered 2018

http://equip.sbts.edu/article/31-questions-ask-christ-centered-2018/