What’s New in the New Covenant

What’s New in the New Covenant

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

In the early 1980s, Coke was losing ground to Pepsi. The infamous “Pepsi Challenge” campaign was largely responsible for Pepsi’s surge. In response to the pressure, Coca-Cola tried to create a product that would taste more like Pepsi. So on April 23, 1985, the Coca-Cola Company announced a change to its nearly century-old secret formula. The “New Coke” would have a smoother, sweeter taste — similar to Diet Coke, but sweetened with corn syrup. Market researchers and pollsters were sure it’d be a hit. While New Coke fared well enough in nationwide taste tests before launching in 1985, the results turned out to be misleading. Quickly, the new soft drink fizzled out. Loyal Coke drinkers weren’t upset — they were angry. So passionate were Coke drinkers that they launched grassroots campaigns across the country to force Coca-Cola to bring back the original Coke. Coke abandoned the product after a few weeks and went back to its old formula. It also gave its product a new name: Coca-Cola Classic.

In the letter to the Hebrews, the author was addressing those who wanted to go back to living according to the Old Covenant. We’ll call it, Hebrew Classic. The Hebrews were feeling pressured and persecuted because of their faith in Jesus. There were tempted to return back to what was familiar and comfortable in following the Mosaic Law -the Old Covenant. In Hebrews 8:1-13, the author to the Hebrews points out what’s New in the New Covenant and reveals that it’s not just an improvement -it’s a total replacement that’s completely better.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 07.15.2018

Jesus Our Perfect High Priest

Jesus Our Perfect High Priest

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

Greatness is understood best by comparison. For example, all Presidents of the United States are compared with the greatness of George Washington. The best writers and playwrights are compared with William Shakespeare. World changing scientists are compared with the genius of Albert Einstein. And Hall of Fame baseball players are measured by the standards of Babe Ruth.

It’s the same in the Bible with men of faith like Abraham, Moses, David, and more. Comparisons help us contextualize and comprehend a person’s greatness. In Hebrews 7:1-28, the author pulls out a rather obscure comparison to make a significant point. He compares the relatively unknown Melchizedek to Abraham, Moses, and the entire sacrificial system of the Mosaic Law to show how much greater Melchizedek (Genesis 14:18-20) was to all of them. And by further comparison to Melchizedek, JESUS is even greater. In fact, He’s our perfect high priest worthy of our trust.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 07.08.2018

High Hopes

High Hopes

by Robert Matthews | PBC Sermons

A person can endure the most horrific of circumstances as long as he or she has hope. People can live for about forty days without food, but we won’t last a second without hope.

Biblical hope is more than just wishful thinking; it’s anticipating with confident expectation. In Hebrews 6:13-20, we discover that God keeps His Word. His Word is linked to His unchangeable character. And God’s Word is our HOPE.

sermon by: Robert Matthews
date: 07.01.2018

The Warning of Falling Away

The Warning of Falling Away

by Jeff Edmunds | PBC Sermons

In the book of Hebrews (6:4-12), we find people in the church who switched from following Jesus to something else. When trials or persecutions or difficulties came their way, some walked away from Jesus and rejected Him. These individuals knew the truth about Jesus and even shared in the blessings of God, “tasted the heavenly gift.”

The author of Hebrews uses these people as a warning for us to genuinely believe in Jesus – that He is greater than anyone else and anything else.

sermon by: Jeff Edmunds
date: 06.24.2018

Encouraging Children

Encouraging Children

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

Children (of all ages and stages) are important to God. Jesus said in Luke 18:16 “Let the little children come to Me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”  Children are vulnerable, dependent, threatened in our world, and, therefore, need encouraging adults who exemplify the love of our Heavenly Father.

In this Father’s Day sermon from PBC, Larry Murray shares 7 ways parents, grandparents, and the family of God can encourage children in our church and community.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 06.10.2018

Growing UP!

One thing every child has in common is the desire to grow up. Somewhere between 2-3 years old, kids develop an awareness that little people have the potential of becoming “big.” Physical growth for children is normal, regularly measured, and a cause for joy. Growth is so important that hindered growth is universally regarded as a great cause for concern.

But there is a massive tragedy few are aware of and with which fewer still concern themselves—namely, halted spiritual growth, perpetual infancy, never becoming a “big person” spiritually. The writer of Hebrews pauses in his explanation about Jesus’ greatness to address the importance of growing UP (Hebrews 5:11-6:3). Believers in Jesus must keep growing up in Christ as He transforms our attitudes, behaviors, and character.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 06.10.2018

Jesus is our Great Hero

We love super hero adventures because the characters have weaknesses just like us, they have struggles just like us. We need heroes who can identify with us and us with them. In reality, we need more than comic book heroes. We need a hero who understands our weaknesses. We need a hero with the moral character and spiritual power to conquer evil. The writer of Hebrews says that hero is JESUS.
As our Great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-5:10), He is greater than anyone or anything, so why would we trust in anyone or anything else.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 06.03.2018

Entering God’s Rest

Entering God’s Rest

by Ryan Rives | PBC Sermons

When we trust Jesus by faith and follow Him in obedience we can REST- knowing that God is in control and holds us securely. Rest, both eternal rest and rest in the present life, can only come by faith in Jesus who is greater than anyone and anything else. Hebrews 4:1-13 asks us to examine ourselves as the Day is coming where God will examine us and we will enter into perfect rest!

sermon by: Ryan Rives
date: 05.27.2018

Times of Testing

Times of Testing

by Joseph Gonzalez | PBC Sermons

What will you do when times of testing cause you to doubt God? How can you respond in such a way that honors God?

In the book of Hebrews, the church is under a cloud of persecution (Hebrews 10:32-34). They’ve suffered the loss of their jobs, relationships, reputation, possessions, and more. How will they respond to God? Will they continue to believe? Will they return to what’s familiar or comfortable? Or will they even harden their hearts toward Jesus in unbelief?

How will we respond when we get in a tough spot? Has adversity taken its toll on you? Our response must not be self-preservation, but trusting God regardless of present circumstances or the outcome of those circumstances. Trust Him.

sermon by: Joseph Gonzalez
date: 05.20.2018

Jesus is Greater

2018 Sermon Series

The letter to the Hebrews was written to a 2ndGeneration of Believers who were dealing with questions, concerns, and controversies among believers. The Book of Hebrews offers great instruction and comfort for us as Plano Bible Chapel begins the next 50 years of following Jesus. While there are some grand doctrinal themes, we find generous amounts of faith, multiple portions of hope, and enthusiastic helpings of love. Hebrews transforms our understanding of Christ, our Christology, from abstract theology to intimate relationship. JESUS IS GREATER!

Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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