Sermons

Enduring Faith

Dick and Jane Farstad in Ecuador with Mark and Martie

On January 8, 1956 five missionaries in Equador, including Jim Elliot and Ed McCully, were attacked and speared by a group of Aucu warriors. The news of their deaths was broadcast around the world, and Life magazine covered the event with a photo essay. The deaths of the men galvanized the missionary effort in the United States and specifically, the calling of Dick and Jane Farstad to risk their lives to tell others about Jesus Christ. Just four years later, they arrived in Quito with their young children, Mark and Martie, for Spanish language study then on to Arajuno on edge of Amazon to live with the same jungle Quechuas that killed Jim Elliot and Ed McCully a few years before.

Why would Dick and Jane move from the relative safety of America to risk their lives and family in the Amazon? Faith in Jesus Christ. Faith that takes a long-term perspective because in the short-term nothing tangible is realized except our faithfulness.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 09.23.2018

Living by Faith

Nick and Amanda Buccola – Ebenezer Collective

Where do you turn when your world falls apart?What do you do when your worst fears become your present reality?  Who do you go to during times of difficulty? The author of the letter of Hebrews gave a clear answer: Turn to Jesus by faith.

Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.”

Faith holds on to the promise of God for the future even when the present evidence of harsh reality questions its reliability because the One who promised is faithful.

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 09.09.2018

Jesus is Praying for You

Jesus Is Praying for You

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

One of the most encouraging things than anyone can do for us is to pray for us. Even greater is the truth of God’s Word, that Jesus is praying for you. He’s praying for me. Hebrews 7:25 tells us, “He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede for them.”  Jesus, our Great High Priest, lives to intercede for His faithful followers.

So what does Jesus pray about for us? When Jesus prays for us, what is on his heart? What is on his mind? His prayer in John 17 gives us some specific clues and great insight into Jesus’ intercessory ministry. He prays that we will have the same loyalty, the same security, the same mission, and the same unity, and the same relationship that He has with the Father.

Jesus is praying for you!

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 08.26.2018

We Need Each Other

We need each other. New Testament authors rarely spoke in terms of “my faith,” instead they frequently said, “our faith.” Our faith in Jesus and our hope in His promises cannot be separated from our relationship with each another. As believers in Jesus Christ, we have unlimited access to God that leads to a confident life of faith, hope, and love. Like embers need the fire, we need each other, too, because of our present struggle to walk with Jesus by faith with hope in Him. 

“Let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works… encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

sermon by: Larry Murray
date: 08.12.2018

The Superiority of Christ’s Sacrifice

The Superiority of Christ’s Sacrifice

by Warren Mull | PBC Sermons

The practices of the Old Covenant were full of formal rituals and elaborate ceremonies but the New Covenant provides substance instead of pageantry in the form of Christ’s sacrifice for us, which is able to forever deal with the sin that keeps us from God. Hebrews 9:1-28 points out the superiority of Christ’s Sacrifice.

sermon by: PBC Elder Warren Mull
date: 07.15.2018

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

HEBREWS:
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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