Sermons by Revd. Paul Lewis

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Unprepared or Ready ?

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Revelation 4 and 5. “What more can we see about Jesus that will help us to live [steadfastly and resolutely] and why do we even need to bother at all? Surely by now we know how to answer that question! Revelation chapters 4 and 5 carefully set out a description of heaven that John saw […]

Passive or active?

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1 Thessalonians 4:13 – 5:24. The Thessalonian church had the reputation of having sat down waiting for Christ’s imminent return, thinking that they had nothing more to do. They really could have done with the encouragement of Hebrews 12 and 13, especially Hebrews 12:2, to keep focused on all that Jesus had given to them, […]

Confused or rejoicing?

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Luke 24: 13 – 35. The phrase, “You had to be there” is informative –  it flags up that if only we had been present at the time, then we would be able to fully appreciate what happened. At the same time, that’s frustrating – maybe if we’d stayed around for a bit longer then […]

Finished, or is there more?

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Matthew 27:1-66, 28:1-20. The darkness of the crucifixion of Jesus (Matthew 27), and the discovery of the empty tomb on that first Easter Sunday (Matthew 28), call into question why the writer of the letter to the Hebrews claimed that through Jesus we are “heirs of what was promised” and so “have this hope as […]

Triumphant or deluded?

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Matthew 21:1-11; 24 & 25. All of the gospel writers (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John) record their accounts of Jesus coming into Jerusalem in ways that have led biblical translators and scholars to use the heading “The Triumphal Entry” (NIV). That is a very celebratory statement, and Hebrews has certainly shown us that there is […]

Keep on loving each other.

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Hebrews 13: 1-25. The final chapter of Hebrews is very practical and everything that is to be perused in life flows out of this starting point: “Keep on loving each other” (13:1). When we are able to do that, having responded to Christ’s love for us, we will be welcoming to all, compassionate towards those […]

Hold unswervingly to hope.

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Hebrews 10:19 to 11:40. We are now just over two thirds of the way through the letter to the Hebrews, and so far, all of the attention has rightly been on Jesus. Now, as the letter begins to come to a close, the attention turns to the response that the Hebrews need to make, and […]

Mediator of a new covenant.

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Hebrews 8:1 to 10:18. Continuing to expand on the “better covenant”, it is Jesus as the great High Priest who is now described as the only one to be called the “mediator [of a new covenant which is] superior to the old one” (8:6). It is in chapter 9 that we’re moved towards our Easter […]

The great High Priest.

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Hebrews 4:14 to 5:10. Against the background of their firm understanding of the role of the Priest as the one to bring sacrifices to God on their behalf, the Hebrews are now to understand the place of Jesus as above all Priests – Jesus is “the great high Priest” above all others (4:14). And so […]

Greater honour than Moses.

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Hebrews 3:1 to 4:13. Claiming that Jesus is superior to the angels would have been a big enough thing for the recipients of this letter to get their minds around, but now they need to add to that: how can Jesus be above their great leader, Moses? Moses is commended in this section of the […]