Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Reformed Bible Conference

     This past Lord's Day evening I had the honor of preaching at First Presbyterian's annual Reformed Bible Conference in Hinckley, MN.  I cannot believe that this was my third time preaching in this conference.  The theme of this year's conference is "The Mediation of Christ" and audio files are available here.  I preached from Hebrews 7:23-28 on "Christ Our Heavenly Intercessor."
     Here is my basic outline:

Christ is our great high priest who is presently interceding in our behalf before the Father in heaven.

1.  The Office of Christ's Intercession (vv. 23-24).

     -Christ intercedes as our great high priest.

     -Contrast between Levitical priests and Christ:
          -They were many in number and held office temporarily on
          account of death.

          -He hold his priesthood permanently because he lives   

     -According to Leviticus 16, there are two phases to his priestly

          1.  Atonement outside the sanctuary.

          2.  Intercession inside the sanctuary. 

2.  The Nature of Christ's Intercession (v. 25).

     -Effective Prayers (Romans 8:33-34).

     -Representative Presence (Heb. 9:24).

     -Continual Advocacy (1 John 2:1-2).

3.  The Basis of Christ's Intercession (vv. 26-28).

     -His Sinless Person (v. 26).

     -His Sacrificial Death (vv. 27-28). 

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