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Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #17 - Experiencing the Full Assurance of HopeHebrews 6:9-12Download PDF Experiencing the Full Assurance of Hope Hebrews 6:9-12 There is no way to exaggerate or overestimate what you could achieve by the grace of God if you were living in the full assurance of your hope in Christ. There is no way to exaggerate or overestimate how deeply you could enjoy the blessings of being a child of God if you were living in the full assurance ...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #16January 3, 2016Download PDF I’d like to see a show of hands. How many of you here today are by nature patient? Is there anyone who finds patience as natural as breathing? Anyone? Anyone? I’m looking for that man or woman, young or old, who instinctively responds to irritating people and aggravating circumstances with a calm and controlled spirit. Anyone? Anyone? Hmmm. I didn’t think so. Well, that sort of ruins thing...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #18 - Why Does it Matter that God Cannot Lie?Hebrews 6:13-20Download PDF Why Does it Matter that God Cannot Lie? Hebrews 6:13-20 To what lengths do you think God might go to provide you with rock solid proof that he loves you and will fulfill his promises to you? How extravagant might his efforts be? Is there a limit to what he might do or say in order for you to be encouraged and reassured that his promise to save you cannot be ...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #17January 10, 2016Download PDF Truth, or integrity in our speech, that sense of moral obligation to God according to which we represent things as they really are, both in word and deed, has gradually eroded in many segments of our society. This shouldn’t come as a total surprise insofar as the first sin in the Garden of Eden was an attack upon the veracity or truthfulness of what God himself had said. Recall the statement: “i...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #19Download PDF Who the heck is Melchizedek? Hebrews 7:1-10, 23-25 So, who the heck is Melchizedek? And assuming we can find an answer to that question here in Hebrews 7, what difference does it make to you and me? The best way for us to proceed in search of an answer is by pausing briefly and making certain that we know the flow of the book of Hebrews.  You will recall that the overarching theme of Hebrews is that Jesus is bett...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames # 18January 10, 2016Download PDF So, let’s be honest with each other this morning about why we don’t pray as much as we know we should. When I talk with Christians of all ages and both genders, I hear comments like these: “Come on, Sam, we live in a digital world where religious rituals from medieval times, like prayer, simply don’t fit in. Enlightened and educated people might grudgingly concede that there is a s...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #20 - To the “Uttermost” and “Always”Hebrews 7:11-25Download PDF To the “Uttermost” and “Always” Hebrews 7:11-25 No matter how seemingly helpful the many psychological formulas that help you cope with life may be, no matter how transforming the practical counsel you might find in today’s world to help you with your problems may be, everything is either partial or periodic. Wha...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #19January 24, 2016Download PDF Many of you are new to Bridgeway and may not as yet fully understand what we mean when we say we are a church committed to both the Word of God and the Spirit of God. Or, upon hearing that, you may respond by saying: “Big deal. All churches believe in the importance of the Bible, and all churches believe in the existence of the Holy Spirit.” That may be true, but that’s not what we mean he...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #21 - Once for AllHebrews 7:26-28Download PDF Once for All Hebrews 7:26-28 At our community group leaders gathering here on Friday night I spoke about what has been called the “scandal of particularity”. What many perceive to be the “scandal” of our evangelical faith is the idea we promote that there is only one particular pathway to God; only one particular and exclusive opportunity to be saved; only one ...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #20January 31, 2016Download PDF The responses I hear when I ask someone to pray for the sick that they might be healed are varied: “But I’m not an Elder. And James says the sick should call for the Elders to have them pray.” “But I’m not a Pastor. I’m not on staff at our church. Isn’t it the responsibility of pastors to pray for the sick? Isn’t that what we pay you guys to do?” &ldq...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #22 - A Celebration of the New Covenant in ChristHebrews 8:1-13Download PDF A Celebration of the New Covenant in Christ Hebrews 8:1-13 I did not plan for our study of Hebrews 8 to fall on the last Sunday of the month, the day on which we regularly celebrate the Lord’s Supper. I can only attribute that to divine providence! Of course, some of you may not immediately recognize the connection between the New Covenant, about wh...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames # 21February 7, 2016Download PDF In July of last year, when we began this series of studies in the epistle of James, I pointed out in the first message that most scholars agree that the “James” who wrote this letter was in fact the half-brother of Jesus (see Mark 6:3-6). That is to say, he was the natural born son of Joseph and Mary. Like his other siblings, he was initially opposed to the ministry of Jesus, but after the resu...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #23 - What To Do When Your Conscience Feels DirtyHebrews 9:1-14Download PDF What To Do When Your Conscience Feels Dirty Hebrews 9:1-14 I’ll be the first to admit that on a number of occasions in our study of Hebrews I’ve wondered to myself: What does this book have to do with life in 2014? Its language seems so foreign and its images so distant and its symbolism so strange. We live in a world where a man has walked on...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames # 22March 13, 2016Download PDF If every Christian isn’t familiar with 2 Timothy 3:16-17, every Christian should be. There the Apostle Paul made what most believe is the most important statement in the Bible about the Bible. He said: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #24- Our Eternal Inheritance in ChristHebrews 9:15-26Download PDF Our Eternal Inheritance in Christ Hebrews 9:15-26 So Moses said, “Thus says the Lord: ‘About midnight I will go out in the midst of Egypt, and every firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the slave girl who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the cattle. There...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #25 - Are You Eagerly Awaiting the Second Coming of Christ?Hebrews 9:27-28Download PDF Are You Eagerly Awaiting the Second Coming of Christ? Hebrews 9:27-28 How seriously and sincerely do you look forward to the Second Coming of Christ? Does it occupy your thinking on a regular basis? I’m not asking whether or not you enjoy engaging in speculative debates with friends about the identity of the Antichrist or whether or not R...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #26 - When God Chooses Not To RememberHebrews 10:1-18Download PDF When God Chooses Not To Remember Hebrews 10:1-18 I’m going to begin by asking you a series of questions, to each of which, in my opinion, there is one simple answer. What is the single greatest and most imposing obstacle to your enjoyment of God?  What, more than anything else, keeps you at arms’ length from your heavenly Father?  What is...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #27 - Draw Near to God!Hebrews 10:19-22Download PDF Draw Near to God! Hebrews 10:19-22 Most of you are too young to remember this, but in the 1970’s one of the most controversial books to be released came from the pen of Harvard University professor, B. F. Skinner. It was titled, Beyond Freedom and Dignity. The central thesis of that book was that inasmuch as humanity is on the verge of self-annihilation, it has become impe...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #28 - Why Must a Christian be in Community in a Local Church?Hebrews 10:23-25Download PDF Why Must a Christian be in Community in a Local Church? Hebrews 10:23-25 Gina Welch is a graduate of Yale University, teaches English at George Washington University, and is the author of the book, In the Land of Believers: An Outsider’s Extraordinary Journey into the Heart of the Evangelical Church (Metropolitan Books, 2010). Here is ...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #29 - Is the God of Love also a God of Wrath?Hebrews 10:26-31Download PDF Is the God of Love also a God of Wrath? Hebrews 10:26-31 This passage in Hebrews 10 makes a lot of people extremely uncomfortable. More than a few of you were probably squirming in your seats as I read it just a moment ago. And it isn’t primarily because it seems to suggest that a Christian can lose his/her salvation. That, of course, is an important ...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #30 - Better and Abiding: The Double Perfection that Brings JoyHebrews 10:32-39Download PDF Better and Abiding: The Double Perfection that Brings Joy Hebrews 10:32-39 This portion of God’s Word that we call the Letter to the Hebrews has occupied our attention now for thirty weeks. Although I had studied and even preached through Hebrews many years ago, its impact on me this time has been far beyond anything I experien...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #31 - What is Faith?Hebrews 11:1-7Download PDF What is Faith? Hebrews 11:1-7 Before we so much as stick our big toe into the deep waters of Hebrews 11, I want to make two things crystal clear. The first has to do with the nature and meaning of Christian faith. The second relates to the place of Hebrews 11 in the context of the book of Hebrews as a whole.  So, let me be perfectly clear about the nature and meaning of Christi...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #32 - Heaven on Earth. Literally!Hebrews 11:8-16Download PDF Heaven on Earth. Literally! Hebrews 11:8-16 Some of you probably think that I take a certain perverse pleasure in bursting your deeply cherished doctrinal bubbles or in slaying your sacred cows when it comes to certain long-held beliefs about the Bible. I don’t. Well, o.k., so maybe I do, just a little bit. But my real pleasure comes from providing you with a clea...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #33 - Was it an Act of Faith, or Unconscionable Stupidity?Hebrews 11:17-22Download PDF Was it an Act of Faith, or Unconscionable Stupidity? Hebrews 11:17-22 Romans 4:16-25 The purpose of Hebrews 11 is to encourage us in our own personal journeys of faith. As our author said in Hebrews 10:36, “you have need of endurance,” and as he will say yet again in Hebrews 12:1, “let us run with endurance the race that is s...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #34 - Living by Faith in the Greater Wealth of Christ Hebrews 11:23-28Download PDF Living by Faith in the Greater Wealth of Christ  Hebrews 11:23-28 I want to portray for you two similar scenarios, one that is applicable to men and the other to women.  Men, envision yourself in a small accountability group with three others, one of whom is struggling with what can only be called a sexual addiction. He has acknowle...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #35 - The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days of the People of Hebrews 11Hebrews 11:29-40Download PDF The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days of the People of Hebrews 11 Hebrews 11:29-40 I wasn’t able to see the movie that came out a few months ago, but I do remember when the book first came out in 1972. I’m talking about Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. If you haven’t r...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #36 - To Run, Meander, or Coast: What’s Your View of the Christian LifeHebrews 12:1-2Download PDF To Run, Meander, or Coast:  What’s Your View of the Christian Life? Hebrews 12:1-2 Not all Christians will appreciate or respond positively to what I have to say this morning about the nature of their relationship with Jesus Christ and what it means to live as a Christian. I’m sorry to have to begin this ...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #37 - The Lord Disciplines the Ones He LovesHebrews 12:3-11Download PDF The Lord Disciplines the Ones He Loves Hebrews 12:3-11 There are several things that I would love to be able to tell you, but I can’t. My commitment to the inspiration and authority of the Bible won’t allow it. For example, I would like to be able to say that you need not ever again be concerned about or pray for your unsaved family members or fri...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #38 - The Commandments of God are Not Burdensome!Hebrews 12:12-17Download PDF The Commandments of God are Not Burdensome! Hebrews 12:12-17 I’ve always been both intrigued and encouraged by something John the Apostle wrote in the fifth chapter of his first epistle: “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3). Jesus said something almost identi...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #39 - A Tale of Two MountainsHebrews 12:18-24Download PDF A Tale of Two Mountains Hebrews 12:18-24 There are numerous important spiritual lessons for us to learn from this passage, but my focus today is on only one. And as you can see from our reading of this text, it concerns the obvious and unmistakable contrast between the old covenant, as represented by Mt. Sinai, and the new covenant, as represented by Mt. Zion.  This ...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #40 - Our God, Whose Name Is JealousHebrews 12:25-29Download PDF Our God, Whose Name Is Jealous Hebrews 12:25-29 As best I can remember, it was the spring of 1971. Ann and I had been dating for about seven months. I’m not sure how committed she was to me but I was absolutely certain that we were going to get married. As far as I was concerned, she was my girl and nothing or no one was going to get in the way of our future t...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #41 - Marriage: Precious and PureHebrews 13:1-4Download PDF Marriage: Precious and Pure Hebrews 13:1-4 I read the other day that Amazon.com currently lists for sale 151,000 books on marriage, 27,000 books on dating, 12,000 books on attraction, and more than 190,000 books on sex. One would think that with this massive focus on sex and marriage and the plethora of books from which people might draw more information than they could ...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #42 - Money Matters and the Presence of GodHebrews 13:5-6Download PDF Money Matters and the Presence of God Hebrews 13:5-6 I’m not a huge fan of ranking the comparative benefits or blessings of the gospel. I know some believe that adoption into the family of God as spiritual sons and daughters is the greatest blessing of the gospel. Others prefer justification, the truth that through faith we are declared righteous in Jesus...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #43 - The Excellence and Encouragement of an Unchanging ChristHebrews 13:7-9Download PDF The Excellence and Encouragement of an Unchanging Christ Hebrews 13:7-9 Change is inevitable in virtually every sphere of our existence. Next year we will witness a change in the presidency of the United States, and with it, regardless of who is elected, will undoubtedly come changes in our economy and our foreign policy and how much we pay i...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #44 - Eat Grace!Hebrews 13:7-14Download PDF Eat Grace! Hebrews 13:7-14 How’s your heart? No, I don’t mean that organ in your chest. I’m not asking if you’ve recently suffered cardiac arrest. I’m not asking for information about your pulse rate or your white blood count or how high or low your cholesterol may be. I have no interest today in the results of your most recent electrocardiogram or how many...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #45 - How Pilgrims Sing and ServeHebrews 13:14-16Download PDF How Pilgrims Sing and Serve Hebrews 13:14-16 I want to dispense today with any prolonged introduction and jump right into the deep end of the pool. In Hebrews 13:14 our author says that Christians, and I assume that means you who are in attendance here today, are people who know and believe in the depths of your heart that “here” on this present earth, in i...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #46 - Joyful Leaders and Those Who Follow ThemHebrews 13:17-19Download PDF Joyful Leaders and Those Who Follow Them Hebrews 13:17-19 Two weeks ago the Pew Research Center released the results of its most recent survey of America’s religious landscape. I wasn’t at all surprised by the statistics. The survey indicated that whereas in 2007 more than 78% of Americans identified as Christian, that number has plummeted to j...Read More