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Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #1 - Jesus is Better!Hebrews 1:1-2aDownload PDF Supposing, just for the sake of illustration, that you come across an envelope in which there is a lengthy letter. It doesn’t belong to you but you are determined that it be delivered to its rightful destination. More than likely the first order of business would be to examine the front of the envelope to discover the individual or individuals to whom the letter is addressed. Bu...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #2 - Why is Jesus Better? Seven Reasons Hebrews 1:1-4Download PDF If you’ve ever wondered why Bridgeway Church exists, it isn’t so that those who don’t play golf might have something to occupy their time on a Sunday morning. Our mission statement is clear and to the point: We exist to exalt Christ in the City, through Gospel-centered Worship, Discipleship, Community, and Mission. But why? Why is it our individual and c...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #3 - Jesus, Better than the AngelsHebrews 1:4-14Download PDF Jesus, Better than the Angels Hebrews 1:4-14 When we began our series in the book of Hebrews I mentioned several things about which we remain in ignorance. For example, we don’t know who wrote the book or when it was composed or where the author was located or who the people were to whom it was addressed. However, I think we can reasonably conclude one thing about...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #4 - Such a Great Salvation!Hebrews 2:1-4Download PDF Such a Great Salvation! Hebrews 2:1-4 Jesus is better, or so the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews would have us believe. As good and great as was everything that preceded him during the time of the Old Covenant under Moses, Jesus is better. Jesus is immeasurably superior to anything your heart can conceive or your mind can imagine. Jesus Christ is God’s full and fina...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #5 - Pollyanna vs. Christian Hope: Discerning the DifferenceHebrews 2:5-9Download PDF Pollyanna vs. Christian Hope:Discerning the Difference Hebrews 2:5-9 [“The introductory formula [in v. 6a] is interesting. At first glance the wording seems cavalier, ‘But one has somewhere testified.’ The author is not betraying ignorance, as if he doesn’t know the text which he cites. The letter as a whole demonstr...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #6 - Jesus, the “Pioneer” Man, made “Perfect” through SufferingHebrews 2:10-13Download PDF Jesus, the “Pioneer” Man, made “Perfect” through Suffering Hebrews 2:10-13 Let me be entirely honest with you this morning. My guess is that most of you think I never have doubts about my faith in Christ or that everything in Christianity makes perfectly good sense to me. Quite honestly, that&...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #7 - The Death of Death in the Death of the Risen ChristHebrews 2:14-18Download PDF The Death of Death in the Death of the Risen Christ Hebrews 2:14-18 Today, traditionally known as Easter Sunday, more biblically known as Resurrection Sunday, is all about one theme and one theme only: Jesus of Nazareth, the God-man, following a sinless and altogether virtuous and obedient life, died a substitutionary and altogether sufficient and...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #8 - Jesus, Our Merciful and Faithful High PriestHebrews 2:14-18Download PDF Jesus, Our Merciful and Faithful High Priest Hebrews 2:14-18 Last week our time in this passage was devoted to exploring what it means to say that God the Son, the Second Person of the Trinity, became a human being in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, and how he, by dying and rising from the grave, was able to defeat and destroy Satan and to deliver men a...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #9 - Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our ConfessionHebrews 3:1-6Download PDF Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our Confession Hebrews 3:1-6 I had an interesting experience in studying this passage in Hebrews 3 and in my preparation for this message. I got massively distracted! But in a good way! And I hope you will be happy and pleased that I was. So let me explain. As we’ve already seen in our study of Hebrews, ...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #10 - Perseverance is a Community ProjectHebrews 3:7-19Download PDF Perseverance is a Community Project Hebrews 3:7-19 I’d be curious to know what many of you think about your salvation and what God has done through Christ to reconcile you to himself. My guess is that most Christians today would respond by talking of personal faith in Jesus and repentance from sin, of being forgiven and becoming a child of God. A few of you...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #11 - Rest!Hebrews 4:1-11Download PDF Rest! Hebrews 4:1-11 Back in Hebrews 2:4 our author encouraged us not to neglect this “great salvation” that we have in Jesus Christ. Do you know why your salvation is great? Do you think often of it? Have you exerted the mental and spiritual energy to meditate on the multi-faceted, multi-dimensional nature of what it means to be “saved” from sin and death and condemna...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #12 - The Sharp, Two-Edged Sword of the SpiritHebrews 4:12-13Download PDF The Sharp, Two-Edged Sword of the Spirit Hebrews 4:12-13 Today, in our study of these two verses in Hebrews 4, you are going to hear something about Bridgeway Church and our philosophy of ministry that you may never have seriously considered before. You are also going to learn something about me, although I trust that those of you who’ve been here for...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #13 - When Young Ravens CryHebrews 4:14-16Download PDF When Young Ravens Cry Hebrews 4:14-16 Allow me to set the stage, so to speak, for what we read here in Hebrews 4:14-16, especially v. 16 on which we will focus most of our attention.  All of us are in need. All of us face situations with other people that stretch our wisdom to the limit. All of us encounter struggles and obstacles and roadblocks and landmines in life th...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #14 - Celebrating Christ as the Source of SalvationHebrews 4:14-5:10Download PDF Celebrating Christ as the Source of Salvation Hebrews 4:14-5:10 If you were to ask the average Christian to quote one verse in the Bible that best summarizes what we call the gospel, most would instinctively turn to John 3:16. And that’s ok. It is stunning to think that because God loved this world of fallen sinners he sent his only Son, Jesus,...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #15 - Can You Hear Me Now?Hebrews 5:11-6:3Download PDF Can You Hear Me Now? Hebrews 5:11-6:3 I have to suppress the urge to laugh out loud when I hear Christians tell me how great it would be if we could only return to the glory days of the early church. They appear to believe that in the first century the church was far better off than it is today, that it knew little of division or false teaching and knew a lot of power and pur...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #16 - Unsaved “Believers”Hebrews 6:4-9Download PDF Unsaved “Believers” Hebrews 6:4-9 It has been slightly more than a year and a half since we concluded a brief series of sermons on the question of whether or not born-again believers in Jesus Christ can lose or forfeit their salvation. We looked at virtually all the passages in the NT to determine if a person who has been justified by faith in Jesus Christ...Read More

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchHebrews #47 - Command What You Will, and Give What You CommandHebrews 13:20-25Download PDF Command What You Will, and Give What You Command Hebrews 13:20-25 G. K. Chesterton, turn of the century British author, Roman Catholic, and journalist, once famously said: “Christianity has not so much been tried and found wanting, as it has been found difficult and left untried.” Each time I hear those words I have the same feeling of ...Read More