Not Sinai but Zion [Hebrews 12:18-24]

May 15, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/15/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 12:18-24

Description:  

Superior.

The Bible presents a clear and superior contrast between Mount Sinai and, heavenly, Mount Zion… as well as between the “church in the wilderness” gathered under the mediator Moses and the “church of the firstborn” who are gathered under the mediatorial ministry of Jesus Christ.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and points us to this superiority, in that Jesus, who is the superior high priest, has brought the superior sacrifice into the superior sanctuary… and in His blood has brought us under a superior covenant.

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The Call to Holiness [Hebrews 12:12-17]

May 1, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/01/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 12:12-17

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God does not look at our holiness to determine if we are righteous enough for salvation. In fact, God does not even require holiness as a condition of our acceptance by Him.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that holiness is the evidence of a living faith — it’s the visible fruit of Christ’s work in our lives.

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And though this fruit of holiness can be seen as works of righteousness we have accomplished, it is only according to His mercy and workmanship that we have even — and could have even — done them.

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Don’t Draw the Wrong Conclusion [Hebrews 12:4-11]

April 24, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 04/24/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 12:4-11

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“By affliction, He teaches us many precious lessons, which, without it we should never learn. By affliction, He shows us our emptiness and weakness, draws us to the throne of grace, purifies our affections, weans us from the world, and makes us long for heaven. In the resurrection morning, we shall all say, ‘It is good for me that I was afflicted.’ We shall thank God for every storm.”

— JC Ryle

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us how our passage this morning is one of the Scriptural foundations for Ryle’s outlook on affliction…

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He understood what many of us miss when troubles come our way:

We see our troubles, and we sinfully draw the wrong conclusions.

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For the Joy Set Before Him [Hebrews 12:1-3]

April 10, 2022

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 04/10/2022, Palm Sunday

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 12:1-3

Description:

SBC Host: When you are suffering in the midst of life’s battles, where do you find your hope?

Avg Guy: Jesus.

SBC Host: Exactly. But what about when He was suffering?  Have you ever stopped to wonder what it was that Jesus considered?

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us that we ought give thought to this, as Jesus is not only the premier example of godly living… but also of godly suffering.

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Fixing Our Eyes Upon Jesus [Hebrews 12:1-2a]

April 3, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 04/03/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 12:1-2a

Description:  Reading through chapter 11 of Hebrews — the Hall of Faith chapter — may seem like a history lesson, but that was not the intent of the writer.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews in which we begin chapter 12 — a chapter in which the true intent of the Hall of Faith chapter is revealed: encouragement… encouragement to the believer.

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The Christian life is like a race. And our encouragement in this race comes, not only from the throngs of witnesses who have gone before and who live in God’s presence, but most importantly, the greatest encouragement and strength comes from Jesus, Himself, who not only is the supreme example of faith… but faith’s object, author, and finisher.

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Faith and the Perfection of God’s People [Hebrews 11:39-40]

March 20, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 03/20/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:39-40

Description:  

Avg Guy Sportscaster: [sport theme music] Welcome everybody to the Big Game! We’re in the Hall of Faith where the Old Covenant Saints will face the New Covenant Saints… Who will win?… It’s anybody’s call… should be pretty close.

SBC Host: Hold on! [sport music stops]

Avg Guy Sportscaster: Oh, do you want to be my color commentator?

SBC Host: No! This isn’t a game!!

Avg Guy Sportscaster: Are you kidding me?? This is the game of games! It’s like the “Bible Pro Bowl!”

SBC Host: What?? [Pause. Has an idea.] Wait. Hold on a second…. Keep going and take my opening lines. I need to look up something.

Avg Guy Sportscaster: [sport music resumes] All right!… Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Game Official and Pastor, Monty Simao, is on the field to continue our study in the book of Hebrews and to oversee these final verses in the Hall of Faith. And like I said, it doesn’t appear that one side has an advantage over the other since both sides of believers — both Old Testament and New Testament — must still look to God in faith.

SBC Host: Okay I’ve got it! Stop the music. [sport music stops] …Ok. While I’m not technically betting here, I’m willing to give up my place in line for common meal and give the advantage to the New Covenant Saints.

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Avg Guy Sportscast: You seem pretty confident there. Do you have some inside information?

SBC Host: Let’s just say that got a tip from the author of Hebrews. And while the Old Covenant Saints are to be revered, [sport music fades back in] the New Covenant Saints have got “something better.”

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Faith That Triumphs [Hebrews 11:30-38]

March 13, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 03/13/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:30-38

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SBC Host: If you were going to put a list together of heroes of the faith —real examples of faith — would your list include Samson, Jephthah, and Rahab?

Avg Guy: Are you kidding me?? Samson’s a womanizer. Jephthah — “The King of Rash” — needs to slow down and think before he acts. And Rahab… [whispering] she’s a harlot!!

SBC Host: Yep.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao draws to the end of our Hall of Faith Deep Dive, as we move through the book of Hebrews, and points out that most of us wouldn’t compile a list with those names… and yet, God did.

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And to the degree that we are surprised… is the degree to which we still don’t understand faith.

Avg Guy: oh.

 

 

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Faith Passes Through the Waters [Hebrews 11:27-29]

March 6, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 03/06/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:27-29

Description:

Avg Guy: Faith prevents the difficulties of life, for a lack of it is sure to bring trials and tribulations. 

[sfx: buzzer]

SBC Host: That’s not what the Bible teaches.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and our focus on Moses in the Hall of Faith.

Faith looks to God. It doesn’t prevent the difficulties in life, but it does overcome them.

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Often, God uses difficulties to strip away our self-reliance and silence our prideful hearts, and it is in this silence that faith looks to God in trust — knowing that even when we can’t see His hand, we can trust His heart.

 

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Costly Faith [Hebrews 11:23-26]

February 27, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 02/27/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:23-26

Description:

[Bible narration of John 15:18ff begins and then drops into the background]: If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you….

The Christian life is often a life of difficulty.  There is a costliness to faith as the world treats Christians harshly just as the world treated Christ.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews where we come across Moses in the Hall of Faith.

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For you see, faith looks at this life of difficulty and sees a greater reward in following Christ than the reward promised in a life of sin and ease. Faith also sees a loving Father in heaven who has secured a place with Him in eternal glory.

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When the Promises Collide with Death [Hebrews 11:20-22]

February 20, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 02/20/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:20-22

Description:

What does faith look like when the promises of God collide with death?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our Hall of Faith study in the book of Hebrews in which we examine the final moments of the patriarchs as they face death with their eyes toward the future…toward the horizon.

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They know that death will not hinder the promises of God in any way and that the future will continue to unveil God’s perfect plan — which will be moving forward until that great day of consummation and resurrection.

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The Test of Faith [Hebrews 11:17-19]

January 30, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 01/30/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:17-19

Description:

He was commanded to perform an impossible task: sacrifice his son.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrew’s Hall of Faith in which the spotlight is, once again, for Abraham.

But for us — we have questions:

How does faith overcome the natural objections that must arise from a such horrific command?

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How does faith pass a test, such as this, given by God?

And how does Abraham’s example of his undeniable willingness to sacrifice his son, Isaac, point to the promise of God for all believers?

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Faith Desires a Home [Hebrews 11:11-16]

January 23, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 01/23/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:11-16

Description:

It not only guides the way in which we live and walk in this life, but it also desires and searches for a home that this fallen world cannot provide — the heart of faith.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that in God, we as Christians, are satisfied.

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…Which also means that we are dissatisfied with anything less.

Therefore, our hearts will only rest when we find the home that God has prepared for us, where we will dwell in His presence forever.

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Even Sarah [Hebrews 11:11-12]

January 9, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 01/09/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:11-12; Genesis 18:1-15

Description:

She’s wife to “The Father of all who believe,” but she doesn’t share the same stellar reputation. [sfx: laugh of unbelief]

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews where we are focusing on the heroes that adorn the “Hall of Faith”.

…And when we hear that Sarah made the cut, we too are tempted to laugh. For we remember in the book of Genesis that the aged Sarah laughed in unbelief when God told her husband, Abraham, that she would soon have a son.

And yet, the book of Hebrews remembers Sarah DIFFERENTLY — as one who believed God.

Certainly, this obvious contradiction must be due to some sort of oversight!

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For thanks be to God’s grace,

“even Sarah” has a place…

in the Epistle to the Hebrews’ Hall of Faith.

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Looking for a City [Hebrews 11:8-10]

December 5, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 12/05/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:8-10

Description:

“The Father of All of Who Believe” — an incredible epitaph for an incredible, faith-filled man.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us that when it comes to faith, we can learn a lot from Abraham.

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But can we even relate to this stalwart of faith??

Ironically, while our daily struggles may make us feel far removed from what Father Abraham must have experienced, what we’re likely to find is that we share more in common with him, than not.

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When Faith Goes to Work [Hebrews 11:7]

November 28, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 11/28/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:7

Description:

[Telephone Vignette]

Store: Bob’s Lumber.

Customer: Yes. Hello. I need 3.1 million board feet of gopher wood delivered out to my place tomorrow morning please.

Store: Can I get a name on that order?

Customer: Noah.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews where we are learning a lot about faith right now. And Noah is yet another example of one that put action behind his belief.

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To the outsider, he would have looked crazy. Everything around Noah said that building a boat — a ship of such enormity — was a ridiculous endeavor. He didn’t even live near a boat launch!

…And yet without a cloud in the sky — BY FAITH — Noah knew that it was about to rain.

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Our Great Reward [Hebrews 11:5-6]

November 21, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 11/21/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:5-6

Description:

[Voice Compilation]

So all the days that Adam lived were…

So all the days of Seth were…

So all the days of Enosh were…

So all the days of Kenan were…

So all the days of Mahalalel were…

So all the days of Jared were…

So all the days of Methuselah were…

So all the days of Lamech were…

So all the days of Noah were…

…AND HE DIED.

They ALL died — except two: Elijah and Enoch… the two men in all of history who have not tasted the pains of death. Why?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that the Bible records much about Elijah; but about Enoch…not so much.

Consequently, throughout church history, Enoch’s sparse record has been a source of speculation.

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The author of Hebrews, however, helps us decipher what it was about the life of Enoch that was so pleasing to God — so pleasing that he spared him death.

…And the answer may not be what we think.

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Acceptable Through Faith [Hebrews 11:4]

November 14, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 11/14/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:4

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Two brothers went before the Lord to offer a sacrifice. One was accepted…the other, rejected.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews in which we examine this perplexing situation.

After all, as brothers, Cain and Abel had the same parents and were likely raised the same way. They both believed in God. And they both offered sacrifices from their labor and toil.

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But the end of the story leaves one brother dead and the other exiled.

Why??

…The very question the author of Hebrews seeks to answer.

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Faith in Action [Hebrews 11:1-3]

November 7, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 11/07/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:1-3

Description:

SBC Host: To live by faith — what does it mean??

Avg Guy:It means, mustering the courage and taking a leaping step into the dark.

Avg Gal:It’s channeling the power that comes from positive thinking to bring about what you want.

SBC Host: These are NOT Biblical views of faith.

Avg Guy/Gal: Oh.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows how the author not only defines faith for us, but gives us example after example of those that went before, who knew what it meant to live by faith: the saints of the Old Testament.

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The Righteous Shall Live by Faith [Hebrews 10:35-39]

October 24, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 10/24/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 10:35-39

Description:

What does it mean that the righteous shall live by faith?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that we often hear this phrase and immediately think it’s about the doctrine of justification… because Paul uses that expression to teach that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

But there is another part to it: Not only are we justified by faith, but we live and hope by faith as well.

In the darkest of days, the believer should live by faith, meaning that the people of God continue to trust in Him and cling to His promises even when distress and disaster have come to them.

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Knowing not only that God is faithful and will not let their soul come to destruction, but also that Christ is coming to bring an end to all calamity in a final judgment that is so complete, it will right every wrong.

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Remember the Former Days [Hebrews 10:32-35]

October 17, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 10/17/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 10:32-35

Description:

Remember the “Good Ol’ Days”?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that when we encounter difficult times, it’s natural for us to remind ourselves of former days that were better — probably because we feel that doing so will give us the needed courage to face our current challenge.

The writer of Hebrews takes the opposite approach, though.  Instead of recalling former times of ease, he tells his readers to recall former times of hardship! … times of affliction and persecution.

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Why?

Because when we remember God’s past faithfulness during trying times, we are encouraged to persevere…in the hope of our eternal reward.

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