The Earthly Sanctuary and its Worship [Hebrews 9:1-10]

July 25, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 07/25/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 9:1-10

Description: 

Avg Guy: If the new covenant is so much better, why is the old covenant still so attractive?

I mean, why would the book of Hebrews even need to be written, convincing people not to go back to the shadows of the Old Covenant?

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shares with us that the answer lies in the Old Covenant’s barrier to God’s presence.

…With the greatest of barriers not being the obvious veil in the temple or tabernacle, but rather man’s guilt and shame.

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Out With the Old and in with the New [Hebrews 8:7-13]

July 18, 2021

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Date: 07/18/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 8:7-13

Description:

Avg Guy: There’s a NEW Covenant??

What was wrong with the Old?

I wonder if it’s just an update — and is now better — or if it’s WAY different.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and helps us answer these questions.

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Unlike the idea of “new” in our modern age… this time new DOES mean *better*, not simply *different*.

In fact, the New Covenant is so much better, that upon its establishment, the Old became utterly obsolete.

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The Heavenly Sanctuary [Hebrews 8:1-6]

July 11, 2021

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Date: 07/11/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 8:1-6

Description:

Tabernacle Building Vignette

writer: We can stop pitching the tent, Eliakim, for the Lord has pitched the True Tent… our True Tabernacle of the Heavenly Realm!

Eliakim: There you go again! You and your writings.

writer: Eliakim, listen to me!…. Don’t you see? Jesus is our Priest, now… our High Priest in heaven… And His work far surpasses what our priests here on earth could EVER do!

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews, where we learn right alongside them about a better ministry….

writer: Don’t you read Torah?

Eliakim: God warned Moses on the mountain. That’s all I need. Now we have a tabernacle to erect. Grab your hammer, and help me! Follow the plan.

writer: Yes, you are right. God warned Moses to follow the pattern because it had to be precise. This tent, and everything that our earthly priest do in here in it, is but a shadow — a hint — of what goes on in the True Sanctuary of Heaven.

And the work that has been given to our High Priest, Jesus, is much greater than the work of OUR priests.

…Eliakim, don’t you find it strange that this tent we erect, time and time again, has no chair for the priest in which to sit?

Eliakim: How can he! Have you seen all the offerings and sacrifices?? He has far too much work to do!

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writer:  That is my point, Eliakim. Jesus’ work is different. He has obtained a more excellent ministry than our priests, and the New Covenant which He brings is much greater than the Old… because it is based on better promises.

Eliakim, in the Heavenly Tabernacle there are places to sit. And Jesus, our High Priest, at the right hand of the throne of His Father… SAT DOWN!

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The Perfect Priest and Sacrifice [Hebrews 7:26-28]

July 4, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 07/04/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 7:26-28

Description:

SBC Host: What type of priest and sacrifice does God require to save men?

Avg Guy: Bulls and goats, right??

SBC Host: It is true that some have thought that the sacrificial shadows of bulls and goats sufficed; but that doesn’t take into consideration that the sacrifices themselves were offered by priests who were just as in need of a savior, as the people they represented.

Avg Guy: Good point! …Then I know, the answer must be Christ!

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us that to say Christ is a fitting high priest or was a fitting sacrifice is to say that Jesus perfectly fit God’s requirement, as well as man’s need.

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The Levitical Priesthood could never do that.

But Christ’s perfect priesthood is able to perfect imperfect people and make them fit for heaven.

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Christ: The Surety of a Better Covenant [Hebrews 7:20-25]

June 27, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 06/27/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 7:20-25

Description:

SBC Host: Assurance of salvation — all Christians struggle with it…

Avg Guy: You’re telling me.

SBC Host: And yet, we understand that Jesus is able to save.

Avg Guy: Exactly!

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews to show us that God understands and has given us a guarantee, or a surety, to secure our future — and it is Jesus Christ.

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Jesus, Himself, is the assurance of our eternal salvation.

We may try to obtain assurance through other means… but such as it is with the Gospel of Grace: all of God’s blessings, including assurance, come to us in Christ.

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Priesthood of an Indestructible Life [Hebrews 7:11-19]

June 13, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 06/13/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 7:11-19

Description:

SBC Host: “Weak and useless”… God’s description of the Levitical Priesthood.

The Levitical Priesthood had problems.

Avg Guy: Wait a minute! What was wrong?? Why couldn’t something be done to fix it?

SBC Host: There was. And He did.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews in which we see why a priesthood, that had once been ordained by God, was now needing to be replaced.

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But then it all makes sense when viewed against the backdrop of the Gospel, where we see on display man’s great need and the perfect work of Christ.

Avg Guy: Ohhh.

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Greater than Abraham [Hebrews 7:4-10]

June 6, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 06/06/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 7:4-10

Description: When it comes to Hebrew history and identity, how could anyone be greater than Abraham?

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us how the author begins his argument for the superiority of Christ by showing us the superiority of Melchizedek over Abraham.

And in his argument lies the very representative principle of not only covenant headship but redemption as well.

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According to the Order of Melchizedek [Hebrews 7:1-3]

May 30, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/30/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 7:1-3

Description: Melchizedek.

We know so little about him, and yet, he and his legacy loom so large.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and attempts to shed some light on this most mysterious character in the Bible.

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And the mystery, in part, is not what we DON’T know about him… but what we DO: For he was “made like the Son of God” and is without a father and mother.

Descriptions like these leave us, at best, scratching our heads — and, at worst, dangerously trying to connect the dots… leading us to false conclusions and confusion.

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Our Anchor within the Veil [Hebrews 6:13-20]

May 23, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/23/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 6:13-20

Description: The high priest of the Old Testament could only enter the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement. And while representing others, he could bring no others with him, nor prepare the way for others to follow, nor could even stay himself… for on any other day, his entrance would mean his death.

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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 Christ’s High Priesthood is different. Not only has He entered the true Holy of Holies — the very throne room of heaven — He goes as a forerunner to prepare others to follow… all the while, guaranteeing their future entrance to where He is seated and reigns.

Christ, in this way, is an anchor to our souls — our great and secure hope, and our forerunner Who has set the course that we should follow.

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God’s Promise and Oath [Hebrews 6:13-16]

May 16, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/16/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 6:13-16; Genesis 12:1-3; 15; 22

Description:

Courtroom Vignette

Bailiff: Do You solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help You… YOU???

God: I DO

…It wasn’t quite like that.

But it was a promise, and it was sealed with an oath.

It’s something God gave Abraham… and it’s a fact that the author of Hebrews ties into his teaching.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that in order for us to understand what the author is teaching in the New Testament, we must first understand the reference to which he teaches from the Old Testament.

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Things that Accompany Salvation [Hebrews 6:9-12]

May 9, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/09/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 6:9-12

Description:

“But, beloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that accompany salvation….”

— Hebrews 6:9

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us that amid the stern warning that the author of Hebrews has been giving to his readers, in our passage today, he points to a promise…a promise from God.

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But what are the these “better things” that accompany salvation???

And how do they assure us of God’s good works and faithfulness in our lives — and ultimately provide us with, what the author describes as, “full assurance of hope until the end”?

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The Peril of Apostasy [Hebrews 6:4-8]

May 2, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/02/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 6:4-8

Description:

Avg Guy: Can a Christian lose their salvation???

SBC Host: Some say yes, and they use Hebrews 6 to prove their point.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us how it’s not hard to take this position.

After all, when you read the passage, it seems to describe someone who was a true Christian.

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Avg Guy: Exactly! It says that they were “once enlightened,” had “tasted of the heavenly gift,” “were made partakers of the Holy Spirit,” “had tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come.” So what gives?

SBC Host: Context.

Avg Guy: Huh??

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From Milk to Meat [Hebrews 6:1-3]

April 25, 2021

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Date: 04/25/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 6:1-3

Description: From milk to meat…

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that in order for believers to mature, they need to have a firm foundation on the elementary truths of the faith.

Like the sure foundation of a building, the foundations of Christian truth serve to support growth in holiness and the knowledge of God.

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Growing Older and Growing Up [Hebrews 5:11-14]

March 28, 2021

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 03/28/2021, Palm Sunday

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 5:11-14

Description: If our physical bodies matched the maturity of our spiritual states, would church look more like a senior center or a day care?

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and make the argument that while we can all appreciate those who are mature beyond their years, there is nothing more pathetic than one who grows older… but never grows up.

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Jesus: The Source of Salvation [Hebrews 5:5-10]

March 14, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 03/14/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 5:5-10

Description:

Avg Guy: Okay… I just read Hebrews chapter 5, versus 5-10, and I have questions.

SBC Host: Let’s hear them.

Avg Guy: All right…

    1. If Jesus is God and knows all things then how can He learn obedience?
    2. What does God require by which men can be saved and have fellowship with Him?
    3. If Jesus is God and perfect, how can He be made perfect?
    4. And… What qualifies Jesus to be our Savior, anyway?

SBC Host: These are daunting questions, to be sure.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and reminds us that questions like these can leave our minds reeling if we have not acquired the theological framework to think through them.

How we answer these questions will say much about our understanding of Christ – the only Savior.

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Our Great High Priest [Hebrews 5:1-6]

February 28, 2021

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Date: 02/28/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 5:1-6

Description: What does it mean that Christ is our Great High Priest? And how is His priesthood different from the priesthood of, say, Aaron?

These and other questions must be answered in order for believers to have assurance of their acceptance before God.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and reminds us that our assurance begins and ends in the person and work of Jesus Christ…

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…And that His priesthood means that His completed work is being applied by our great Mediator and Savior resulting in our perseverance despite our weakness.

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Draw Near to the Throne of Grace [Hebrews 4:14-16]

February 21, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 02/21/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 4:14-16

Description: We know that Jesus was tempted as we are tempted… and yet, He was without sin.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and points out that Jesus’s temptation, and corresponding sinlessness, is supposedly mentioned in the book to help us draw near to Him, for He sympathizes.

The problem is that Jesus’ sinlessness makes us think Him unapproachable.

The question before us is…what are we missing???

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Word of Promise or Word of Judgment [Hebrews 4:12-13]

February 7, 2021

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 02/07/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 4:12-13

Description: God’s word reflects God’s nature.  And because He is living and active, His word must also be.

…It is purposeful.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows that not only does God’s word reveal God to us, but it reveals us… the innermost secrets of our hearts — exposed.

Ultimately, for each one of us, God’s word will either be a word of PROMISE or a word of JUDGEMENT.

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Christ Our Sabbath Rest [Hebrews 4:1-11]

January 31, 2021

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Date: 01/31/2021

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 4:1-11

Description: Their wandering the desert floor for forty years not only provides us with a great WARNING, but a great PROMISE: the promise of rest.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our study in the book of Hebrews and reminds us that even Joshua and Caleb — the two faithful spies of the Wilderness Generation who were able to enter Canaan — did not receive this “promised rest.”

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For it would be the “Greater Joshua,” Jesus the Son of God, Who would be the Champion for His people and complete His work to enter into His rest; and we, if we are partakers of Him, of Christ — having received the Good News — enter, in faith, into this rest that only He alone deserves.

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The Sermon to the Hebrews: “a first century podcast” [Hebrews 1:1 — 13:25]

January 24, 2021

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Date: 01/24/2021

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 1-13

Description: If podcasting is roughly defined as “time-shifted media,” and modern scholars believe that the book of Hebrews was actually a sermon instead of a text… then one could argue that the Bible’s “delivery” of the book of Hebrews is one of the earliest podcasts!! [spoof “Epistle Podcast”]

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, brother in Christ Josh Peglow answers the last minute call to stand behind the pulpit as Pastor Monty nurses a disabling case of lumbago and shares with us that the public reading of an entire text in this way was how it was done in the earliest days of the church.

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Actually, all the New Testament epistles were meant to be read aloud to the congregation and then passed on to neighboring churches… a practice that promoted a unity of understanding in that together everyone could receive the message, The Word of God.

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