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We’re going to start something new called “Brown Bag Q&A.” We will do these periodically (about once a month). They are totally optional. The idea is to create space after our Sunday Services during lunch where people can ask a pastor any questions they might have. We will start with that day’s sermon to allow for immediate interaction and dialogue. Then we’ll open it up to questions or comments from previous sermons. And finally any question on anything! We’ll do it over lunch between 12:30 and 1:00 PM.

Our first “Brown Bag Q&A” will be this Sunday. The sermon text will be Romans 1:26-28 and the topic is – “Homosexuality.” Make a PB&J in the morning or run over to JJ Fish & Chicken real quick and come back ready to ask your burning questions.

Just a reminder to make sure August 18-20 is on your calendar for the annual Immanuel Summer Retreat!

This year we will again be in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, but at a different site. It should be nice.

And our special guest speaker will be Paul Alexander, co-author of The Deliberate Church and a pastor in the Chicago suburbs

One person has asked if I could send an outline of my sermon ahead of time in order to help follow along on Sunday mornings. We’ve been testing this out for a few months. I compress my sermon into a one-page outline on Sunday morning and email it so it can be pulled up on a phone during the sermon. This person has found it helpful and we thought we’d open that up to anyone else who might want to get those emails. Below is an example from last week’s sermon. If you want in, just email ncarter at immanuel dash baptist dot net.

The New Covenant

Hebrews 8:1-13 | December 8, 2013

Introduction

Sermon = explanation and application of biblical content to a particular church

Hebrews = sermon; since the end of ch. 4 this sermon has been about Jesus as the great high priest

vv. 1-5 = recapping this

vv. 6-13 = just this: Jesus offers the superior covenant to live in.

Let’s pray…

Overview of Covenants

Covenant = the terms of a relationship.

Adamic Covenant => ‘Covenants of Promise’ – Noahic Covenant, Abrahamic Covenant, Mosaic Covenant, Davidic Covenant…

The New Covenant

New as opposed to Old (Mosaic)

Prophesied in Jeremiah 31:31-34, quoted in Hebrews 8:8-12.

NT says Jesus instituted New Covenant (Lk. 22:20, 1Cor. 11:25, 2 Corinthians 3:6)

THE NEW COVENANT IS NEW AND BETTER BECAUSE IT’S UNBREAKABLE, INTERNAL, EXPERIENTIAL, AND ULTIMATELY DEALS WITH SIN REMOVAL.

New and Better

v. 13 – new, v. 6 – better

vv. 8b-9a – not like the old one

Unbreakable

Old Covenant = v. 9 – “because they did not remain faithful.” New Covenant = no conditions, all of grace!

Internal

v. 10 – “I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts.” No room for nominalism.

Experiential

v. 11 – “No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.”

Sin Removal

v. 12 – “For [because; the ground of all that’s been said is this:] I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Well may the accuser roar, / of sins that I have done; / I know them all and thousands more, / Jehovah knoweth none!

Conclusion

Are you in the New Covenant?

The Lord’s Table

Compare Exodus 24:3-8 to Luke 22:14-20!

Benediction

From the sermon yesterday:

I want to challenge us all to an experiment this week. Start every day off first with some way of remembering the gospel, or as Richard Sibbes said, “warm[ing] ourselves at this fire of his love and mercy in giving himself for us.” Meditate for a few minutes on the complete and total love God has for you in Christ. And then spend a few moments praying that he would fill you with love that day. Pray through your planner about all the appointments or to dos you will have. Pray for sensitivity to see the people he’s bringing before you to love and then pray for the strength to love them. And let’s just see what happens…

From @immanuelchicago on Twitter

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