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Hebrew sermon series from Emmaus Bible Church, Omaha, NE

Often times we read Hebrews 13:20-21 as the benediction at the conclusion of our service. We do this because it is such a powerful reminder of God’s faithfulness to his promises and his people. It encourages us to be faithful in light of how God has been–and continues to be so faithful to us. But, I wonder, have you taken time to really wring out the meaning of what we are saying? In particular, what do these words mean after the verses that precede it? This Sunday morning we will look at these verses and endeavor to better understand and then more faithfully live in light of God’s Word.

Here is the sermon information and Liturgy for Sunday, July 19.

Sermon Information
Title: Words to Live By
Text: Hebrews 13:20-22
Main Point: God means to encourage your faithfulness to him by demonstrating his faithfulness to you.
Words for Kids: God of Peace, Covenant, Equip
Outline: 3 Encouragements to persevere
(1) What God does is connected to who God is.
(2) God is faithful—even when it hurts.
(3) God’s glory and our good are not in opposition.

Call to Worship 
Psalm 111:1-3; 9-10
    I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart,
        in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
 Great are the works of the LORD,
Full of splendor and majesty is his work,
    He sent redemption to his people;
        he has commanded his covenant forever.
        Holy and awesome is his name!
    The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
        all those who practice it have a good understanding.
        His praise endures forever!
Congregational Song #1:  Praise to the Lord, The Almighty
Confession of Sin 
“Love never ends…Pursue love…” (1 Corinthians 13:8a; 14:1a)
Assurance of Pardon 
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Congregational Song #2:  Nothing But the Blood
Congregational Song #3:  It is Well with My Soul
Confession of Faith 
X. Humanity
We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image in holiness, righteousness, and dignity to bring God glory by reflecting Him in dominion over creation, in all relationships, and in every aspect of life (Genesis 1:26-28; Psalm 8:4-8; Ecclesiastes 7:29a; James 3:9).
Pastoral Prayer  
Worship through Giving
Congregational Song #4:  10,000 Reasons 
Title: “Words to Live By”
Text: Hebrews 13:20-21
Congregational Song #5: Behold Our God
    “Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
(Hebrews 13:20-21 ESV)