GCAZ Blog

Welcome to the blog! This is our latest step in fulfilling our desire to communicate better. Our Elders want to be able to post here about issues of the day and about developments in the church, and gradually build up a useful resource for people to come back to over time. Email and text messages definitely have a place, but important notes get lost very easily in the ocean of other items in our inboxes! So this should become a great place to look for that post we made on a significant topic, or that update on one of our ministries! Over time, there will be opportunity to interact with us here by leaving comments. These should all be edifying in nature, and to that end, they will be moderated prior to posting.  Enjoy!

Jesus – Don’t Trample Him Underfoot!

The author’s drumbeat continues loud and clear in our passage this week: “Don’t turn back, don’t turn back, don’t turn back – don’t throw it all away! No! Persevere, persevere, persevere!” We must not be like that person Jesus spoke with in Luke 9, who was in danger of being unfit for heaven:  Luke 9:61–62 Yet another said, “I will follow you,…

Jesus – Don’t Stop at Just Knowing About Him!

The writer pauses to urge his readers not just to admire all this “solid food” (Hebrews 5:14) that he has been sending them in this letter. They need to eat it! Food that is just smelled and admired with our eyes (like the meal in the picture above), and that we poke around on the plate with a fork, does us no…

Jesus – The Better Reality Foreshadowed in the Law!

What is real and what isn’t? Perhaps we think we know the answer to this question but when we come to Christ everything changes. We realize that the things we once thought of as real are in fact illusory and fleeting at best. It is the unseen things of the spiritual realm that are in fact the true and lasting realities, and…

Jesus – His Blood is Better!

The message is relentless in this letter, but that is how God wanted it to be because we are dull and deaf and blind, and slow of heart to believe. What is the message? – that in every conceivable way, Jesus is better than all who came before and than every arrangement that existed before between God and man. It is the…

Jesus – Only He Can Make Your Conscience Clean!

The writer to the Hebrews really wants to impress on us that Jesus is better in every way than anything that came before. In this section, he continues to show that the Covenant mediated by Jesus is far superior to the Old Covenant, which it renders obsolete as a means by which we may draw near to God! LOOKING BACK (Hebrews 7:26-8:13)…

Jesus – A Much More Excellent Ministry!

Everything about Jesus, the offices He holds, the sacrifice He offers, the ministry He performs, the hope He introduces and the covenant He mediates is much, much better than anything that came before – even under the Old Covenant with Moses and the Levitical priesthood. We’re going to see more evidence of this as we look in detail at the terms and…

How Good Is Good Enough for God?

We are learning through the letter to the Hebrews and especially as we look into chapter 7 that healing and hope for us come through nearness with God Himself. And Jesus is the only way to draw near to God.  LOOKING BACK (Hebrews 7:1-10) We familiarized ourselves with the character, Melchizedek, asking and answering 3 questions about him: 1. Who was Melchizedek?…

Jesus – Like Melchizedek, but Even Better!

Get ready to have your minds blown, as the reader will take us into deep and glorious truths that he feared the immaturity of his readers would prevent them from understanding and appropriating to themselves! This is amazing stuff, and all the time we spend in meditation and reflection on it will be repaid abundantly in blessing from God! LOOKING BACK (Hebrews…

The Anchor For Our Souls!

Still shuddering from the warning that it is possible so to fall away from God that He won’t grant repentance, the readers of the letter must have been thrilled by the words of comfort and hope that the writer provides in the passage we will look at next Sunday. First, though, so that the brilliance of this hope may shine as brightly…

The Anchor For Our Souls!

Still shuddering from the warning that it is possible so to fall away from God that He won’t grant repentance, the readers of the letter must have been thrilled by the words of comfort and hope that the writer provides in the passage we will look at next Sunday. First, though, so that the brilliance of this hope may shine as brightly…
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