We Have an Altar!
Hebrews 13:9-16 (NIV)
9Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them. 10We have an altar from which those who minister at the tabernacle have no right to eat.
11The high priest carries the blood of animals into the Most Holy Place as a sin offering, but the bodies are burned outside the camp. 12And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. 13Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
15Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
II. Our Altar is a Place of Strength
a. Strength For Our Hearts
b. Strength From Grace
III. Our Altar is a Place of Sacrifice
a. The Loving Sacrifice of the Suffering Servant: The Cost
b. The Perfect Sacrifice of the Spotless Lamb: The Merit
IV. Our Altar is a Place of Salvation
a. Saved by the Blood
b. Saved from Sin
V. Our Altar is a Place of Separation
a. Separation from Other Altars
b. Separation to Christ
VI. Our Altar is a Place of Service
a. Our Service of Worship
b. Our Service for Others