The third in a short series of sermons during August dealing with some of the things that the Bible designates as “PURE”.
How can sinners approach a Holy God?
- In the Old Testament days, it was not possible for people to approach God directly. They had to do so through a priest and he had to offer a sacrifice for their sins.
- Today we are free to approach God in our prayers – indeed He is delighted when His people talk to Him. We need to remember that God is a holy, perfect, omnipotent God, and so is worthy of awe and respect. His holiness makes us aware of our own sinfulness. Isaiah 6:5.
- We can only approach a Holy God because Jesus has died for our sins on the cross, making us, in God’s sight, pure and blameless. Hebrews 9:22 & 10:19; 1 John 1:7. This opens the way to God. Hebrews 10:20.
- As the Great High Priest, Jesus approaches God on our behalf. Hebrews 7:25.
- Through Jesus we can approach God, but we must do so with the right attitude.
(a) We must draw near to God – He will not force Himself on us. Hebrews 10:22.
(b) We must approach sincerely and in full assurance of faith. Hebrews 10:22.
(c) We must be free of un-confessed sin and malice towards others. Hebrews 10:22;Isaiah9:2; Matthew 5:23/4.
(d) We must approach God in faith, believing. Hebrews 10:23; Matthew 8:5-12.
Prayer is one of the greatest privileges that we have as Christians – let us not neglect it.
Theme: Pure water
Reading: Hebrews 10 v 22
Preacher: Alan Cole
Led by: Fay Graham