"Broad Shoulders" (Hebrews 13:7-8, 17, 24), Pastor David Doster, July 15 2018

“Broad Shoulders”

I. Landscape of leadership (Introduction)

“And they remained no little time with the disciples.” Acts 14:28

“Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which He obtained with His own blood.” Acts 20:28

“Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” 1 Peter 5:2-4

Message: Find, trust and follow faithful shepherds in the local church you commit to.

  • Remember them

  • Obey them

  • Greet them

II. Follow good and godly leaders

A. Remember your leaders

B. Obey your leaders

“Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly.” 1 Peter 5:2

Why submit?

  1. Good leaders are committed to God’s best in your life.

  2. They will answer to God.

  3. To resist good leaders is unprofitable for you.

C. Greet your leader

III. Building broad shoulders (Application)

"Blue Jean Belief" (Hebrews 13:1-6), Pastor David Doster, July 8 2018

"Blue Jean Belief"

I. Withstanding the wear and tear                                                  (Introduction)

Message:Take your faith to the street. Put jeans of faith on men and women of God and go live it.

  • Put your love into action
  • Christian character counters cultural compromise
  • Taking it to the street

II.Love in action                                                                                (verses 1-3)

     A. Brotherly love

"Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor."                                                                                         Romans 12:10

"Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another..." I Thessalonians 4:9

"Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart..."       1 Peter 1:22

     B. Showing hospitality

          Philoxenia = friend of the stranger

     C. Remember the prisoners

"I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you."          Colossians 4:18

"May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains..." 2 Timothy 1:16

     D. Guard the sacredness of intimacy

     E. Find contentment in God's provision

"Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity."                                                                      Ephesians 4:17-19

III. Taking it to the street                                                                                        (Application)



"Law vs. Grace" (Hebrews 12:18-29), David Keyes, July 1 2018

"Law vs. Grace"

I. Mt. Sinai vs. Mt. Zion                                                                       (Introduction)

II. Consequences of choice                                                                (verses 25)

III. Shakable vs.  unshakeable                                                           (Application)

"High, Hard and Holy" (Hebrews 12:12-17), Pastor David Doster, June 24 2018

"High, Hard and Holy"

I. Gospel living right now                                                                      (Introduction)


Faith in Christ results in a high, hard and holy race:

  • High calling of Christ
  • Calls us to endure hardship and hostility
  • Resist the corrupting influence of the profane

II. High calling of Christ

III. Call to endure

  "Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.
 Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure.
 Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil." Proverbs 4:25-27

"A straight clear road is a blessing for those who are lame, no less in the spiritual sense than in the physical. The idea seems to be that the readers must accept the beneficial effects of any discipline they may at present be enduring and therefore pull themselves together and see to it that they make progress."                                        Donald Guthrie

IV. Choose holiness

V. So how will you run?                                                                           (Application)

"Discipline: Precious and Painful" Hebrews 12:4-11, Pastor David Doster, June 17 2018

"Discipline: Precious and Painful"

I. Advil, anesthesia and avoidance                                                 (Introduction)

Message: The discipline of the Lord, while it may be painful; it demonstrates His commitment to grow us up to maturity in Christ."

  • It is always purposeful
  • It will bear fruit
  • Embracing His discipline

II. Purposeful discipline                                                                 (verses 4-11)

     A. Remember as you resist

     B. Recognize who is at work and why

     C. Receive it from His heart

"If God is love, He is, by definition, something more than mere kindness. And it appears, from all records, that though He has often rebuked us and condemned us, He has never regarded us with contempt. He has paid us the intolerable compliment of loving us, in the deepest, most tragic, most inexorable sense."            C.S. Lewis

     D. Responding to God's best for us

     E. Reaping the fruit

III. Embracing His discipline

"But He knows the way that I take; when He has tried me, I shall come out as gold." Job 23:10


"Broad Shoulders" Hebrews 11:4-7, Pastor David Doster, June 3 2018

"Broad Shoulders"

I. Broad Shoulders                                                                   (Introduction)

Message: We stand on the broad shoulders of the living faith of those who call us to do the same:

  •      Abel's authentic heart of worship
  •      Enoch's faithful walk with God
  •      Noah's fierce witness to an unbelieving world

II. Examples of living faith                                                        (verses 4-7)

"Faith is confidence that results in action carried out in a variety of situations by ordinary people in response to the unseen God and His promises, with various earthly outcomes but always the ultimate outcome of God's commendation and reward."  G. Guthrie

     A. Authentic heart of worship

"We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother's righteous." I John 3:12

     B. Faithful walk

     C. Fierce witness

III. Without faith we cannot please God

“It is a great thing to die; and, when flesh and a heart fail, to have God for the strength of our hearts, and our portion forever. I know whom I have believed, and he is able to keep that which I have committed against that great day. Hence forth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the lord, the righteous judge, shall give me that day.” John Newton

"By Faith, The Life that Pleases God" Hebrews 11:1-3, Pastor David Doster, May 27 2018

"By Faith, The Life that Pleases God"

I. Living differently                                                                   (Introduction)

What is the theme of the book of Hebrews?

Why is it so important for the believers then and for us today?

What will it look like to live out these beliefs?

II. Now faith                                                                                (verses 1-3)

     A. Bold confidence

     "It is vital to know that faith is not just an action of your brain; its an investment of your life.  Faith is not just something you think; it's something you live." Paul Tripp

"For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end."                                Hebrews 3:14

     B. People of old

     C. Out of nothing

III. Living faith                                                                             (Application)

"Persevere in Confident Faith" Hebrews 10:26-39, Pastor David Doster, May 20 2018

"Persevere in Confident Faith"

I. Resolving to be resolute                                                          (Introduction)

II. Withering warning

III. Remember the past

IV. Encouragement to endure

V. Trusting all the way                                                                  (Application)

"Pressing Ahead with Confidence" Hebrews 10:19-25, Pastor David Doster, May 13 2018

"Pressing Ahead with Confidence"

I. Resisting the rush and crush of culture                                              (Introduction)

II. Building up our confidence

     A. Draw near

     B. Hold fast

     C. Encourage one another

III. Every reason to stay the course                                                        (Application)

"The Lasting Connection" Hebrews 8:1-6, Pastor David Doster, April 8 2018

"The Lasting Connection"

I. Connect with the right plan                                                    (Introduction)

II. Emphasizing the superiority of Christ                                   (verses 1-2)

     A. His moral integrity

     B. His completed work

     C. His highest exaltation

III. From a shadow to the substance                                            (verses 3-6)

     A. Purpose of a high priest

     B. Not on the earth

     C. Deeper reality

     D. More excellent ministry

IV. Solidifying your connection                                                    (Application)

"Christ's Sacrifice... A Final Reckoning" Hebrews 10:1-18, Pastor David Doster, May 6 2018

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"Christ's Sacrifice... A Final Reckoning"

I. From the shadows to substance                                           (Introduction)

II. Unable to complete us                                                          (verses 1-4)

     A. Only a temporary provision

     B. Repetitious reminder

III. God's provision, not man's                                                  (verses 5-10)

     A. Opened ears

     B. Shallow sacrifices

     C. Why go back?

IV. Settled issue                                                                         (verses 11-18)

     A. Completed

     B. Witness of the Holy Spirit

     C. Clean, clear and close

V. The gospel                                                                                (Application)

"The Future is History" Hebrews 9:11-15, Eric Fisher, April 29 2018

"The Future is History" Hebrews 9:11-15

I. Jesus appeared to take away our sins                                     (Introduction)


II. Jesus appears in the presence of His Father


III. Jesus will appear to completely save                                     (Application)

"Pulling Back the Veil" Hebrews 9:1-14, Pastor David Doster, April 22 2018

"Pulling Back the Veil"

I. Penetrating partitions                                                                (Introduction)

" And you shall hang the veil from the clasps, and bring the ark of the testimony in there within the veil. And the veil shall separate for you the Holy Place from the Most Holy." Exodus 26:33

II. Focus on the physical contents                                                  (verses 1-5)

     A. Earthly requirements

     B. Consider the furnishings

     C. Significance then and now

“I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you;
I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations..." Isaiah 42:6

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”     John 8:12

"Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world..."   Philippians 2:14-15

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst."      John 6:35

"Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!"                        Psalm 141:2

"He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world."                 1 John 2:2

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins." Romans 3:23-25

III. Priestly duties                                                                                           (verses 6-10)

     A. Only so far

     B. Limited to externals

IV. Only Christ can take us there                                                                   (verses 11-14)

     A. Not made with human hands

     B. Cleanse your conscience to serve the living God

V. Will we pass by or enter in?                                                                     (Application)

"I am Coming After Your Heart" Hebrews 8:7-13, Pastor David Doster, April 15 2018

"I am Coming After Your Heart" Hebrews 8:7-13

I. Surgery of the heart                                                                   (Introduction)

II. Promise of grace

     A. Missed the mark

     B. Authoritative voice

     C. Divine Initiative

III. Promise of internal change and forgiveness                            (verses 10-13)

     A. Changed at the core

     B. Close relationship

     C. Authentic knowledge

     D. Eternal provision of forgiveness and mercy

IV. Lord, perform Your surgery in my heart                                  (Application)


"Is Jesus Really Enough?" Hebrews 7:11-28... Eric Fisher...February 18 2018

"Is Jesus Really Enough?" 

I. A fly-over of Hebrews 1-7                                                      (Introduction)

II. A drive-by of Hebrews 7:11-28

III. Boots on the ground... Jesus' love is more than enough     (Application)

"Anchored Forever" (Hebrews 6:13-20), Pastor David Doster, February 11 2018

"Anchored Forever"

I. Reputation at stake                                                                   (Introduction)

II. Promise from God                                                                     (verses 13-15)

     A. Jewish roots revisited

     B. Ripple effect

III. Integrity of God                                                                       (verses 16-18)

     A. Intended purpose

     B. Origin of oath

IV. Hope in God                                                                             (verses 18b-20)

     A. Strong encouragement

     B. Anchor of the soul

     C. Living intimate and personal

V. True hope                                                                                  (Application)


"Warning, Encouragement to Persevere" (Hebrews 6:4-12), Pastor David Doster, January 28 2018

"Warning, Encouragement to Persevere" 

I. Controversy for the ages                                                                     (Introduction)

II. Withering word of warning                                                                 (verses 4-8)

     A. Discerning the dilemma

     B. Fruit reflects root

III. Confident affirmation                                                                         (verses 9-12)

     A. Positive reinforcement

     B. Proof positive

     C. Persevering proof

IV. What is our fruit revealing                                                                  (Application)