To move from relationship to ritual is not a step forward. The author of Hebrews was writing to people who were charmed by tradition and ceremony - just like many church people today. And no wonder we like barriers and intermediaries: open fellowship with God can be a frightening prospect. But the old formalism was far inferior to the "new way." Yesterday Jim began to summarize the difficult truths contained in Hebrews, chapter 7. Here's the second half of his sermon, Meet Mysterious Melchizedek.
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