The Height of Faith – The Earthly Tent
Hebrews 9:1-10
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: The earthly tent provided limited access to God.

  • The “holy place” provided limited access to God.
  • The “most holy place” provided limited access to God.
  • The problems with limited access to God.

Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?

My Story: Most mobile devices have internet access. However, when internet access is “limited,” people get frustrated. How might this be descriptive of people in relationship to God?

Digging Deeper:

  1. The “holy place” provided limited access to God; it was for the priesthood to make preparations and engage in ritual duties. Under the Old Covenant, people only had access to this part of the tent through the priesthood. Discuss.
  2. The “most holy place” provided limited access to God. “Only” the high priest enters, and once a year on the basis of a sacrifice made for himself and the people. The way of sacrifice to relationship with God is well-established in the Bible. However, it is markedly different between the Old and the New Testaments. What are the differences?
  3. The passage mentions the time of reformation, which is summed up in the next passage (9:11-15) as the high priestly sacrifice of Christ replacing the old covenant. What do you know about the Protestant Reformation? How does this passage advance its message?

Taking it Home: Full and complete access to God comes through a faith-based relationship with Jesus Christ. If you have not, why don’t you pick up a “faith commitment” packet in the media center after the message? Discuss this with a Christian friend. Or, take a “Personal
Spiritual Journey” pamphlet and share it with a friend this week.


If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you, and we invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. Pastor Jeff will meet you at the Welcome Center. We also have a special gift for you at the Welcome Center when you turn in your Communication Card from the bulletin.


Join us for prayer in the Fireside Room from 10:15 – 10:40 AM. In the month of July, Carroll See will provide servant leadership to this important service. This is a special time to pray for our weekend services, the fulfillment of the Great Commission and the advance of the gospel. All
you need to do is show up with a heart for prayer!


On June 25, we voted to accept the Elder’s proposal from the Properties Ministry Team and it was unanimously passed. The motion was as follows: “The Elders move that we accept the recommendation of the Properties Ministry Team to replace the deteriorating wood siding of the church building with new low- maintenance stucco, fiber cement and stone siding materials. Additionally, that we authorize the Church Treasurer to secure a loan, not to exceed $250,000 to finance the project.” Work is scheduled to begin the week of July 24 and to be
completed by the end of August, weather permitting. Pastor Jeff has also written a blog post related to this upgrade, which is online at


Thank you to the many who sent cards, gave hugs and prayed with us as we mourned the loss of our son, Brad. Your many kind gestures are so appreciated even as we continue in the grieving process. God’s timing is perfect, even when we don’t understand it and His grace is sufficient.


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Faith Day is Sunday, August 6 at 1:10 PM. The Rockies play the Phillies, followed by a concert by the Newsboys. You can reserve your spot by leaving a check in the front office made out to Aspen Ridge Church for $18 per person, no later than Sunday, July 16. Our seats are located on
the third base side, upper deck, for optimal shade.


If you’re between the ages of 8 and 12 and have ever wanted to try learning guitar, this camp is for you! Camp this year will be from August 7-10, 9:00 – 10:30 AM. We’ll show you the basics and we’ll make it fun, not frustrating. We can even loan you a guitar, so there’s no need to invest in one before deciding if it’s for you. The cost is $40. Register by emailing [email protected]


On Saturday, August 12 at 11:30 AM, 2nd Half for Him will gather for great food and beloved hymns of the faith. Register by July 30 if you’d like to attend. You can mail $10 per person to Converge Rocky Mountain at 620 Southpark Drive in Littleton, CO, 80120, or get further information and register online at Due to this event, Aspen Ridge will not hold a hymn sing on Sunday, August 13.

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