The Wonderful Counsellor

Sermon from CCM Gorton


 This sermon was preached by Lizzie Bassford at the CCM Gorton site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 3rd October 2021.



This sermon was based on Hebres 4:14-5:7 

Jesus the Great High Priest

14Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 5

1For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. 3Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people. 4And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.

5So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him,

“You are my Son,
today I have begotten you”;

6as he says also in another place,

“You are a priest forever,
after the order of Melchizedek.”

7In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.




Coping Mechanisms

  • We can face suffering on our own, or we can face suffering with Jesus.
  • Following Jesus can be really hard.
  • We may not face persecution, but we all face difficult times that challenge our faith.
  • 1) Confidently run to God. 2) Hold on tight to our faith.

Confidently Run to God

  • Jesus – rather than being flawed was perfect.
  • When Jesus died on the cross, the perfect sacrifice he made, meant that all our sin is 100% forgiven.
  • God looks at us and see’s the perfection of Jesus.
  • We have permanent access to God. In our time of need and even when we don’t think we need it, we can run to God.
  • Jesus is where we will find true life and acceptance and love.

Jesus Took our Punishment

  •  No one understands our struggle better than Jesus.
  • We can Pray, fill our hearts with truth, notice when to withdraw from temptation and learn to repent quickly.
  • We can are miss out hugely on the grace and mercy that walking closely with Jesus offers.
  • Wait on God. 




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