Better: A New and Living Way

Pete Briscoe

Following rules is something many believers do. How often do we trade in the complete and perfect gift of Jesus for a list of “things” that we’ve been convinced we need to perfectly execute? And how often do we limit Jesus in our lives because we fail to have a complete and full understanding of Him? Why would anyone want to live this way? 

The author of the book of Hebrews had a specific reason for writing his audience—to build the case that Jesus is better than the religion they were used to. He saw first-hand how these believers were reverting back to living life in bondage and adhering to religious rules.

Pete Briscoe’s Better: A New and Living Way will leave you overwhelmed with the supremacy of Christ and the freedom waiting for us through Him. Pete skillfully shows how the “new and living way” of Life in Jesus is better than the old and obsolete way of living by the law.

For new and mature believers alike there are delicious and satisfying truths in this series, which, if allowed to take hold of our hearts, will bring us and our communities real Life.

For further study, see Pete's A Better Life Devotional book.


Messages From This Series:

  1. 1. Jesus Is Better

    Pete Briscoe

    Are you unmovable in your faith? You can be when you know truth. And that’s what we have in Jesus. A dazzling truth that He is better than living by law, works, service, and good deeds. A truth that has the ability to transform us from the inside out and of which nothing else compares. 

    Do you know Jesus this way? In this message, Pete Briscoe encourages you to keep your eyes squarely on Jesus.

    Scripture:  Hebrews 1:1 - 1:4

  2. 2. Jesus’ High Rank

    Pete Briscoe

    There are many caricatures of Jesus—some see Him simply as an effective teacher, compassionate advocate, or revolutionary leader. However, He is more than all of these things, and if we fail to recognize His full identity, our faith is incomplete. Do you have a complete understanding of Jesus?

    In this message, Pete Briscoe reviews the full and resplendent descriptions of Jesus to help us achieve a complete understanding of who He is.

    Scripture:  Hebrews 1:5 - 1:14

  3. 3. Freedom for Rule-Followers

    Pete Briscoe

    If Jesus is better than angels, and angels brought the Old Testament law to Moses, than Jesus is better than the law, right? It makes sense and we nod in agreement, but how many of us still find ourselves living under the law? Trying so hard to please God by following rules. 

    In this message, Pete Briscoe shares the Scripture warning that our salvation might be drifting from us without our realization. He challenges us to move from being church-goers to Christ-knowers.

    Scripture:  Hebrews 2:1 - 2:4

  4. 5. Was Jesus Afraid to Die?

    Pete Briscoe

    What was Jesus thinking about as He died on the cross? Was He tempted to fear death? Hebrews gives us a clue in referencing Psalm 22 with the opening words, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 

    Jesus is the one person in all of history who has gone through death, overcame death, and is able to speak to us about it. In this message, Pete Briscoe dives deep into the topic of fear and death.

    Scripture:  Hebrews 2:10 - 2:18

  5. 6. Free Access to Jesus

    Pete Briscoe

    The author of Hebrews addresses a struggle for early Jewish believers. They had difficulty focusing their eyes on Jesus because they couldn’t see past their hero, Moses. It’s understandable. They knew that Moses had the privilege of meeting with God face-to-face in the temple. 

    In this message, Pete Briscoe points us beyond the temple as the meeting place with God to the indwelling Christ, where we have the privilege of meeting with Him anywhere and anytime. 

    Scripture:  Hebrews 3:1 - 3:6

  6. 7. A Warning to the Religious

    Pete Briscoe

    Are you dabbling around the edge of belief in Jesus, you hear His voice but are unwilling to surrender completely to Life in Him? The longer you live in this in-between state, the more difficult it becomes to turn to Jesus and worship Him completely as Lord and Savior. 

    In this message, Pete Briscoe shares a warning for church-going nonbelievers who continue to live with hardened, religious hearts.

    Scripture:  Hebrews 3:7 - 3:19

  7. 8. The Promise of Rest

    Pete Briscoe

    Wouldn’t it be great if we could stay at rest even when conflict, stress, and trials push in on us? The Lord made a promise that we could enter His rest and that promise still stands today. Can you abandon your desire to strive in your own strength and find rest in His hands? 

    In this message, Pete Briscoe talks about the promise of rest available to all believers.

    Scripture:  Hebrews 4:1 - 4:11

  8. 9. Hiding Your Sin

    Pete Briscoe

    Do you exert time and energy to keep your sin hidden? You know it’s useless, because God already knows your sin, your failures, and your wicked thoughts. So what motivates you to try and hide from God? Could it be you struggle to live out your faith because you're trying to follow a set of rules? 

    In this message, Pete Briscoe unpacks Scripture regarding our appropriate response when tempted to sin, fallen into sin, or feel condemned by past sin.

    Scripture:  Hebrews 4:12 - 4:16

  9. 10. Saints Who Sin

    Pete Briscoe

    How could a perfect God possibly empathize with a sinful person? If you believe your sin is too much for Jesus to forgive, that He is angry at you and separates Himself from you every time you mess up, then you don’t know Him. 

    How will Jesus receive you when we have erred, and how should you receive others who sin? In this message, Pete Briscoe details why it’s possible for you to stop hiding from Jesus and instead approach Him with confidence and boldness.

    Scripture:  Hebrews 5:1 - 5:10

  10. 12. Standing on the Edge of Faith

    Pete Briscoe

    Is it possible to attend church, experience Christianity, and yet remain spiritually dead? And if it is, what might the consequences be for resisting the transforming power of Jesus Christ in you? If you’re standing on the edge of faith in Christ, what’s keeping you from jumping in to life with Him? 

    In this message, Pete Briscoe unpacks one of the most debated passages of Scripture, Paul’s warning to non-believers in the Church.

    Scripture:  Hebrews 6:4 - 6:12

  11. 13. Can I Lose My Salvation?

    Pete Briscoe

    Have you ever witnessed someone who seemed solid in his faith turn and walk away from it? Such an action can leave you nervously wondering, “If he wasn’t saved, how do I know I am? How do I know my salvation is secure?”

    Pete Briscoe points to Hebrews 6:13-20 to give you the answer as to why you can, and should, have full assurance of your salvation. 

    Scripture:  Hebrews 6:13 - 6:20

  12. 14. The Law Isn’t So Great

    Pete Briscoe

    The apostle Paul loves to play the “greater than game” in the book of Hebrews, and he does it skillfully. It’s a wonderful way to argue, because once he’s established that something is greater, then everything downstream from that thing is greater as well!

    In this message, Pete Briscoe talks about how Paul uses the “greater than” approach to successfully tackle an equation that is of utmost importance to every believer. The equation of Law versus Jesus.

    Scripture:  Hebrews 6:19 - 7:10

  13. 15. Is God Really Committed to Me?

    Pete Briscoe

    Have you ever been gripped by fear and wondered if God could ever change His mind about you? In our world, people change their minds all the time, and the consequences are often catastrophic—abandoned marriages, broken hearts, and destroyed finances. So, what if God changed His mind and broke His promise about Jesus being the only way to the Father? 

    In this message, Pete Briscoe takes a detailed look at the ultimate promise of God woven through His Word in the Bible. 

    Scripture:  Hebrews 7:11 - 7:28

  14. 16. Intimately Loved and Indisputably Forgiven

    Pete Briscoe

    Have you ever wondered why God made a new covenant? It’s hard to imagine there was something wrong with the first covenant, because He made it. But in Jeremiah, we read that God found fault with the people. Despite His tender love for them, the people were incapable of living obediently to the law. 

    In this message, Pete Briscoe shows how the age of law has passed and the age of the Son is here to stay. And with the new covenant, Jesus promises that through Him we are never led astray, we are intimately loved, and we are indisputably forgiven. 

    Scripture:  Hebrews 8:1 - 8:13 , Jeremiah 31:31 - 31:34

  15. 17. Freedom from Guilt and Shame

    Pete Briscoe

    Is there sin in your past that keeps you from being intimate with God? You know you’re forgiven, but your little inner judge keeps bringing your sin to mind. Yes, God hard-wired you with a conscience, but not so you would be forever tormented by your sin. 

    In this message, Pete Briscoe talks about finding freedom from the guilt, shame, and embarrassment that comes from sin. 

    Scripture:  Hebrews 9:1 - 9:14

  16. 18. Where Forgiveness Is Found

    Pete Briscoe

    Do you think that God’s forgiveness is a matter of apologizing to Him for your sins? Or do you recognize that the blood of Jesus is what washes your sin away? Do you understand the important difference?

    In this message, Pete Briscoe compares the “apology economy” with the “blood economy” and focuses on where forgiveness is found.

    Scripture:  Hebrews 9:15 - 9:28

  17. 19. Indestructible Forgiveness

    Pete Briscoe

    Do you believe it’s possible to wake up every morning feeling fully forgiven and adequate to be in the presence of God? Does the idea of such freedom bring sheer joy to your heart? 

    In this message, Pete Briscoe talks about indestructible forgiveness through Jesus and the clear scriptural teaching that every act of our unrighteousness has been consumed by one righteous act on the cross—once and for all. 

    Scripture:  Hebrews 10:1 - 10:18

  18. 20. Stop Living Like an Old Covenant Jew

    Pete Briscoe

    Old Testament Jews strived to obtain three things—holiness, forgiveness, and access to God. Do you live your Christian life trying to acquire these things, not realizing that through Christ you already possess all of this and more? 

    In this message, Pete Briscoe explains what we forfeit when we live like Old Covenant Jews rather than New Covenant believers.

    Scripture:  Hebrews 10:19 - 10:25

  19. 21. Who Will Be Judged?

    Pete Briscoe

    Love wins, but only when you choose to receive it. In this message, Pete Briscoe highlights a controversial section in Scripture, Hebrews 10:26-39, that provides a warning for those who deliberately keep on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth. “No sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.”

    It’s a strong warning for those who’ve turned their back on Christ.

    Scripture:  Hebrews 10:26 - 10:39

  20. 24. Getting Your Second Wind

    Pete Briscoe

    Does your Christian life feel like you’re running an uphill cross-country race? We are called to “run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” But how do we continue the race without growing weary and losing heart? 

    In this message, Pete Briscoe challenges us to deal with hindrances to our faith so that we not only finish the race, but we enjoy it, too. 

    Scripture:  Hebrews 12:1 - 12:3

  21. 25. Is There a Purpose for My Pain?

    Pete Briscoe

    When bad things happen in your life, do you think it’s because God doesn’t love you, or that He’s punishing you because of your sin? 

    In this message, Pete Briscoe talks about the true message of Hebrews 12 regarding the purpose for pain in our lives. You might be surprised how God can make all things work together for good.

    Scripture:  Hebrews 12:4 - 12:13

  22. 27. Redefining Marriage

    Pete Briscoe

    Many Christians struggle with the challenge of being full of both truth and grace when it comes to increasingly sensitive topics arising in our “anything goes” society. 

    In this message, Pete Briscoe explores five directives from Hebrews 13:1-8 that believers can use as a roadmap when confronted with difficult issues like same-sex marriage, cohabitation, and divorce.

    Scripture:  Hebrews 13:1 - 13:8

  23. 28. Life Is Better Outside the Camp

    Pete Briscoe

    Quite often those who stand with Jesus don’t register high on the popularity meter. But we know that what this world offers us can never compare to all that we’ve been promised in eternity.

    In this message, Pete Briscoe reads the moving baptism testimony of his daughter who shares how she’d rather be in the out crowd with Jesus than the in crowd without Him. It’s an inspiring message that encourages us to value our chosen place outside the mainstream camp. 

    Scripture:  Hebrews 13:9 - 13:14

  24. 29. Thriving in an Unholy Culture

    Pete Briscoe

    Yes, the world is changing and it will continue to change, often in directions that are counter to Christian beliefs. But don’t overlook how in the midst of change the church can stand out all the more as a vibrant and beautiful place of love, truth, and grace. 

    In this message, Pete dissects Hebrews 13 to show us what the church looks like in exile and how to remain steadfast and stand confidently in Christ, no matter the circumstance.

    Scripture:  Hebrews 13

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