Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on November 4, 2018
Passage: Hebrews 6:20-7:28
This Sunday, Steve continued our series in Hebrews by pointing us to Jesus, our Great High Priest, as the only who can help us draw near to God and gain permanent access into His presence.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
1. Have you ever been a member of an exclusive club or organization? How did you gain access?
2. How do you think most unchurched people in our culture think they gain access to God?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In Hebrews 7:23-24, the writer points out that the Levitical priests weren’t able to serve indefinitely because each one died and had to be succeeded in order for the priesthood to continue. This reminded his Jewish readers of the limitations of the Old Covenant. Read in the passage below how God gave Israel a vivid illustration of this point with Aaron, the first high priest and his son and successor, Eleazar.
Numbers 20:23-29 (ESV)
23 And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron at Mount Hor, on the border of the land of Edom, 24 “Let Aaron be gathered to his people, for he shall not enter the land that I have given to the people of Israel, because you rebelled against my command at the waters of Meribah. 25 Take Aaron and Eleazar his son and bring them up to Mount Hor. 26 And strip Aaron of his garments and put them on Eleazar his son. And Aaron shall be gathered to his people and shall die there.” 27 Moses did as the LORD commanded. And they went up Mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation. 28 And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments and put them on Eleazar his son. And Aaron died there on the top of the mountain. Then Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain. 29 And when all the congregation saw that Aaron had perished, all the house of Israel wept for Aaron thirty days.
- How does this passage demonstrate the futility of religion to gain for us a lasting and permanent entry into the presence of God?
- Have you ever depended on religious ceremony, involvement, or works, apart from a personal faith in Christ, to make you right with God? Why is religion without a relationship with Christ futile?
2. In Hebrews 7:25, we see the power of Christ to save us described beautifully in this verse. Christians are often criticized for claiming that Jesus Christ is the only way to a permanent access to God. What do the following verses teach about this truth?
John 14:6 (ESV)
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Acts 4:12 (ESV)
12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
1 Timothy 2:5-6 (ESV)
5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
- Have you ever been criticized for being narrow minded as a Christian regarding Jesus being the only way to God?
- Have you ever struggled with this issue yourself? How did Paul address the issue of mankind’s station in life apart from faith in Christ in Romans 1:16-21?
3. In Hebrews 7:23-28, the author contrasts the Old Testament priests with the priesthood of Jesus? What are the differences that you see? Which characteristic of Jesus’ priesthood jumps out to you the most?
Hebrews 7:23-28 (ESV)
23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. 26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. 28 For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.
TAKE IT HOME
1. Looking back at this week’s teaching and study, is there one thing you’d especially like to remember this week?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?