Coastline Bible Church just started a brand new sermon series called: "Greater." For the next several months we are going to look through the book of Hebrews together. The book of Hebrews was written to a Jewish audience living in the first century. They are likely experiencing persecution and thinking about abandoning their faith. The author teaches us how Jesus is greater than: the prophets, angels, Moses, Abraham, the Law, the old covenant, and the high priest. We learn that Jesus is greater than anything that has preceded Him. For this series I volunteered to write the small group questions that go along with each sermon. It seemed like a waste to leave them in a file on my computer and not share them with everyone.
Small Group Questions | Our Mediator | Hebrews 9:11-28
In Hebrews 9 the author continues to use the example of the original tabernacle to teach us about the ministry of Jesus. Immediately we learn that the ministry of Jesus is heavenly. The author takes careful detail to teach us that Jesus is ministering in a heavenly temple. As he continues we learn that the ministry of Jesus is effective against sin. The old sacrifices could only cover sin, not cleanse our sin. Jesus blood had to be shed for the new covenant to be put in place which means it was a costly sacrifice. Because Jesus died we can be assured of that His ministry is final and complete. There is forgiveness of sin and an eternal hope to look forward to. Study these questions and look for these different themes in the text.
1) In the intro to the sermon we learned about George Muller who was known as a man of faith. He ministered to orphans in England and served as a mediator for them. Share about a time when you helped someone out. How did that person respond?
2) Read Hebrews 9:11-13. The author teaches us how the blood in the Old Testament was only able to cover sin (Leviticus 17:11) and not cleanse sin (John 1:29). Share how you have confidence that your sins are cleansed in Jesus name.
3) We learned that Jesus lived an unblemished, sinless, life (Hebrews 9:14). Read Isaiah 53:9, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Hebrews 4:15, and 1 John 3:5. What do these verses teach us about the Holiness of Jesus?
4) One role that Jesus fulfilled was as the mediator of the new covenant (Hebrews 9:15). The role of a mediator is to help two people in conflict find agreement. Who acted as a mediator between you and God when you trusted Jesus?
5) Read Hebrews 9:16-22. God requires the shedding of blood for the forgiveness of sins. Neal taught us about accepting forgiveness from God. Do you have a hard time feeling like you’re forgiven? How can you live like a forgiven person?
6) Read Hebrews 9:23-28. Jesus came to do away with sin. The Bible teaches us that God forgives our sins (read Isaiah Isaiah 43:25, Jeremiah 31:34, and Colossians 2:13-14). How do these verses encourage you to boldly live for God?
7) Jesus’ final appearance will be His return to earth to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him. Read Luke 24:50-52, Acts 1:1-10, and Revelation 19:11-21. What do these passages teach us about the return of Jesus?
Close your time in prayer. Pray for strength to invite a friend to meet Jesus.