In August of 2021 Coastline Bible Church started a brand new sermon series called: "Greater." For approximately five months we are going to study 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 | The Perfect Sacrifice | Hebrews 10:1-18
In Hebrews 10 the author carries on the theme that Jesus is greater than anyone or anything who came before Him. He does this by communicating to us how Jesus was the perfect sacrifice. In Hebrews 10:1-18 we are reminded that the law will never make us perfect. The author wants the people to understand that animal sacrifice is simply an annual reminder of our sin. He quickly moves to teaching us the power of doing God’s will. Jesus was obedient to the will of God. Through that obedience we find sanctification because of the work of Christ. As we move back into Hebrews in the New Year we jump right back into the realization that Jesus is our perfect sacrifice.
1) Blaze started out the sermon by sharing how he and his wife Rachel went to Hawaii to help connect with a Christian camp that she runs. What did you do over the last couple weeks to help deepen your faith?
2) Read Hebrews 10:1-4. The author teaches us that through the endless sacrifices and offerings required in the Old Testament we will never be made perfect. What have you tried to make you perfect that never worked?
3) Understanding the futility of the law, we can look to the holiness of Jesus (read Hebrews 10:5-10). You have been made holy through the obedience of Jesus. How do you plan on living that out this year?
4) A theological term for holiness is Sanctification. Sanctification is being set apart from the sinful and secular life to be used for the holy purposes of God. Talk about how you are set apart for God and not set aside.
5) We understand the topic of sanctification more in the early church. Read Ephesians 4:22-24, Colossians 3:9-11, and Romans 12:1-2. What of your old life have you taken off and what of the new life have you put on to be more like Jesus?
6) One of the best ways to live our sanctified life is to share the life change with others. Have you ever shared your faith story? If not, what is holding you back? If you have, share with the group how it went and where God worked.
7) Some ways to pursue a life of holiness are, but not limited to: reading your Bible on a regular basis, doing life in community, finding a place to serve, practicing Biblical giving, or praying for God to lead you. What one will you work on this month?
Close your time in prayer. Pray for strength to invite a friend to meet Jesus.