10.18.2020 Sermon Notes

"In With The New"

Week #8 – In With the New
Hebrews 8 – 10.18.2020

Pivoting Passage: Hebrews 8:6 “But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs (the O.T. Priests) as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.”


1. No one compares to Jesus as Priest! 8:1-6

2. Nothing compares to the Covenant of Jesus. 8:6-13


A Covenant is an Agreement typically made between two parties. Covenants are Conditional and Unconditional.


In the New Covenant, God Says, “I Promise” …
-To change your heart, not just your behavior. V. 10
“I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people.”


-That you can know me personally and directly, no matter your status. V. 11
“No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘know the Lord’, because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest.”


-To forgive you and remember your sins no more. V. 12
“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”

How was this New Covenant enacted?
Romans 8:3 “For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.”


1 Corinthians 11:25 “In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘this cup is the new covenant in my
blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’”

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Question #1 – Take 5-10 minutes and read about two other covenants of God: Abrahamic Covenant
(Genesis 15:9-21) and Mosaic Covenant (Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 11:26-28). Which was conditional and
which was unconditional? Would doing away with the “old covenant” (Mosaic) mean that the 10
commandments are not for today?


Question #2 – Read Hebrews 8:7-12. From this passage or others, what were the problems with the Old
Covenant or the people? How did God fix the problems through the New Covenant?


Question #3 – Reading Romans 8:3 & 1 Corinthians 11:25, when and how did the New Covenant get
enacted. How do we become a part of this New Promise of God?


Question #4 – Understanding the intention of the New Covenant (Hebrews 8:10-12), how would God expect
us to live? What should be different about us than about the people under the Old Covenant?

Birthmarks of Believers

1 John 5:1-3 – 9.27.2020

1 John 5:1-3 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome

Three Birthmarks of God’s Children:

1. The Mark of Belief v. 1

2. The Mark of Obedience. V. 2-3

3. The Mark of Love. V. 1-3
“Everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Question #1 – Of these three marks of believers (belief, obedience and love) which is the hardest for you to display? Discuss the impact that disbelief, disobedience and a lack of love have on our testimony for Christ.

 

Question #2 – Practically speaking, how do we obey? What are practical helps to genuine obedience to Christ? Can you think of any passages that could help someone who struggles with obedience in their attitude, marriage, purchases, substances, possessions, etc.)


Question #3 – Read John 13:34-35; Eph. 4:2; Romans 12:10; Col. 3:13-14; 1 Corinthians 13:13. Anything special stick out to you in those readings? Practically speaking, how do we love one another? Who is our motivation and example? What are practical steps we can take at developing a culture of love at home or with our church family?


Question #4 – Set a couple of specific goals related to the above marks. Pray for one another regarding these and report back on how God is using them in your life.

9.27.2020 SERMON NOTES

"Birthmarks of Believers"

9.20.2020 SERMON NOTES

"No Need For Renewal"

Week 7 – No Need For Renewal

Hebrews 7 – 9.20.2020

Hebrews 7:25-26a “Therefore, he (Jesus) is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest truly meets our need.”

Only Jesus Saves Completely

How Did God Give Us a Superior Priest in Jesus?

1. He is Greater than the Levitical Bloodline. V. 1-10

2. He is Greater than the Law. V. 11-22

3. He is Greater than Death. V. 23-25

Our forgiveness was secured at the cross, and it was secured forever at the empty tomb.

The writer gives a summary of Hebrews 7:

- Jesus is greater than the Levitical priests. V. 26-27

- Jesus is greater than the Law. V. 28

- Jesus is greater than death. V. 28

“Those who come to God through Him” v. 25

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Question #1 – Take 5-10 minutes and rehearse the ways that Jesus is superior to the priests, the sacrificial
system and the law. There are a number of clues found in Hebrews 7.


Question #2 – Detail what it means to come to God through Jesus (v. 25). How do some people try to get
to God through other than Jesus? Some of you share when you came to God through Jesus.


Question #3 – Are there some people in your life (friends, co-workers, family members, neighbors, etc.) who need to come to God through Jesus? Can you share who they are? Discuss how you can better connect with them to help them take steps in this direction.


Question #4 – Take some time to pray as a group to thank God for Jesus and to pray for those you know who need to need to come to God through Him.

9.13.2020 SERMON NOTES

"Mysterious Melchizedek"

Week 6 – Mysterious Melchizedek

Genesis 14 – 9.13.2020

Blessed People Bless God and Bless Others.

3 Lessons From Melchizedek

1. You are blessed by God. 14:19-20

“Blessed be Abram by God Most High”

“Don’t let what you don’t have, ruin what you do have”

“Counting your blessings takes you from stressed to blessed”

2. God Made All There Is. 14:19-20

“Creator of heaven and earth.”

3. Your Victory Came From God. 14:19-20

“And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.”

Abram’s & Our Responses to blessing …

- Blessed People Bless God! 14:20

- Blessed People Credit God for All They Have. 14:22-23

- Blessed People Bless people! 14:24

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

 

Question #1 – Take 5-10 minutes as a group to count your blessings. Name the mounting evidence that you are blessed by God.


Question #2 – Of the 3 lessons of Melchizedek, which negative version is most prevalent in our world? Which one could you struggle with? 1. Thinking that you are not blessed? 2. Thinking that you are the source of some of your blessings? 3. Thinking that you’re to credit for your accomplishments?
 

Question #3 – Do you have any personal stories connected to the 3 responses to blessing? Is there a response or two that you feel you need to work on more? What does it visibly look like to bless God or bless people?
 

Question #4 – Take some time to pray as a group to thank God for His many blessings.

9.6.2020 SERMON NOTES

"What’s Your Anchor Attached To?"

Week 5 – What’s Your Anchor Attached To?

Hebrews 6:13-20 – 9.6.2020

Read Hebrews 6:13-20

 

“Our Anchor is only as good as what it’s attached to.”

 

1. Our Anchor of Hope rests in Jesus’ being our Sacrifice and Priest v. 19-20
- The starting point. Tabernacle imagery. Anchor enters “behind the curtain” the Holy of Holies”.
- The connecting point. Jesus, our forerunner entered on our behalf. He is the connecting point with us and God.
- The anchor point. Jesus, in His ministry as our sacrifice, fully atoned for all our sin.

2. Our Anchor of Hope is secure because of God’s Promises and His Oath. V. 13-18
- His Promises are unchanging. V. 13-15
- His Oath is Unalterable. V. 13-18

Thankfully, God’s promises depend on His character, not ours!

Application:
- Make sure the anchor is firmly set in Jesus Christ!
- Make sure you are on the other end of the rope!

“Anchor in the hope of the Savior or live at the mercy of the storm.”

- Continue to trust God’s Promises.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Question #1 – Read Hebrews 6:19-20 and discuss together the “anchor of hope”. What is it? What is it lodged in? How do we know we are connected to it?


Question #2 – What other things do we (society) often anchor in other than Jesus? How do we know when we’ve anchored in other things? Are there some things we’ll admit to the group that naturally attract our anchor away from Jesus? (ie. “I feel the pull to put my hope in politics.”)
 

Question #3 – Hebrews 6:13-18 show that God keeps His promises and His oaths because of His unchanging character. What causes us to sometimes doubt His promises or His faithfulness? What can we do or what Scripture can we remember that would help us remain confident in the promises and faithfulness of God?
 

Question #4 – Are there some storms you are experiencing right now that you’d share with the group? We need the anchor of Jesus but we also can need each other! Share experiences, love, support, God’s Word and prayer together!

8.30.2020 SERMON NOTES

"Time To Move Forward"

Week #4 – Time To Move Forward
Hebrews 6:1-12 – 8.30.2020


The Golden Rule of Bible Interpretation … Know Your Context


Hebrews 5:8-10 “Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.”


     … In place of an imperfect system, God sent a perfect Savior
     … In place of a temporary atonement, God provided an eternal salvation through Jesus


In light of Christ’s Perfect Sacrifice, Genuine Believers Must …


1. Stop trying to restart what Jesus made eternal. 6:1-6
     -Thinking we renew our permanent salvation is a hindrance to maturity. V. 1
     -“Renewing” our permanent salvation is actually a spiritual impossibility. V. 4-6
     -“Renewing our salvation” makes a poor statement about the sufficiency of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. V. 6


2. Move Forward toward Maturity. 6:1-3; 7-12
     

     What does the context teach about maturity:

          -What is maturity? 5:11-14
          -How do we produce it? 6:1, 3
          -Who does it benefit? 6:7, 10
          -Is maturity worth it? 6:9-10
          -How long do I need to work on it? 6:11
          -What hinders maturity? 6:12

 


DISCUSSION QUESTIONS


Question #1 – Rehearse the context of Hebrews. Who was it written to? What was it written to say about Jesus? What was their sacrificial system like? How did salvation through Jesus differ from their sacrificial system? Hebrews 5:3; 9; 10:11-18


Question #2 – Have you ever doubted your forgiveness in Jesus? What impact did that have on you? What impact could that have on a believer in general? How can you help someone who doubts Christ’s forgiveness? What Scripture can you go to?


Question #3 – Read 5:11-14; 6:7&10 … what are your next steps of maturity? Baptism? An attitude to develop or forsake? A habit or character trait to grow? How do you develop that maturity? 6:1,3 & 12


Question #4 – Write down some maturity goals that you would like to accomplish before next group. Think of ways to help each other do them and pray for each other before group ends!

8.23.2020 SERMON NOTES

"Time To Grow Up"

Read Hebrews 5:11-14

 

 

Three Measures of Genuine Spiritual Maturity:

1. Passion to Engage With God’s Word. V. 11

“No longer try” … same word as v. 12 “lazy” – it means sluggish, slothful or slow.
It wasn’t that they weren’t hearing God’s Word, but that their passion was wasn’t peaked, their heart was wasn’t tuned, their motivation wasn’t up. It was in one ear and out the other.

 

“Information you don’t care about will never change your life”
 

2. Investing in Discipling Others. V. 12
 

“By this time you should be teachers” …
 

American church has often made a measure of maturity if you are being taught. The writer of Hebrews says that a measure of maturity is if you are teaching someone else.
 

“What God does for you shouldn’t end with you.”
 

3. A Personal Active Spiritual Workout. V. 13-14
 

What is “Milk”? v. 12 “what they learned at the beginning of their Christian life.”
 

What is “Solid Food”? v. 13-14 Practically using God’s Word every day to live for Him. “teaching about righteousness” for the purpose of “distinguish good from evil.”


“constant use” – regular training
 

“trained themselves” – (gymnazo – to exercise the body)
 

“The Weights are His Word and the Gym is Our World”

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1. How do you feel people in church today measure spiritual maturity? How do you measure spiritual maturity in yourself? Apart from today’s passage, do you have any other Scripture to contribute to this theme?


2. Read Hebrews 5:11. The writer talks about the readers hearing becoming “dull” or that “they no longer try to understand” God’s Word. Put that attitude or condition into today’s language. What contributes to it? How can we protect against becoming dull? If we have become this way, how can we get out of it? Can you think of any Scripture to help someone who has become insensitive to God’s Word?
 

3. Read Hebrews 5:12. What percentage of believers, do you feel, personally invest in discipling others? Read Matthew 28:19-20. Why is this so critical? Is it possible to be a mature believer and not be involved in discipling another? Can you name someone who invested into you? Are you involved in the life of someone else? If not, can you think of someone you would like to invest in?
 

4. Read Hebrews 5:13-14. Solid food is “teaching in righteousness” to “discern good and evil”. What would “constant use” and “training themselves” in this teaching look like? How can we help each other with this? Take a few moments to pray for each other to see these measures of maturity continue to develop in your group!

8.16.2020 SERMON NOTES

"Jesus Our Great High Priest"

5 For 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. Hebrews 5:1

 2 He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. 3 Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people. Hebrews 5:2-3

 4 And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.5 So 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” Hebrews 5:4-5

6 as he says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.” Hebrews 5:6

7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus[a] 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. Hebrews 5:7

8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. Hebrews 5:8

9 And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 10 being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 5:9-10

For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace. 3 He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever. Hebrews 7:1-3

7 In 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. Hebrews 5:7

15 For 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. Hebrews 4:15

8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. 9 And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 10 being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 5:9-10

 “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. Hebrews 4:14

Let 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 4:16

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

1. What are you waiting for? How could your season of waiting be preparing you for what is ahead?

 

2. What comfort does it bring to you that God is not apathetic but endured temptation and identifies with our humanity? (Hebrews 4:15)

 

3. What are the implications of Jesus being our great High Priest? When someone has the title of Priest today think about what kind of affront that is to Jesus?

 

4. What confidence does having Jesus as your High Priest give you to approach the throne of grace? (Hebrews 4:16)

 

5. In what ways do you see Jesus presented a superior High Priest to the Aaronic priesthood. (Hebrews 5:1-10)

 

6. What three ways are we called to respond to Jesus as our High Priest? (Hebrews 4:14, 4:16, and 5:9)

8.9.2020 SERMON NOTES

"Rest in Jesus"

 Hebrews 4 | Only Jesus Offers True Rest

Context:
*Hebrews was written to show that Jesus is superior to all others.
*At this point, the writer of Hebrews shows that Jesus is superior to prophets, angels and Moses.
*Moses was able to bring the Israelites out of Egypt but was unable to bring them to the land of rest.

Read Hebrews 4

Three Truths About Rest

1. God offers us true rest. V. 1, 6, 9, 10

2. Est comes through faith in the “good news” – the Gospel of Jesus Christ. V. 2, 3, 6

3. It takes a decision to rest. V. 10-11


Two quotes that help us understand God’s Rest …


- “If it rests on me, I won’t rest”

- “I can rest because it all rests on Him!”


NOTE: Matthew 12:1-14 … Sometimes religious people put extra expectations on us as though we won’t have God’s
acceptance unless we meet their standards. Jesus invites us to enter His rest and be free from that as well.


Application: God has given us what we need for rest …


- Follow Scripture v. 12-13

- Hold Firmly to Jesus. V. 14-16

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