Hebrews 2022

If you would like to listen to the messages from Hebrews chapter 1 & 2 you can find them in the Advent series starting on 12/12/2021.  The messages below start with chapter 3 on 01/09/2022.

May 22, 2022
“This Is My Prayer For You”
Series: Hebrews
HEBREWS | Hebrews 13:20-25 This Is My Prayer For You May 22, 2022
  1. What have you learned and how have you grown through this series in Hebrews? (Advent to Easter) 
  2. What’s a benediction?
  3. Check through some of the NT letters and books to see which ones close with some sort of benediction? What sticks out to you from the different closings of the letters you found in the NT?
  4. What is justification and what is sanctification?
  5. What ways do you see justification in verse 20 and sanctification in verse 21?
  • May 22, 2022“This Is My Prayer For You”
    May 22, 2022
    “This Is My Prayer For You”
    Series: Hebrews
    HEBREWS | Hebrews 13:20-25 This Is My Prayer For You May 22, 2022
    1. What have you learned and how have you grown through this series in Hebrews? (Advent to Easter) 
    2. What’s a benediction?
    3. Check through some of the NT letters and books to see which ones close with some sort of benediction? What sticks out to you from the different closings of the letters you found in the NT?
    4. What is justification and what is sanctification?
    5. What ways do you see justification in verse 20 and sanctification in verse 21?
  • May 15, 2022“Follow the Leaders”
    May 15, 2022
    “Follow the Leaders”
    Series: Hebrews
    HEBREWS | Hebrews 13:7-19 Follow the Leaders May 15, 2022
    1. Who has been a leader worth imitating in your life?
    2. “Remember, consider, imitate, obey, submit, and pray for” are all verbs used to describe the church’s relationship with their spiritual leaders/elders/pastors. Explain the context of each verb. What stands out to you from this?
    3. What does Hebrews 13:8 have to do with the passage, especially as it sits between verse 7 and verse 9?
    4.  What is the passage talking about when it references “outside the camp” and “outside the gate” several different times? Why then should we “go to him outside the camp?” (Ex. 29:14, Lev. 16:27, Heb. 13:11-14)
  • May 8, 2022“Love, Marriage and Money’
    May 8, 2022
    “Love, Marriage and Money’
    Series: Hebrews
    HEBREWS | Hebrews 13:1-6 Love, Marriage and Money May 8, 2022
    1. What are some ways which we can love the family of God? (Heb. 13:1)
    2. What are some ways we can love by showing hospitality? (Heb. 13:2)
    3. What are some ways we can love by showing empathy? (Heb. 13:3)
    4. How can we choose to honor marriage in our lives when the world seeks to tear it down? (Heb. 13:4)
    5. How can you practice trusting God and not loving money? The passage says keep your life free from the love of money and be content. So what is contentment? (Heb. 13:5-6; Phil. 4:11-13)
  • May 1, 2022“Speaks A Better Word”
    May 1, 2022
    “Speaks A Better Word”
    Series: Hebrews
    HEBREWS | Hebrews 12:18-29 Speaks A Better Word May 1, 2022
    1. Examine together as a group Exodus 19-20:18-21 to set the scene for Mount Sinai. What do you notice? What do you think it would have been like to witness the scene at Mount Sinai?
    2. Compare and contrast the two mountains Mount Sinai (Heb. 12:18-21) and Mount Zion (Heb. 12:22-24)
    3. What does the blood of Jesus mean for you compared to what the blood of Abel meant for you? (Heb. 12:24; Genesis 4:10) What is the better word?
    4. Describe the Kingdom of God. Why is this comforting to us today? (Heb. 12:27-29)
    5. We started with a “blazing fire” in 12:18 and now God is described in verse 29 as a “consuming fire,” why do you think that is? Consider this quote from Paul David Tripp: “The holiness of God should frighten you, while at the same time it should give you rest.” Why?
  • Apr 24, 2022“Don’t Give Up”
    Apr 24, 2022
    “Don’t Give Up”
    Series: Hebrews
    HEBREWS | Hebrews 12:3-17 Don’t Give Up April 24, 2022
    1. Describe the Christian life of faith from your own experience. Use the main ideas from Hebrews chapters 11-12 to frame our view of the Christian life. 
    2. What reasons do the preacher of Hebrews give us for not giving up the race of faith? 
    3. How does parenting and/or coaching help illustrate the discipline and training from the Lord? What lessons do we draw from this? (Hebrews 12:5-11) 
    4. Why do you think the preacher uses Esau as a bad example of running the race here? (Hebrews 12:15-17) 
    5. How does holiness fit into this discussion of running and the christian life? Heb. 12:10, 14)
    Have a great week! Josh Prather
  • Apr 17, 2022“Looking to Jesus”
    Apr 17, 2022
    “Looking to Jesus”
    Series: Hebrews
  • Apr 15, 2022“Do Not Shrink Back”
    Apr 15, 2022
    “Do Not Shrink Back”
    Series: Hebrews
  • Apr 10, 2022“Rejoice Greatly” – Palm Sunday
    Apr 10, 2022
    “Rejoice Greatly” – Palm Sunday
    Series: Hebrews
    HEBREWS | Hebrews 10:1-25; Matt. 21:1-11 Palm Sunday - Rejoice Greatly! April 10, 2022
    1. Why did Christ come into the world? (Heb. 10:5-7; John 3:16-19; John 12:46-47; John 18:37; 1 Tim. 1:15; Gal. 4:4-5)
    2. Why did Christ enter Jerusalem on Palm Sunday? What details about his triumphal entry speaks to his intentions and the nature of his coming?
    3. What cause do you have to rejoice greatly, shout Hosanna and celebrate Jesus this Palm Sunday? (Psalm 118:24-25)
    4. How can we spiritually open the gates of our hearts and lift our heads to receive our king who is coming to us? (Psalm 24:7-10)
  • Apr 3, 2022“Good Things to Come”
    Apr 3, 2022
    “Good Things to Come”
    Series: Hebrews
  • Mar 27, 2022“Jesus’ Better Sacrifice”
    Mar 27, 2022
    “Jesus’ Better Sacrifice”
    Series: Hebrews
    HEBREWS | Hebrews 9:15-28 Jesus’ Better Sacrifice March 27, 2022
    1. How does the complete sacrifice of Christ strengthen your faith today?
    2. What was the importance of sprinkling with blood? What was the symbolism of it?
    3. What did Jesus offer when He approached the presence of God on our behalf?
    4. What practical impact does the fact that Jesus need only die once have on us? How does this truth effect our lives today 2000 years after His sacrifice for us?
    5. Hebrews 9:28c says, “[Christ] will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.” Connect this with the following Scriptures and share how we should be “eagerly waiting for Him?” (John 14:2–3; Romans 8:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:16–17; 2 Timothy 4:8; Titus 2:13)
    6. Share a reason you are thankful for the new covenant through Jesus Christ.
  • Mar 20, 2022“A Clean Conscience”
    Mar 20, 2022
    “A Clean Conscience”
    Series: Hebrews
    HEBREWS | Hebrews 9:1-14 A Clean Conscience March 20, 2022
    1. In what ways did the tabernacle aid worship for God’s people in the Old Testament?
    2. Why is it important to recognize that the holiness of God has not changed?
    3. What is the importance of Jesus going into the “holy place” of heaven (9:11-12)?
    4. What are the differences and/or similarities to how we worship God today?
    5. The conscience is mentioned in 9:8 and 9:14, what are the differences? How should this impact us when we consider what Christ has done for us?
  • Mar 13, 2022“Better Covenant”
    Mar 13, 2022
    “Better Covenant”
    Series: Hebrews
    HEBREWS | Hebrews 8:1-13 A Better Covenant March 13, 2022
    1. What did you grow up using that has now become obsolete? What happened that made it obsolete?
    2. Hebrews 8:13 says the old covenant has become obsolete because the new has come. What specifically makes it obsolete? How has the new upgraded the old?
    3. Hebrews 8:6-12 is a quote from Jeremiah 31:31-34. What statement or phrase from this passage sticks out to you the most and why?
    4. Do we need the Old Testament or can we just focus on the New Testament and the new covenant? What do you think we can learn from the “copy and shadows of the heavenly things” when we examine and look back to the old covenant? (Heb. 8:5, Heb. 10:1)
    5. Skim over “the pattern” God gave to Moses (Exodus 25:40) to design and set up the tabernacle. What strikes you and stands out to you about the details of the tabernacle and its furnishings? (The pattern is given throughout chapters 24-40 of Exodus)
  • Feb 27, 2022“A Better Way”
    Feb 27, 2022
    “A Better Way”
    Series: Hebrews
    HEBREWS | Hebrews 7:18-28   A Better Way  February 27, 2022
    1. How is “relationship” one of the main ways to think of the entire story of the Bible? 
    2. Why is “drawing near” such a significant phrase? What comes to mind when we see “drawing near?” (Heb. 4:16; 7:19, 25) 
    3. In what ways is the covenant Jesus guarantees actually better? (Heb. 7:22) 
    4. How can we live everyday knowing Jesus did this “once for all.” (Heb. 7:27) How can believing this actually change our lives on a day to day basis? 
    5. If Jesus is your king, your high priest and your sacrifice. What does that leave for you to do? (Romans 12:1-2) 
  • Feb 20, 2022“Melchizedek and the Royal Priesthood”
    Feb 20, 2022
    “Melchizedek and the Royal Priesthood”
    Series: Hebrews
    HEBREWS | Hebrews 7:1-19   Melchizedek and the Royal Priesthood February 20, 2022
    1. Work together as a group to build a personal profile of Melchizedek. Who do you think he was? Where was he from? What does his name mean? What roles did he hold? What is his significance? Etc. (Genesis 14 and Hebrews 7)  
    2. What is the study of biblical “typology?” How is Melchizedek a “type” of Christ? 
    3. How does the preacher of Hebrews demonstrate in chapter 7 that the Levitical priesthood and law is inferior to the “better hope” we find in Jesus as our Royal Priest? (Heb. 7:19) 
    4. How does Romans 5:1-2 shed light on the themes we discussed so far from Hebrews? 
    5. Even though this chapter and concept of Melchizedek can be challenging to grasp, what have you drawn from this to apply to your spiritual life today? 
  • Feb 13, 2022“Anchor of the Soul”
    Feb 13, 2022
    “Anchor of the Soul”
    Series: Hebrews
    Anchor of the Soul February 13, 2022
    1. Name some Old Testament saints, other than Abraham, who demonstrated faith and patience in God’s promises? How might we imitate them today? (Heb. 6:12; Heb. 11) 
    2. What is the promise being talked about in Hebrews 6? Look at Genesis 22:15-19. How does this promise/covenant/blessing apply to us today? (Context: Gen. 15:5-6; Gen. 17:5-8)
    3. Share an experience when hope has been an anchor for your soul?
    4. What does it mean for Christ to be our forerunner? 
    5. Extra Credit: Who is Melchizedek and why is he mentioned so much in Hebrews 5,6,7? (Heb. 5,6-7; 6:20; 7:1-17) 
  • Feb 6, 2022“The Dark Side and the Bright Side”
    Feb 6, 2022
    “The Dark Side and the Bright Side”
    Series: Hebrews
    HEBREWS | Hebrews 6:4-12 The Dark Side and the Bright Side February 6, 2022
    1. Read and review the parable of the sower (Matt. 13:1-9; 18-23) and compare it to the message Hebrews 6:4-8. Discuss. 
    2. How do you personally resonate with the content of the message given in Hebrews 4:4-8?
    3. How can we be sure of better things for ourselves and our church community today? (Heb. 6:9)
    4. From your life experience, how have you seen both “faith and patience” as instrumental to the Christian walk? (Heb. 6:12) 
    5. How is hope also a major part of persevering in the Christian life? (Heb. 6:11; 18-19)
    6. What do we do now with this message? 
  • Jan 30, 2022“Spiritual Toddlers”
    Jan 30, 2022
    “Spiritual Toddlers”
    Series: Hebrews
    HEBREWS | Hebrews 5:5-6:3 Spiritual Toddlers January 30, 2022
    1. How did you hear God’s voice this week from his Word and in what ways can we actively seek to avoid being “dull of hearing?” (Heb. 5:11)
    2. In what ways is Jesus the perfect “source of eternal salvation?” (Heb. 5:9)
    3. What does it mean to mature spiritually from milk to meat. Discuss: (1 Cor. 3:1-3; Eph. 4:11-14; Heb. 5:12-13)
    4. If we are going to graduate from the elementary doctrines, we will no doubt need help from one another.  Are you discipling someone right now to go on to maturity? Or would you like to be discipled by someone else? Consider what discipleship is and what it could look like in your life. Talk about ways in which you could practically make this happen.1
  • Jan 23, 2022“The Sword and the Priest”
    Jan 23, 2022
    “The Sword and the Priest”
    Series: Hebrews
  • Jan 16, 2022“God’s Rest”
    Jan 16, 2022
    “God’s Rest”
    Series: Hebrews
  • Jan 9, 2022“Jesus is Better Than Moses”
    Jan 9, 2022
    “Jesus is Better Than Moses”
    Series: Hebrews
    HEBREWS | Hebrews 3:1-19  Jesus Is Better Than Moses  January 9, 2022
    1. What are your impressions of the letter of Hebrews so far? What  have you taken away from chapters 1-3? 
    2. What makes the letter of Hebrews unique? 
    3. Why is it so significant that Jesus would be compared to Moses and in what ways is he actually better? (Numbers 12:6-9; Hebrews 3:1-6) 
    4. Hebrews 3:7-11 is a quote from Psalm 95:7-11 which references the context of Meribah in Numbers chapter 20. What’s going on in Numbers 20:2-13 and why is this example given in Hebrews 3? 
    5. How can we “exhort one another?” (Heb. 3:13) Why is this so important and what’s at stake if we neglect this duty to one another? 
    6. Take notice of the theme of belief and unbelief in this study (Belief: Heb. 3:12,19; Num. 20:12). Why is “belief” so central to Christianity and really all of life?