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Discussion Guide - Jesus Purifies the Conscience (Hebrews 9:1-14)

In Hebrews 8, the author showed that Jesus is the High Priest of a new and superior covenant God made with his people. His superiority to the Levitical priests is demonstrated by the fact that he serves in “the true tent” (8:1) that the Old Testament tabernacle was merely “a copy and shadow of” (8:5). ...

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Discussion Guide - The True and Better Tabernacle and Covenant (Hebrews 8:1-13)

Some commentators consider Hebrews to be more like a sermon than a letter. If we think of it that way, Hebrews 8:1-2 is where the preacher says something like, “Here’s the main point I want you to get, so listen…” ...

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Discussion Guide - Warning Against Falling Away (Hebrews 6:4-12)

The author has discussed his readers’ immaturity (5:11-14) and offered a prescription for growing out of it (6:1-3). In the verses that follow, he paints a sobering picture of what happens when that medicine isn’t taken....

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Discussion Guide - Go On To Maturity (Hebrews 5:11-6:3)

In Hebrews 5:1-10, the author briefly introduced Melchizedek (5:6, 10). He still has “much to say” (v 11) about Melchizedek and Jesus’ high priesthood which he’ll get to in chapters 7-10. But first he shifts gears to address his readers’ immaturity (5:11-6:3), to warn them against falling away (6:4-8), and to call them to endure in their faith (6:9-20)....

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Discussion Guide - Jesus: The Source of Eternal Salvation (Hebrews 5:1-10)

In the Old Testament, there were two primary qualifications for a high priest. First, he needed to be from among the people he represented (v 1). As one of them, he could represent them. And by sharing the nature and weaknesses of his people (and by having his own sins to atone for) the high priest could deal gently with the people’s sins (vv 2-3). In other words, while ...

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Discussion Guide - The Great High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-4:16)

In Hebrews 4:12-13, the author said that we are completely laid bare before our Father in heaven and known for exactly who we are ...

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Discussion Guide - The Living and Active Word of God (Hebrews 4:12-13)

Psalm 95 is the basis for Hebrews 4:1-11, and this gives the thrust for what the author asserts in Hebrews 4:12-13. As pointed out in 4:7, the focus is on “Today”. If you hear the Word of the Lord, do not be indifferent to it and fail to enter God’s rest. Using the Israelites’ disobedience as an example, the author says, “Let us therefore strive to enter that res...

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Discussion Guide - Strive to Enter the Promised Rest (Hebrews 4:1-11)

Because of their “disobedience” (4:11) and “unbelief” (3:19), the first generation of Israelites who came out of Egypt were forbidden from entering the land of Canaan - God’s “rest” (3:11). But the next generation, led by Joshua, did enter it. ...

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Discussion Guide - Hebrews 3:7-19

In Hebrews 3:1-6, the author compared Moses and Jesus. Now he compares the people each of them led. He shows that Christians living in these “last days” (1:2) are in a similar spot that the Israelites were in the wilderness - free from slavery but not yet home....

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Discussion Guide - Jesus Above Moses (Hebrews 3:1-6)

In Hebrews 2:17, Jesus was referred to as a “faithful high priest”. Now the author reflects on Jesus’ faithfulness by comparing him to an Old Testament model of faithfulness: Moses....

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