March 7, 2015
This week’s study is about,
The Apostles’ Creed, “….I believe in Jesus Christ…. He ascended into
Heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father….”
When George shared on Sunday was there anything in particular that spoke to you?
What does ‘intercessor’ mean?
When you hear of Christ being our Intercessor what do you think of? Are there any images come to mind?
Paul says that Christ is also our Mediator. 1Timothy 2:5.
Is there a difference between a mediator and intercessor? If so what is (are) it?
Discuss your thoughts in your group.
2. The high priest.
Read Hebrews 5:1-10 and answer the following…
· What was the role of the high priest?
· How was he put in this position?
· What does the writer to Hebrews tell us about Christ and why He had the ‘right’ to be a high priest?
· Discuss Hebrews 5:7-10 and especially the meaning of v9, ‘In this way, God qualified Him….’
3. Jesus, the Superior High Priest.
Read Hebrews 7:15-28.
Compare the differences between high priests in the old covenant and Jesus as the High Priest in the new covenant.
What are the things that make Jesus our Perfect High Priest?
4. Benefits and our response.
According to Hebrews 2:14-15, what did Jesus do?
How does this help us as we consider life after death?
What assurance do you have that Jesus can fully understand your struggles?
Read and discuss Paul’s wonderful promises in Romans 8:31-34 and the following quote.
“Paul says that Jesus is pleading with us in Heaven. God has acquitted us and has removed our sin and guilt, so it is Satan not God who accuses us. When he does, Jesus, our Advocate, sits at God’s right hand to present our case…..’’ *
With all of the above in mind what does the writer of Hebrews encourage us to do?
With prayer in mind consider the following….
“Prayer is our approach to God, and we are to come ‘boldly.’ Some Christians approach God meekly with heads hung low, afraid to ask Him to meet their needs. Others pray flippantly, giving little thought to what they say. Come with reverence because he is your King. But also come with bold assurance because He is your Friend and Counsellor.” **
Share and discuss with others in your group where do you think your prayer life is.
With Jesus as your Great High Priest praying for you how does His example of love motivate you to pray for others?
‘Jesus is praying for you – He is interceding for you and your need right now in the presence of God – Draw courage and strength from this as you face your challenges this week and into the future.’ (George Sears)
* Taken from the footnotes of ‘New Application Study Bible.’
** Taken from the footnotes of ‘New Application Study Bible.’