This Week’s Topic:Hebrews 10 Study Guide November 18, 2018Once and for All The new covenant differs from the old in its interiority. The Lord puts his laws in the hearts of his people. He writes them on their minds. The people don’t have to be taught the covenant, they know it because it’s in them (Hebrews 8:11). It also means– and this is important– that the people of God are able to abide by the terms of the new covenant. The children of Israel, the recipients of the old covenant, were not able to continue in the covenant (Hebrews 8:9). But the scene is different in the new covenant. Because of Christ, we can do it!
- The new covenant differs from the old in its effectiveness.As a result of the death of Christ, God “will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more” (Hebrews 10:17). The author of Hebrews thinks that the sacrifices of the old covenant were ultimately ineffectual because they were “only a shadow of the good to come” (Hebrews 10:1). Christ’s sacrifice, on the other hand, was effective, and dealt finally and fully with sin. “Where there is forgiveness of [sins and lawless deeds], there is no longer any offering for sin” (Hebrews 10:18).
- Approach.While it is not specified, we are told here to approach God. This word is at home in the sacrificial cult of the Old Testament, referring to the worshiper’s approach to the presence of God. Here it is “used in a broader metaphorical sense to refer to the Christian’s appropriation of that access to God made available in Christ.”2
- Hold fast.The original recipients of Hebrews seem to have been at risk of loosening their hold on the faith in light of pressure exerted on them from outside (see 6:4-6). But, the author of Hebrews wants his audience (and us) to hold fast. One of the results of the accomplishment of Christ in his death ought to be our steadfast adherence to the hope of the Gospel, even in the teeth of opposition or suffering.
- What do you do when the trials of life overwhelm you?
- What do the scriptures say to do?
- What is the purpose of the church?
- Why do we attend church?
- How do you provoke one another to love and good deeds?
How to Start a Small Group Bible Study
- Ask people if they would like to study with you. (2-10 people)
- who will lead the study
- You can alternate, just make sure you publish a calendar so each person knows when t hey are suppose to lead.
- Values and confidentiality
- Refreshments-type and who will bring what? The calendar will help with this as well
- Name your group -you can change it as you evolve.
- Commit with a covenant signing by all membership
- Pray about and commit to a quarterly community project together (Name it in 30 days)
- Send the pastor your group name and project
- Enjoy where God leads you.
The “SOAP” Model of Small Group Bible Study Journaling
SCRIPTUREWrite down the Bible passage you’ll be studying.This can be one verse or several. I’ve found that writing the verse helps me to focus on each word individually, and on the passage as a whole. It also helps me soak it in and meditate on each word. It helps to look up key words in Hebrew or Greek lexicons. Here are a few online aids. Biblestudy Tools https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/ and BibleHub https://biblehub.com/lexicon
OBSERVATIONExamine the text and write down what you notice.
- Who is it written by? Who is it written to?
- What jumps out to you in the passage?
- What’s one thing you didn’t notice before?
- What seems interesting or unusual?
- What comes before and after the text?
- Is there repetition, comparison, or contrast?
- Are there any scripture cross references? If there are, what is the differences in the writings?