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This is the third sermon in our series on the book of Hebrews This sermon is on ‘Jesus the Greater One’. Preacher: the Rev’d Dr Daniel Rouhead. Bible Reading: Hebrews 3:1-19.
Next Steps this Week
BIBLE READING: Hebrews 3:1-19
Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house. Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.
So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness, where your ancestors tested and tried me, though for forty years they saw what I did. That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’ So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ”
See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. As has just been said:
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”
Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.
SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
CONNECT: As you go about your week, arriving at your various front lines, take a moment to be reminded of the amazing news that Jesus is your brother! How did you go with this?
How are things going for your ‘one person’ who you are praying for this year? How do you think you could best be praying for them in the coming week?
READ Hebrews 3:1-6
What is the significance of chapter 3 beginning with ‘therefore’? Why is this link so important?
What does it mean to ‘fix’ our thoughts on Jesus as our apostle and high priest? How can this be part of our daily rhythm of life?
What were all of the various ways in which Jesus was (and is) faithful? How should this fill us with great encouragement?
What is God’s House? In what way is Jesus faithful as the Son over God’s house?
How does Jesus ‘being faithful over God’s house’ effect our lives individually and as a church?
Can you think of someone who is a great example of holding firmly to the confidence and hope that they have in Jesus? How has this been an encouragement to you in the face of trouble or hardship?
When have you been tested to hold fast? What helped you to stick with your trust in Jesus?
READ Hebrews 3:7-19
What were the recipients’ ancestors guilty of in the past when it came to their hearts? Why was this so perilous? What do you think that it actually looks like practically?
Have you ever hardened your heart towards God? Why do you think that was the case?
Are we ever in trouble of hardening our hearts toward God? What would be the early indicators?
What is best antidote to a hardened heart? What is the best prevention?
Who in your life is a constant encouragement to live faithfully? Have you ever expressed your gratitude for their encouragement?
Who can you be of encouragement to in their daily following of God? What might that involve?
APPLY: Encourage someone in their faithful following of the Lord Jesus this week.
Heavenly Father, we thank you that Jesus - our great apostle, high priest, and your Son - is set over us, your house. Please correct us when we have hard hearts towards you. Please also help us that we may constantly be of encouragement to one another as we seek to follow Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
On Your Frontline This Week: For the people on your frontlines, what might they consider is greater than Jesus? How would you explain that Jesus is greater?