Teaching Outline Week 22

The Joy in Responsibility

(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews)


Power in the Blood

Hebrews 9:15-26 


Review of the New Covenant:

Hebrews 8:10-12

Christ’s role in the New Covenant: (verse 15)


Called will inherit the promises because of Christ

Christ’s Blood is the atonement and guarantee

New Covenant compared to a “Will” (verses 16-22)

It takes death to place in effect a “will”

The first covenant pointed to this covenant through sacrifices

Not open to negotiation (set by God, verse 20)

What actually happened when the New Covenant was placed in effect?

Heavenly places were cleansed (verse 23)

Cleansed on our behalf (verse 24)

Sinners are now welcome in heaven (verse 25)

Christ’s glory shines (verse 26)


No matter how dirty you feel, Christ’s Blood makes you fit for heaven and service.


Synopsis and Homework Week 21

This week our author details for us one of the brightest pictures for rejoicing in the entire book. The first portion of the picture shows the old. The Tabernacle frames the picture with its rooms and furnishings. Priests perform daily and once a year offerings and sacrifices. This portion of the picture reflects a never ending need to be cleansed. It portrays the distance between God and His people. Worshippers stand on the outside peering in longing for clean consciences and an end of burdensome work. In “this present time” the picture, mostly black and white with deep shadows, points to a time of a new order, a time of reformation.

For the first time we see a splash of color. Light dawns the canvas and shadows disappear. The picture is now framed by Christ. The rooms and furnishings are obsolete. Daily performance is replaced by once-for-all. External things move inside; the law no longer part of cold stone but written on warm flesh. The blood of goats and bulls no longer flow. The Blood of the perfect Sacrifice touches the conscience of the worshipper and the conscience is made perfect. Now, without burden, the worshipper serves the Living God. God and His people are one.

This is the account of every believer’s history with God. The picture is glorious!


Read 1 Peter 2:9-10


In verse 9 Peter calls all believers a Royal Priesthood. How does this fit with the picture of the worshipper with a conscience made perfect by the Blood of Christ in Hebrews 9:14?


In verse 9 Peter makes the statement that those who are called are to “proclaim the excellencies” of God. How does this fit with Hebrews 9:14 saying with a conscience made perfect we are ready to serve the Living God?



How does verse 10 fit with the picture painted by Hebrews 9:1-14 of the transition from the old covenant to the new covenant?


Teaching Outline Week 21

The Joy in Responsibility

(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews)


Lifelong Clean Conscience

Hebrews 9:1-14 


Why the detailed history lesson? (verses 1-7)

What our author wants us to see about the Old period…

Verse 1: earthly sanctuary

Verse 2: outer place (Holy Place)

Verse 3-5:  inner place (Most Holy Place)

Verse 6: Priests daily work (outer place)

Verse 7: High Priest Atoning Work Once a Year (inner place)

How our author interprets utilizing time references:

Verse 8-9: this present time

Verses 10-14 : the time of reformation

This Present Time:

Limited Access to God

Clean on the outside (external worship)

Not clean on the inside (No perfect conscience)

“Dead Works” service toward God

Time of Reformation:

Redeemed Access to God

Clean on the inside (internal worship)

Outside reflecting the inside

Serving the Living God



Cleaning up your act so you can sleep at night does nothing.

A perfect conscience generates real and righteous service toward God.

Synopsis and Homework Week 20

To say that the New Covenant is established on “better” promises is like saying Niagara Falls is better than my garden hose. I know that the author of Hebrews is not making such a comment causally. I know from chapter one that our author realizes the majesty and glory of the Son of God. I know from chapters two through seven our author feels the Superiority of Jesus.

Sometimes I need to remind myself just how much better the promises of the New Covenant really are. Sometimes my idea of better isn’t what the author of Hebrews understands as better.

OK, so this is better…You are standing before God and He makes the promise; I will be your God, and you will be my child…forever. I am going to do for you what you cannot do for yourself. I am going to override your tendency of drifting away. I am going to write on your mind and heart so that you will be found faithful to the very end. And here’s the best part…Even though I am God and I know everything about you, in My courtroom I will not remember anything about you that doesn’t reflect My Son.

If that doesn’t find you singing at the top of your lungs this Easter Sunday, you still don’t understand “better”.


Read your favorite Gospel passage to your family and celebrate!

Have a wonderful Easter Sunday!

Teaching Outline Week 20

The Joy in Responsibility

(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews)


Jesus’ Ministry

Hebrews 8:6-13 


Jesus – Mediator of a Better Covenant (verses 6-9)

Jesus’ ministry is to usher in a New Covenant (vs 6)

The New Covenant is founded on better promises (vs 7)

Old Covenant was a shadow (not faultless)

New Covenant is perfect Reality (faultless)

Move to verse 13…

The Old Covenant is now obsolete.

Remember from last lesson; a major change happened as the shadow was replaced with reality. Transformed from a “Come and see” to a “Go and tell” relationship.

Many things really did change.

Back to verses 10-11…

New Covenant promises described: (Verses 10-11)

God will write on your heart

God WILL BE your God

How the promises are possible: (verse 12)

Mercy toward your iniquities

Remember your sins no more


God is completely for you, so who can be against you?

Synopsis and Homework Week 19

It’s only when we understand the burden of the law and everything associated with the Tabernacle and the sacrifices of the priesthood that we realize what Scripture is stating when it classifies those things as copies and shadows. To be sure God authored them all. God’s Law is perfect. The Tabernacle and the priesthood clearly pointed to Jesus for anyone who had eyes to see.

But the Law couldn’t save anyone. Working tirelessly sacrificing bulls and lambs and goats, in the end, couldn’t atone for sin. In order for sinful mankind to live in glory with their Holy God they would need a Priest of a higher order. They would need a once-for-all sacrifice that somehow satisfied the Law.

What God established with Moses and Israel on Mt. Sinai would need to fade, as shadows do, when a great Light comes on the scene. The heavy burden that the shadows imposed, causing the people to pretend they could keep their rigorous demands, must be replaced with better promises. The Law would need to be fulfilled; the Priesthood and sacrificial system brought to completion.

As the author of Hebrews states it, as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises.  For if that first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no occasion to look for a second.” Jesus is the Light that took away the shadows. Jesus, our High Priest, fulfilled the requirements of the Law and became the sacrifice that atoned for sin for all who believe.

For the believer, law keeping is no longer a burden of duty but a life passion of love. Worship is no longer standing in the Temple court watching the High Priest working tirelessly but walking all over this world in a joy flowing from our Great High Priest.


Read Galatians 5:1-6

Paul states that “for freedom Christ has set us free.” (Verse 1) So, Christ Jesus set us free for the sake of freedom. He set us free from slavery to sin. He set us free from the heavy yoke of the Law.

How does Paul warn anyone who is considering going back to the law of circumcision? (Verse 2)


If you are being justified by trying to keep the law what is your relationship to Christ? (Verse 4)


How does faith working through love manifest itself in our lives? (Verse 5-6)


Teaching Outline Week 19

The Joy in Responsibility

(An In-Depth Study of Hebrews)


Light Ends the Shadow

Hebrews 7:26-8:7 


New Covenant High Priest is Superior (verses 26-28)

This is the summary of the Order of Melchizedek

  1.       Jesus is sinless (Holy)
  2.       Worthy to be the Sacrifice
  3.       Perfect so that the Sacrifice is once-for-all
  4.       Appointed by an oath as a perfect Son
  5.       Forever (Eternal)

Old Covenant comes to an end; New Covenant is a perfect, permanent replacement

Jesus came to put an end to the shadows (verse 8:1-7)

Main Point:

Jesus our New Covenant High Priest who goes between us and God, and makes us right with God, and prays for us to God is not an ordinary, weak, sinful, dying, priest like in the Old Testament days. He is the Son of God—strong, sinless, with an indestructible life.

No More – earthly Tabernacle, sacrifices, Articles of Worship, Vestments, dietary laws, etc…

What Moses copied or shadowed from his Mt. Sinai experience we now experience without shadow.

Old Covenant – Come and see worship experience

New Covenant – Go and tell life of worship


We have complete freedom in Christ

We live mission driven lives taking the Gospel to all cultures