The Grace of God and Seeking the City That is to Come

The Grace of God and Seeking the City That is to Come

Hebrews 13:10-14

Community Group Questions

  1. The author of Hebrews makes frequent reference to Old Testament concepts and realities. Are these just illustrations to help make a point, or is there something more significant in play? Can you give examples of some of these Old Testament concepts and realities and how they point to Christ?
  2. What kind of comparisons are made between the sacrifices of the Levitical system and the sacrifice of Christ on the cross?
  3. How did people approach God before the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and how do people approach God after the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ?
  4. Jesus was crucified outside the city of Jerusalem, rejected and scorned by men. What would it mean then, for Christians to go outside the “camp” and join him?
  5. The author of Hebrews writes that we should “seek the city that is to come.” What is this city? How is it different from anything that has existed or exists today?

Family Worship Questions

  1. Read Hebrews 13:10-14 & Discuss:
  • Why did God command the people of the Old Testament to make sacrifices? (Note: Sacrifices were commanded by God to allow sinful people to live in the presence of a sinless God. They also showed that sin was such a horrible thing that it required the death of an animal to cover it. The life of the animal was a substitute for their own life. However, the sacrifices of animals could never fully cleanse the people of their sin.) What did sacrifices do for them? What did the sacrifices do for their sins?
  • What does it mean when it says that Jesus died to “sanctify the people?” (Note: Sanctification is the process of cleansing believers from sin that begins at conversion and ends only when we enter into heaven.) What are things in our lives that need to be sanctified?
  • The author commands us to go “outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured.” How do we suffer with Christ? How are we treated by our friends and family who are not Christians when we talk to them about the gospel?
  1. Sing: Christ is Risen
  2. Pray.