Written on Our Hearts – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week, Pastor Deric continues the series ‘No Turning Back’ with a message called ‘Written on Our Hearts’, based on Hebrews 7-8.
1. Jesus is greater than Abraham
2. Jesus is greater than the law
3. Jesus is the Savior of those who draw near to God through Him
4. Jesus is the source of new life
ICEBREAKER: What food do you love that a lot of people might find a little odd?
1. The mysterious figure of Melchizedek first appears in Genesis 14:18-20, then in Psalm 110:4, and finally in Hebrews 5:6, 10, 6:20, and 7:1-17. What do you learn about him from these verses? How does he show the superiority of Jesus over all rivals?
2. How is Jesus’ priesthood an improvement over the Levitical priesthood [Hebrews 7:18-25]? How does this give you encouragement to “draw near to God” [Hebrews 7:25]? Consider also Luke 22:31-32; John 17:6-26; and Romans 8:34.
3. Why is it “fitting that we should have such a high priest” like Jesus [Hebrews 7:26]? What sets Him apart from all who preceded Him or try to follow Him? What difference does this make to you? Consult also 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 2:17; and 1 Peter 1:17-21.
4. Hebrews 8:1-7 speaks of heavenly and earthly realities. Contrast the two to highlight the superiority of the heavenly realities. How does this help you prioritize “the things above” [cf. John 3:11-15; Ephesians 2:4-7; and Colossians 3:1-4]?
5. Hebrews 8:7-9 quotes from Jeremiah 31:31-32, stating the old covenant was obsolete. Why was it ineffective [cf. Isaiah 1:10-20; Isaiah 29:13; Ezekiel 33:31-32; and Matthew 15:1-9]? What does this tell you about the weakness of merely performing religious rituals?
6. The quote from Jeremiah 31:33-34 in Hebrews 8:10-12 promises a better covenant. What is special about this new covenant, and what are the results God is looking for [cf. Jeremiah 24:7; 2 Corinthians 3:12-18; and Galatians 3:23-29]?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?
“Jesus Christ carries on intercession for us in heaven; the Holy Ghost carries on intercession in us on earth; and we the saints have to carry on intercession for all men.” (Oswald Chambers)