|Jesus: Loud & Clear;
Front & Center (Hebrews)
High Priest and Our High Priest
|February 1, 2015|
This Week’s Take Home Truth: “With a perfect and permanent high priest like Jesus, we can be confident he saves completely, fully able to bring us all the way home to God.”
This Week’s Resources:
- The Compass Bible Study
- Word Search Answer Key
- Lighthouse Discussion Guide
- Lighthouse Leader Study Guide
Purpose: The focus of this lesson is based in Hebrews 7:25, which tells us Jesus “lives to make intercession for them.” This week we will look closely at the topic of intercessory prayer, and devote a portion of our time together in prayer.
- Looking back at your notes from this week’s sermon, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
- When might a person need to be represented by a lawyer? Why?
- What is a task or responsibility you find especially difficult to do? How have you overcome your fear or weakness in this area?
Read the Text (Hebrews 7:23-28)
Our text this week proves to be the magnificent summary or Hebrews 7. The writer concludes his comparison between the temporary, imperfect Levitical priesthood and the eternal, perfect priesthood of Jesus Christ. In clear terms, the writer shows us what it means for us to have Jesus as our High Priest. He is “able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” Read with reverence and deep appreciation this week’s text: Hebrews 7:23-28.
- How would you define “intercession”?
- Can you think of informal, day-to-day situations in which intercession occurs?
- What does it mean in Hebrews 7:25 when it says Jesus “lives to make intercession” for us?
- Read John 20:21. Who did God the Father send to represent Him on earth? Who does Jesus send to represent Him on earth?
- By what authority do we intercede on behalf of others?
- Take some time in your Lighthouse and write down those whom you are being called to intercede?
- Now spend time as a group in prayer lifting your requests to the Father through Jesus, our High Priest and Intercessor in Heaven.
- How can you make intercession a greater part of your prayer life?
- Who is the one person God is placing on your heart right now to pray for this week? Will you covenant with God to intercede on his or her behalf this week?
- Are you in special need of prayer this week? If so, consider reaching out to a member of your Lighthouse and ask for special prayer, or use a Feedback Card or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sweet Hour of Prayer
William W. Walford, 1772–1850
Through the ages, devout believers in Christ have recognized the necessity of maintaining an intimate relationship with God through His ordained channel of prayer. It has often been said that prayer is as basic to spiritual life as breathing is to our natural lives. It is not merely an occasional impulse to which we respond when we are in trouble; prayer is a way of life.
Nevertheless, we need to set aside a special time for prayer. We need that daily “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” This song is thought to have been written in 1842 by William Walford, an obscure and blind lay preacher who was the owner of a small trinket shop in the little village of Coleshill, England.
The first two stanzas of the hymn remind us of the blessings of prayer—relief for our troubled lives and the assurance of a God who is concerned about our every need. The final stanza anticipates the day when we will no longer need to pray, for we’ll be at home in heaven with our Lord.
There is also an interesting reference in this verse to a Mount Pisgah—the place where God instructed Moses in Deuteronomy 3:27 to go and merely view the promised land since, because of disobedience, he would never be permitted to enter it.
Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, that calls me from a world of care and bids me at my Father’s throne make all my wants and wishes known! In seasons of distress and grief my soul has often found relief, and oft escaped the tempter’s snare by thy return, sweet hour of prayer.
Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, thy wings shall my petition bear to Him whose truth and faithfulness engage the waiting soul to bless; and since He bids me seek His face, believe His Word and trust His grace, I’ll cast on Him my ev’ry care, and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer.
Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer, may I thy consolation share, till from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height I view my home and take my flight: This robe of flesh I’ll drop, and rise to seize the everlasting prize, and shout, while passing thru the air, “Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer.”