Group Resources
May 10, 2015

Hebrews 13:7-19

This Week’s Take Home Truth: 

“Till God’s kingdom is consummated, Christians are to demonstrate acceptable worship in their actions and attitudes…”

This Week’s Resources:

What does it mean to live the New Covenant Life? One thing is certain, the Old Covenant made it clear what was expected of God’s people. The Law told the Israelites what to eat, when to eat, how to eat, what to wear, how to address strangers, how to handle tricky family situations, and so much more! In fact, the Law consists of 613 statutes that formed the moral and legal foundation for the nation.

Sometimes, in the age of grace, we can reach the conclusion that the Law was cancelled, done away with, and now we are free to live life as we please. No longer are we held to the restrictions of legalism, we are free!

While that philosophy sounds good and will sell books, it isn’t biblical. The New Covenant provides many guidelines of how Christians should interact with one another and with the Lord. Unlike the Law, which served as a gatekeeper to the Lord, the New Covenant is one of grace and mercy. As God’s people, we should obey not out of obligation, but because of our love for the Lord and our thanksgiving for what He has a accomplished for us on the Cross.

This week we examine several additional qualities of the New Life as we continue through Hebrews 13.


  • Looking back at your notes from this week’s sermon, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
  • How does constant change impact your family, your faith, and you personally?
  • What does worship mean to you? How would you describe worship that is pleasing to God?

Read the Text (Hebrews 13:7-19)

With the end in view, the writer to the Hebrews is wrapping up his sermonic letter with several bullet point instructions on how to live as Christians under the New Covenant. Included is an important doctrinal teaching regarding Jesus Christ and a broad definition of how Christians should worship God. This can be summarized in one word–sacrifice. Read Hebrews 13:7-9.

Digging Deeper

  • In verse 13:8, the writer states, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” What is the significance of this statement?
  • What does the warning in verse 13:9 have to do with the foundational teaching in verse 13:8?
  • As review, identify the Seven Qualities of a New Covenant Life outlined in Hebrews 12:28-13:9.
  1. Brotherly love (v.1).
  2. Hospitable to strangers (v. 2).
  3. Compassionate towards those in prison and the mistreated (v. 3).
  4. Sexual and moral purity (v. 4).
  5. Contented with God’s provision (v. 5).
  6. Follow the godly example of leadership (v. 7).
  7. Firmly grounded in the Word of God (v. 9).
  • Hebrews 13:10 points to a uniquely Christian altar. Based on your understanding of the New Covenant, what is the Christian altar?
  • In Hebrews 13:13-16, the writer identifies sacrifice as a key part of our worship that is pleasing to God. What role does sacrifice play in our new life?
  • How can we fulfill a life of sacrifice in a world that seems to run in the opposite direction from this biblical concept?

Concluding Thoughts

Using the truths from this week’s lesson, take a few minutes to write a personal prayer list to review this week. Let verse 8 get you started:

Dear Lord,

Thank You that You are the same yesterday, today, and forever. Thank You that You don’t change, that You remain the same, that You’re someone I can count on. Thank You for…

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