Sermon Discussion Questions

Thanks for these questions, Matt Henderson!

David Foster Wallace stated the each of us think that we are the center of the universe, “what could be better than me?” This contrasts to a series of comparisons the author of Hebrews made showing Jesus as better than everything else. Do you struggle with putting yourself and your desires at the center of the universe? Has the study of Hebrews helped you fight this temptation? If so, how?

Do the washing rituals the priests performed in the Old Testament seem excessive to you? Why or why not?

Hebrews says that Christ is a better tabernacle. What were some of the ways people have related the tabernacle to God’s eternal dwelling in Heaven? Do you have any additional ideas? Based on Scripture, which seems to be the best way to understand this relationship?

Hebrews says that Christ provides a better way to deal with a guilty conscience. What were the three ways that people tend to deal with their guilty consciences apart from Christ? Which of these have you observed in others or struggled with yourself?

What is the problem with simply doing away with a guilty conscience?

Hebrews says that Christ is a better sacrifice. How did Christ take upend the role of the Old Testament priest?

“Christ really died for me” was the reaction of the convert after Billy Graham’s talk about the blood of Christ. It is easy to glance over this important truth. How can we take it to heart?