Thursday, October 30, 2014

LifeWay Explore the Bible: The Perfect Offering

Because Christ’s offering was the perfect offering, we can offer our lives to Him by loving the lost, encouraging believers, and enduring hardships. We can serve Him with pure hearts and with clear consciences because He is our Mediator. This is the focus of the LifeWay Explore the Bible study for this week.

To avoid repetition from last week's study and to provide a transition toward the study next week on faith, I have tweaked the original teaching plans and Scripture focus.
This is one of those plans that probably provides more than what you could possibly teach during a single session. While I have tried to summarize the teaching plan as much as possible, there is still a lot to discuss. Please prayerfully consider how you will communicate truth so that everyone can be involved in the learning process.

Here are some thoughts to help you as you prepare to teach:
  • In addition to Hebrews 9:11-15 the teaching plan references the following verses: Hebrews 10:1-4; Hebrews 10:19-25; Hebrews 10:32-35 and Hebrews 10:39.
  • There is a series of PowerPoint slides you can print to display or show. If you prefer, you can simply write the words on a markerboard. The teaching plan keys off of the words on each slide. Click here to download the PowerPoint.
  • There is a video that focuses on the LOOK OUT portion of the study. The video presents the Hebrews 10:19-25 passages. Click here to preview the video.
  • The teaching plan provides a couple of historical reviews from the Old Testament. Please avoid making the study a history lesson. The reviews are intended to set the context and to drive home an understanding of all Christ did and is doing for us. I would summarize the historical context in this way:
The Old Testament points us to God’s grace, justice, love, mercy, and holiness. 
 Jesus not only changed the history of the world by His work on the cross, He not only did away with the need of the sacrificial system and the earthly tabernacle, but He has changed the way we can relate to Him. He also changes the destiny of believers’ lives.
(ETB Leader Commentary)

If you need training for your Bible study group leaders, check out the 4:12 Network. If you need further information about curriculum, see the Explore the Bible page. Receive the Explore the Bible teaching helps and other regular 4:12 blog posts by submitting your email address in the Receive Blog Updates by Email box to the right.

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