Thursday, October 2, 2014

LifeWay Explore the Bible: Secured with Confidence

How confident are people today in believing that Jesus truly makes a difference? Do believers feel as if they can approach God with confidence? If not, why? What should that confidence be based upon, and what should it look like? These are just a few of the questions the LifeWay Explore the Bible: Secured with Confidence study will focus upon as we learn together what it means that Jesus Christ is The High Priest.

Keep your study focused on the main goal as you discuss the following:

  • The role of the Old Testament high priest. Avoid making your study a history lesson about the role of the high priest. Use the information to help contrast Jesus as The High Priest. You could eat up a lot of time on the history and miss the point of the study.
  • The mysterious Old Testament priest, Melchizedek (Hebrews 5:6): Genesis 14:18-20 describes Melchizedek as both a priest of the Most High God and the king of Salem. He was both a priest and a king. Psalm 110:4 is quoted in part in Hebrews 5:6, which leads us to conclude that it pointed to the coming eternal High Priest and King -- Jesus Christ. More about Melchizedek will be explored in later sessions, so avoid spending too much time trying to clear up what theologians have sought to understand for centuries!
The statement that best sums up what you will want to help adults learn is found in either the Explore the Bible Adult Personal Study Guide, page 60, or the Young Adult Personal Study Guide, page 59:
Christ makes it possible for humans to approach the Father with confidence. He knows our limits and deepest needs, and is ready to give us His grace and strength. By showing God’s grace and mercy to others, we demonstrate [our confidence in] Christ to a watching world.
Here are a few videos you might want to consider using:

Use to focus attention (LOOK UP).

Consider using to close out the study.

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