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Preparing for the Sermon - Hebrews 13:20-21

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Prepare your heart for the Sermon by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together hearing God's Word.

You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and prayerfully seeking wisdom to deepen your understanding of the passage to be preached this Sunday.

Carefully Think

  • Read Hebrews 13:20-21 Are there any clue(s) in the text that displays a shift in discussion? If so, what are they?
  • How is God described in verse 20?
  • What did God do to the great Shepherd?
  • What is the eternal covenant?
  • How is the covenant eternal?
  • What does the text mean by “through the blood…”?
  • What does the author request God would do on behalf of his people?
  • What does the author ask God would equip his people with?
  • What does this passage reveal about the things that are of God’s will?
  • Who is the one described as accomplishing the work in us to please God?
  • Why is Christ mentioned in verse 21?
  • What is due to Christ according to this passage?

Prayerfully Meditate

  • Why might the author use the title shepherd here for Christ?
  • How from the book of Hebrews have we seen that God is indeed a God of peace? How is this true even in these verses?
  • How does this passage function like a prayer?
  • Who’s blood is the blood of the eternal covenant? Why is his blood so significant?
  • How comprehensive are the works that the author prays his people would be equipped for?
  • What does this teach us about praying big prayers?
  • What is the intended purpose of this equipping?
  • Why is it significant that the Lord accomplishes this work and not us?