The Heart of Christ

Hebrews 4:14-5:10 | Sermon Resources | 5 November 2023

Sermon Summary

In the sermon this week, Pastor Billy explores what is for many, if not a missing piece of the gospel, certainly a neglected piece of the gospel–an understanding of the heart of Christ. If we are to really, “with confidence draw near to the throne of grace,” we must first be convinced of the goodness of Jesus’ heart toward us.

Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions

  1. Read Mark 1:11. Why is it important to understand that because we are in Christ, God not only loves us but he likes us? In other words, why is it important for us to grasp that God’s heart is for us? 
  2. What does this passage reveal about the heart of Jesus for sinners and sufferers like us? What was surprising or new in the passage for you on this topic of the heart of Jesus?
  3. Would you say your life is characterized by confidently drawing near to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4:16)? Why or why not?
  4. What truths or ideas in this passage might propel you (or empower you) to boldly and confidently “draw near to the throne of grace”?
  5. When in your life have you experienced true sympathy from someone or when have you been able to extend true sympathy to someone? How is sympathy different than just understanding what someone is going through?
  6. In the midst of our sin and weakness we often feel isolated and cut off, but this passage tells us that Jesus is able to sympathize and deal gently with us in the midst of our sin. How might a fuller grasp of the heart of Jesus better equip us in our battle against sin in our lives?
  7. Looking at everything this passage says, what does it mean that Jesus is our great high priest? What do you find most encouraging about this idea of Jesus being our priest?
  8. According to this passage, what is the connection between Melchizedek and Jesus? 
  9. What is one thing you will do as a result of studying this passage?

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