Drawing Near to God

Hebrews 9:1-14 | Sermon Resources | 21 January 2024

Sermon Summary

Pastor Billy continues in our Hebrews sermon series coming this week to Hebrews 9:1-14.  In the sermon we will consider three biblical truths that should spur us to draw near to God.

Discussion Question

1. Why do you think we often struggle to pray?  Do you think the problem is more external (i.e. the busyness of our lives) or internal (i.e. our own hearts)? 


2. Looking at the description of the temple in verses 1-5, what aspects of the temple:

  • Most demonstrate God’s gracious character?
  • Most draw you to God in worship?
  • Most confuse you? 

3. In the sermon Pastor Billy said that we need to have not just a sense of the greatness of God but also a sense of the graciousness of God in order to be drawn to him in worship.  How has God’s grace to you led you to worship him?


4. What is the significance of the rituals performed by the priests in the first and second section of the temple?

5. Reflect on the idea that the sacrifices offered under the old covenant could not perfect the conscience of the worshiper (v.9). What does this imply about the limitations of the old covenant?  How does Jesus provide a better way?


6. In what ways does the comparison between the earthly tent and the greater and more perfect tent (v.11) help us understand the work of Christ?

7. Explore the idea of Jesus entering “once for all into the holy places” with his own blood. What does this communicate about the completeness and sufficiency of his sacrifice?

8. Pastor Billy suggested 3 points of application:

  • Pray humbly.
  • Pray boldly.
  • Pray communally.

In which of these three areas would you most like to grow?  How so?

9.Thinking about one person in your life, what is one thought or idea from this week’s sermon you could share with them to encourage them?


“Now the outward face of the temple in its front … was covered all over with plates of gold of great weight, and, at the first rising of the sun, reflected back a very fiery splendor, and made those who forced themselves to look upon it to turn their eyes away, just as they would have done at the sun’s own rays.” — Josephus, Jewish Wars 5.5.6

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