Sunday School Material 11-19-17: Mediator of the New Covenant

(Hebrews 12:14, 15, 18-29; 11/19/17)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that the people of God are called to get along with one another and worship God. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to get along with one another and worship God today.

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Read Hebrews 12:14,15,18-21

I. The Terrifying Mountain. In our Sunday School material, the readers are urged to live at peace with everyone and to be holy. They are urged to keep bitter roots from growing. The readers are reminded of the former forbidden mountain experience.

Applications -

- Getting along with one another. Notice in vss. 14-15 that the readers were called to live at peace with everyone, as holy people. This was as opposed to allowing bitter roots to grow, which cause trouble and defile many.

First, as believers, we should strive to live at peace with everyone. This means not only an absence of hostility but seeking the well-being of one another. This calls for humility and working as a team.

Second, in this context being holy means to essentially live above reproach. We send contradictory messages when we claim to be Christians and cannot get along with one another.

Third, we are to stop bitter roots from growing. The best thing to do with hard feelings that are not simply going away is to lovingly and respectfully talk with the person whom we have an issue with.

The devil loves for us to be upset with one another. But God is calling us to live at peace. Let’s work on getting along with everyone, in obedience to the Lord.

- The need for evangelism. Notice in vss. 18-21 that God is an awesome God. If it were not for the grace of God, we would still be in the situation described in this text. Our sins separate us from the blessings of God.

Furthermore, our unsaved loved ones are still in this state. Therefore, we should give extra effort to helping people get saved, so they can move past keeping their distance from an awesome God to drawing near to a loving God.

Let’s work on evangelism, so more people will know God’s love, instead of just His power. Inviting and bringing people with us to worship and growth groups is a great start.  

Read Hebrews 12:22-29

II. The Blessed Mountain. The mountain of the Sunday School material is pictured as the city of God. Joyful angels, God the judge, and Jesus the mediator are mentioned. Warnings are given about refusing the message that God is sending. The worship of God is urged, since the readers are receiving an unshakable kingdom.

Applications -

- Jesus the mediator. Notice in vss. 22-24 that God is pictured as being the approachable Judge because of the mediation of Christ. Jesus is the only acceptable mediator – the go between for holy God and sinful humanity.

We can never live up to God’s standards without grace. And God cannot lower His standards and yet be holy. But through Christ, the holiness of God is satisfied at Calvary, and humanity finds the grace that we so desperately need. However, this only benefits us, if we accept Jesus as our savior by faith. Let’s make sure that we are saved and help others get saved as well. 

- Our names written on high. Notice in vs. 23 that the church is pictured in the city of the living God. The names of the people are written in heaven. The church is made of saved people. As saved people are names are written in the book of life. This should give us assurance and joy.

No one and nothing can erase our name. When this life is over, we have a building not made by the hands of people. Let’s live like we believe that our names are written on high. Such living should be known for joy, anticipation, and obedience.

- Don’t refuse the message. Notice in vs. 25 the urging to avoid refusing the message of God. There are too many people who behave as if they are refusing the message of God. Some refuse because they don’t like the messenger.

We should remember that the message is more important than the messenger. Think about how no matter how much you dislike the mail carrier, you receive the checks that they bring. Some refuse the message because they think they have a better message.

Proverbs 14:12 teaches that there is a way that seems right to a person but the ends there of are the ways of death. Let’s work on receiving and obeying God’s message, not matter who God sends the message through.

- Worshipping God. Notice in vss. 28-29 that the recipients of the unshakable kingdom are called to worship God in ways that are acceptable to Him. First, the kingdom is wherever the King rules. In this sense, as saved people, we already live in the kingdom of God because God is ruling our lives.

Second, God’s kingdom, rulership, is unshakable. This means, we don’t have to worry about God getting angry and forsaking the kingdom. Nor do we have to worry about the devil over throwing God’s kingdom. God has a plan, and He is working His plan.

Third, given God’s unshakable kingdom, we should worship Him in ways that are acceptable to Him. This calls for being thankful, being reverent, and being obedient.

We cannot be thankful or reverent enough to make God overlook our robbing Him of our time, talent, and tithes. Let’s work on worshipping God as those who have been richly blessed.

Conclusion: Let’s work on getting along with one another and worshipping God. God has much for those who obey His will. 

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