08: Christ, Our Priest – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Christ, Our Priest November 20, 2013]

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1. We have a high priest. Would our church be accepted by more people if we had priests over us? Why or why not? Why was Christ inaugurated as the high priest after, not before, His crucifixion? Since Christ is God, how can you and I, being the mere mortals that we are, understand how Christ stands at the right hand of God? How does Jesus’ ministry as [...]

07: Christ, Our Sacrifice – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Christ, Our Sacrifice November 13, 2013]

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1. Substitution. Have you ever been a teacher or held another position where your work was essential that if you couldn’t be there, a substitute had to be found? Does that substitute sometimes prove to be of lesser ability? By contrast, in what ways is Jesus the infinitely superior substitute? What part do humility and obedience play in the substitution of His death for ours? What concept of [...]

06: Day of Atonement – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Day of Atonement November 6, 2013]

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1. Our High Priest.  Who were the only two human participants in the Day of Atonement? Why were the other priests required to leave the immediate area? Can you think of at least one reason why the priest performed every ritual alone? What did the laying aside of his ornamental and symbolic clothing stand for? Is there a spiritual significance to his garment being made of [...]

05: Atonement: Purification Offering – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Atonement: Purification Offering October 30, 2013]

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1. What redeems us. We sing “redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.” Do the molecules and other ingredients that make up the blood of a lamb redeem us? What does? Why did God point the people to the ritual of slaying a lamb to represent the elements of forgiveness and redemption? Why didn’t he choose a calf? Or a kitten?

2. Tekoa. How does the place known as [...]

04: Lessons From the Sanctuary – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Lessons From the Sanctuary October 23, 2013]

1. “Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them.” Exodus 25:8 NASB. Just a dozen words, but think of the answers we would have found to the following questions if we’d been in the group: Who are we building this sanctuary for? Why? Who’s going to build it? Why do we need it? Why do we have to build it? Couldn’t God just create a sanctuary? In [...]

03: Sacrifices – Thought Starters
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The Joy of Sacrifice

[Thought questions for Sacrifices October 16, 2013]

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1. We will return. Three days and many steps after God’s command to offer his son, Abraham stood where he could see the mountain. It was here Abraham puts a voice to his own faith as he speaks to the two young men who came with them. God would, indeed, provide. Gen. 22:5 He told them that he AND the lad [...]

02: Heaven on earth – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Heaven on Earth October 9, 2013]

Prayer, like incense, ascending to God

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1. Corporate prayer. Offering incense may have been a once-in -a-lifetime experience for Zechariah. He would spend a week ministering in the temple. It was in the temple that he would burn incense. The smoke would go upward as a reminder that the prayers of the people would go to the dwelling place of God. Zechariah had [...]

01: The Heavenly Sanctuary – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Heavenly Sanctuary October 2, 2013]

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Part I

Portrait of Love. Two German brothers in the 15th century planned to rise above the poverty that threatened to destroy their dream. With 18 children, parental help was highly unlikely. The plan sent Albert to work in the mines to support Albrecht, who would attend a fine art school. When Albrecht completed his studies, he would return the favor by supporting Albert’s education; however, when [...]

13: God’s Mission Completed – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Promised Revival: God's Mission Completed September 25, 2013]

1. Up, Up, and Away. Billions of dollars have been spent over the years to explore space. The stated purposes vary from wanting to find other inhabitable worlds due to solve an over-populated earth to discovering new energy sources. Both Christians and non-Christians believe there is more to the universe than instruments or travel can discover. Some, however, are a bit skeptical. It [...]

12: Healing Broken Relationships – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Reformation: Healing Broken Relationships September 18, 2013]

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1. After the crash. Imagine that you’re a professional cake decorator and are just now putting the finishing touches on a cream-colored four-layer cake with an intricate pattern and pretty red roses made of icing when there’s a loud crash and wooden boards begin falling from the ceiling–one of them smashing across your lovely cake. It’s gone. Or is there a way to assemble the [...]