Lesson 7: October 16, 2016

The Great High Priest: Hebrews 4:145:10

Teaching Strategy:  Because Christ is our high priest, we are bold in our intercessions on behalf of others. In Jesus’ name, we bring our own needs, as well as the sorrows of the world to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find God’s help in time of need. Ask participants to write down the names of people for whom they want to pray. Then offer prayers of intercession. For example,

God of grace and mercy,

We boldly approach your throne, for you have shown your live in giving Jesus Christ for the salvation of the world. We know you show compassion on all those who are in need, and by our prayers for others we, too, know your love and goodness. Especially we pray for: (pause after each intercession and invite participants to say aloud the names of people for whom they are praying)

  • those who are suffering in the wake of hurricane Matthew;
  • those who are in the hospital or at home recovering from sickness or injury;
  • those who live in war zones and cannot find safety;
  • those in the United States who are weighing a decision over who will lead our government for the next four years;
  • those who need comfort or renewed hope;
  • those who work for racial harmony and justice;
  • those who serve in the military;
  • the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our own lives and in our churches;

In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Note to teachers: In Lesson 5 the Unifying Principle focussed attention on Christ as “the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being” (Hebrews 1: 3).  Lesson 5 directed discussion toward attributes of Christian leadership based on Christ’s teaching and pattern of life.  In Lesson 7 we study Hebrews 4:14-5:10 and again look to Christ as a model for Christian leadership. In Lesson 7 the emphasis is on Christ’s as one who is able to “sympathize with our weaknesses” (4:15). The Unifying Principle for Lesson 7 emphasizes the qualities that inspire a godly person to serve in the best interests of the community, rather than serve his or her own best interests. In the same way that a Jewish High Priest intercedes to God on behalf of the people, Christ now intercedes to God on our behalf — this is why we are taught to pray “in Jesus’ name.”

Fall 2016 Theme: The Sovereignty of God

Lesson 7, Unifying Principle: Gifted leaders carry out specific responsibilities on behalf of the communities they serve. How are such leaders chosen? Jesus was appointed by God to serve as a high priest for the people.


Posted on: October 10, 2016, by : Tammy Wiens