Lesson 12: November 19, 2017
Mediator of the New Covenant: Hebrews 12:14-15, 18-29
Teaching Strategy: Explore current examples that point to humankind’s lack of holiness. Invite participants to share personal experiences – times when they felt awe and fear in encounters with God and times when they felt the saving grace of Christ drawing them close to God.
The scripture lesson describes human encounters with God as terrifying because of God’s pure holiness and awesome power. God is “a consuming fire” (v. 28) that purifies the sin of an unholy people. Yet believers experience God’s grace and forgiveness and are able to draw near to God through Christ who is the mediator of a new covenant.
In what ways does gathering for worship help believers to enter into the presence of our holy, loving God? How is the experience of worship affected by contemporary culture and current events?
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- Mulling over Soli Gloria Dei on the Reformation’s Anniversary
- Sermon Worship Service for Climate Justice 12 November 2017, Bonn, Germany
Fall 2017 Theme: Covenant
Unifying Principle: Humans desire to experience a power greater than themselves, but do not always realize that drawing near to such needed power can be an awesome prospect. How can people approach such a power without being consumed? The psalmist affirms that God allows humans to approach the Divine; the writer of Hebrews proclaims that Jesus provides the means of boldly approaching the presence of God.
Posted on: November 13, 2017, by : Sharon Harris-Ewing