5 Steps to Prepare for Sunday

Each Monday morning, we will provide the passage in Hebrews to read during the week for the upcoming Sunday message, along with the worship playlist. Our prayer is that this enriches your experience with God's Word and worship during the week leading up to the time when we assemble as a community on Sunday morning. 

 

Week One (September 8)

1. Read Hebrews Chapter 1

2. Notice

There are two distinct sections to this chapter; the first deals with the authority and finality of God's speaking to us through the Son. Think over what it means in verse 3 when the writer says that the Son sustains all things by His powerful word. This is the theological concept of Providence. God is not only Creator but Sustainer.  As J.I. Packer writes in his book, Consise Theology, "The doctrine of providence teaches Christians that they are never in the grip of blind forces (fortune, chance, luck, fate); all that happens to them is divinely planned, and each event comes as a new summons to trust, obey, and rejoice, knowing that all is for one's spiritual and eternal good (Romans 8:28). In the second section, beginning at verse 5, we are brought into a divine conversation between Father and Son. "But about the Son he says, 'Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever.' " (verse 8). Meditate on the beauty of being let in on this Trinitarian planning and agreement within the Godhead.

3. Ask yourself:

  • What speaks to you in this passage?

4. Listen to the worship playlist:

  • Our God (Chris Tomlin)
  • Christ Be All Around Me (Shane and Shane)
  • The Word of God Has Spoken (Travis Cottrell)
  • and Meet Us Here, watch now on YouTube

5. Pray


Week Two (September 15)

1. Read Hebrews Chapter 2

2. Notice the themes of:

  • Paying attention (Hebrews 2:1-4)
  • Jesus becoming fully human, or the Incarnation (Hebrews 2:5-18)

3. Ask yourself:

  •       To what do I pay the most attention? Why?
  •       Why is it significant that Jesus was “made like them, fully human in every way” (Hebrews 2:17)?

4. Listen to the worship playlist.

  •       Psalm 100 (Chris Tomlin)
  •       Waiting Here for You (Christy Nockels)
  •       Goodness of God (Bethel)
  •       More Than Anything (Natalie Grant) watch now on NCC's YouTube Channel
  •       Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus/Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

5. Pray


Week Three (September 22)

1. Read Hebrews Chapter 3

2. Notice the themes of:

  • Jesus is called greater than Moses (Hebrews 3:1-6)
  • Following Jesus requires sustained commitment (Hebrews 3:7-8, 14-15)
  • Following Jesus is hindered by sin (Hebrews 3:12)

3. Ask yourself:

  • Why among the many significant people of faith God used throughout history would the author focus on Jesus being greater than Moses?
  • What practices does the author suggest prevent “sinful, unbelieving hearts" (Hebrews 3:12-14)?

4. Listen to the worship playlist.

  • Meet Us Here
  • Cornerstone
  • Jesus Paid It All
  • Build Your Kingdom Here
  • Yes I Will watch now on NCC's YouTube Channel

5. Pray

  • That God would meet us in our worship on Sunday
  • That God would speak to you through Hebrews 3
  • That God would show you how to live out what He has shown you


Week Four (September 29)

1. Read Hebrews 4:1-13

2. Notice the themes of:

  • The sabbath rest for the people of God
  • The power of the Word of God

3. Ask yourself:

  • What do you imagine the “Sabbath rest for the people of God” looks like? (v. 9)
  • Does our culture encourage or discourage sabbath rest?
  • When has the Word of God been alive for you? (v.12)

4. Listen to the worship playlist.

  • Let the Praises Ring
  • Jesus Messiah
  • All My Hope
  • Stand in Your Love
  • Love Has a Name

5. Pray

  • That God would give us a taste of His rest as we worship Him this Sunday
  • That the Word would come alive for all of us as we study and apply it   


Week Five (October 6)

1. Read Hebrews 4:14-5:10

2. Notice the theme of:

  • Typology-Old Testament foreshadowing of New Testament teachings about the work of Christ

3. Ask yourself:

  • What titles, images, and language illuminates the role of Jesus in our life?

4. Listen to the worship playlist.

  • Not to Us (Chris Tomlin)
  • Do It Again (Elevation Worship)
  • Come Alive (Dry Bones) (Lauren Daigle)
  • Old Rugged Cross (Traditional)
  • Alas and Did My Savior Bleed (Traditional)
  • Hosanna (Hillsong United)

5. Pray

  • That God would reveal the emerging connectedness of the Old and New Testaments
  • That God would give us fresh insight into the uniqueness of His sacrificial death for us


Week Six (October 13)

1. Read Hebrews 5:11-6:12

2. Notice the themes of:

  • What the elementary truths are (5:11-14)
  • What the writer says is impossible in 6:4-6 (This is often missed in the reading of this controversial passage)
  • What God notices (6:11-2)

3. Ask yourself:

  • Have I dug into God's truth so I have learned the basics and am ready to go deeper?
  • Have I been receptive to God's Word and is it producing fruit in my life?
  • Do I let myself feel God's pleasure over me as He notices the things I do for HIs glory?

4. Listen to the worship playlist.

  • Breathe on Us
  • Who You Say I Am
  • No Longer Slaves
  • Revelation Song
  • Sovereign Over Us

5. Pray, asking God:

  • What He is saying to you through this part of His living Word. 
  • What is He calling you to? To crave to go deeper? To hear His, "Well done?"


Week Seven (October 27)

1. Read Hebrews 6:13-7:28

2. Notice:

  • God makes promises to His people (Heb. 6:13-16).
  • Jesus is a permanent priest (Heb. 6:20; 7:3, 17, 21, 24, 25).
  • Jesus is the only, truly effective priest (Heb. 7:25).  

3. Ask yourself:

  • How is the priesthood of Jesus different than any other? 
  • What does His unique priesthood mean for us?

4. Listen to the songs we will be singing:

  • Open Up the Heavens (Meredith Andrews)
  • This Is Amazing Grace (Phil Wickham)
  • The Power of Your Name (Lincoln Brewster)

5. Pray:

  • Thank God for the access Jesus has gained us with God by entering into the “inner sanctuary behind the curtain ... on our behalf” (Heb. 6:19-20).  
  • Thank God for Jesus being a “high priest who truly meets our need ... once for all” (Heb. 7:26-27). 


Week Eight (November 3)

1. Read Hebrews 8

2. Notice:

  • How the author begins the chapter talking about "the main point."
  • The talk about the two 'covenants' in verse 7.  

3. Ask yourself:

  • What the main point of the author of the letter to the Hebrews is.
  • How Jesus is different from the Old Testament high priests.
  • What it means that Jesus is sitting down.  When does a person sit down? What does that symbolize?

4. Listen to the songs we will be singing:

  • Meet Us Here
  • Yes I Will
  • Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)
  • God Is Able
  • The Blood of Jesus Speaks for Me
  • O Praise the Name (Anastasis)

5. Pray, asking God:

  • How is what Jesus did different than what most people think of religion?
  • How is my life different because I form covenantal relationships rather than casual relationships?


Week Nine (November 10)

1. Read Hebrews 9

2. Notice:

  • How chapter 9 is a continuation and expansion of the ideas of Chapter 8.
  • The key idea that Jesus ended all sacrifice because He was the fulfillment of the old covenant sacrifices.

3. Ask yourself:

  • How was the sacrifice of Christ different than all the old covenant sacrifices?
  • How was it similar?

4. Listen to the songs we will be singing:

  • In The River                                  
  • Shout To The Lord
  • I Will Boast In Christ
  • Just As I Am (I Come Broken)
  • There Is Power In The Blood

5. Pray, asking God:

  • To show you how to live like you are "waiting for Him." (See verse 28)
  • To help you to see how completely God has taken away your sins.  


Week Ten (November 17)

1. Read Hebrews 10

2. Notice:

  • The sufficiency and finality of Christ’s sacrifice
  • The effects of being “made perfect forever” (Heb. 10:14), which are: the confidence to approach God (v.20,22) and the call to pursue holiness (26-31)

3. Ask yourself:

  • Do I feel the confidence approaching God the author says we can have?  Why or why not?
  • What is the source of true confidence according to Chapter 10 of Hebrews?


4. Listen to the songs we will be singing:

  • You Are Good (video below)
  • 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)
  • Oh Draw Me Lord
  • My Passion

5. Pray, asking God:

  • Ask God to show you what it looks like in your lived-out faith to persevere in the faith.  
  • Then, ask Him for the strength to do it.  


Week Eleven (November 24)

1. Read Hebrews 11

2. Notice the themes of:

  • The heroes of the faith, or what is called The Hall of Faith
  • The pattern of trust in God that is seen in these heroes

3. Ask yourself:

  • If your name was added to the Hall of Faith, what would it say of you?
  • When have you had a moment when you trusted God in a time of trial?
  • What would it look like for you to trust Him now with what you are facing?

4. Listen to the songs we will be singing.

  • God Is Here
  • God Is Able
  • Faithfulness
  • Do It Again
  • Trust In You

5. Pray:

  • That God would make you a person who could be added to the Hall of Faith! It can happen.  
  • That when God speaks over you one day, He will speak of you the way the writer speaks of these forerunners of faith.