The Joshua Victor Theory

Leaving the city, Going to the City

September 1, 2010

Sermon on Hebrews 13:9-16, about the earthly city we leave behind to follow Christ, and the migration to our Heavenly City.

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1. In what way are Christians called to leave behind their “earthly city?” See Hebrews 13:12-14; Eph. 2:18-19; John 17:14-16; Phil. 3:20

2. How were the sacrifices of the Old Testament and the work of the priests, imperfect and incomplete? What couldn’t they accomplish? Hebrews 9:11-28; Col. 2:16-17; What special duty did the High Priest perform once a year on the Day of Atonement? Leviticus 16. Why couldn’t the meat of the sacrifice be eaten on that day? Leviticus 6:30.

3. How was Jesus in death, like both the High Priest on the Day of Atonement, and also like the sacrifices burned outside the camp? How was He greater? John 1:29; Heb. 10:12. The entire book of Hebrews.

4. Why must we “go outside the camp” or leave our earthly city behind, to share in the reproach of Christ? What is there to be lost? To be gained?

5. How do we eat at the altar of Jesus? What do we receive there? Matt. 26:26-29; 1 Cor. 11:17-34; John 6:41-59

6. In what way are baptized believers called to be priests? 1 Peter 2:5; Rev. 1:6; 5:9-10. What are our acts of priestly service? Heb. 13:15-17; Rom. 12:1. What is a sacrifice of praise or thanksgiving about? Isaiah 63:7; Ps. 9:1, 11, 14.

7. Knowing that Jesus has secured our heavenly citizenship for us and blessed us with all the privileges of citizens of the kingdom, how should we live? Phil. 3:14; Heb. 3:1

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