Daily Bible Studies & Sermon Notes

A Clean Conscience
Pastor Steve Schell
Hebrews 9:1-14
The infinite Son of God has died for the enormous, but less than infinite, sin of the human race. What He has done removes all need for us to try through “dead works” to earn our acceptance with God. The phrase “dead works” powerfully expresses the hopelessness that religious rituals or for that matter any and every attempt to earn God’s favor can ever provide the atonement we need. They are dead, lifeless, powerless to save. Dead works, no matter how well-intended, leave us with a conscience that still feels guilty. It seems we can never do enough to remove the shame. We always fall short in our own eyes and feel unworthy to draw near to God. But when we grasp who it is who died for us and how completely His sacrifice has removed our guilt, then we are set free to draw near and minister to God as priests ourselves. Now all are invited into heaven’s Holy of Holies.
1. Review
a) My sin (Son)
b) My weakness (Spirit)
c) My will (Father)
Not only have you been brought to the Father, but the Father has been brought to you.

2. Read: Hebrews 9:1-14
Note: verse 14 “cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God”

3. Compare
a) Constant sacrifices (v 6) – vs 25, 26; 10:2, 3, 11, 12, 14, 18
b) Sinful priests (v 7) – v 14; 7:26
c) Sins committed in ignorance (v 7) – v 12; 7:27
d) God distant from people (v 8) – vs 11, 24; 6:19, 20
e) Troubled conscience (v 9) – v 14; 10:2, 22
f) Ritual uncleanness (v 10) – v 14
g) Earthly tent (v 11) – vs 11, 24
h) Animal blood (v 12) – vs 12, 14
Note: Hebrews 10:19-22

4. Bold Children
The Father wants us to be bold children. Not only is His forgiveness “once for all” through Christ, but His gift of Himself is also “once for all.” It is an accomplished fact, not something we earn in stages.

By bringing us “near” to God (He 4:16; 7:19, 25; 10:1, 22, 25) Jesus has given us permission to access all the resources of God. Do we need healing, guidance, provision, protection, companionship, deliverance, gladness, peace, love, hope…? We need do nothing more to gain these. They are already ours in Christ. Our challenge is to stop listening to the “accuser of the brethren” (Rev 12:10) and to listen to the Word of God. If we do, we’ll stop shrinking away from God in shame, or begging and bargaining in prayer, or doubting that God wants to use us in ministry, or be gripped by fear over our advancing age and impending death.

We will grow:
a) Bold in prayer: confident of His love
• Prayer isn’t convincing God to help us, it’s receiving what has already been given to us.
• John 11:42; 15:7
• 1 John 5:14, 15
• 1 Corinthians 3:21-23; Ro 8:32
• Isaiah 53:4, 5 (grief, sorrow, transgressions, disease)

b) Bold in ministry: confident of His commitment to help
• He’s for us, not against us.
• John 15:15, 16
• Matthew 28:20
• 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 We don’t rely on ourselves, but the gifts of the Spirit working through us.

c) Bold in worship: confident of His closeness
• Because of Christ, there is no anger. We are always welcomed as beloved children.
• Matthew 27:50-53 He tore the veil
• Hebrews 10:19-22; 6:19, 20

d) Bold in death: confident He’s waiting on the other side.
• We have an assurance based on the resurrection of Christ.
• Philippians 1:20-26
• 2 Timothy 4:6-8
• Matthew 10:28-31
• Luke 21:17-19
• 1 Peter 3:21, 22 “an appeal to God for a good conscience…”

5. Questions
1. All of us experience doubts and accusations before we pray, minister or worship. The devil desperately tries to steal our confidence. How do you deal with this? Give an example.
2. Share a time when you prayed with great boldness.

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