WORTH IT – Jesus Wants Me to Sprint to the Finish
Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on March 3, 2019
Passage: Hebrews 12:18-29
This Sunday, Mike continued our study through the book of Hebrews by looking at how we can combat the things that drain our passion for Jesus.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
1. What drains you the most? What energizes you the most?
2. Have you ever begun a project or task with great enthusiasm that later you didn’t complete because you couldn’t keep that initial passion? What happened?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In the message Sunday, Mike talked about how we lose our passion for following Jesus when we stop looking at His Word and obeying what He says. The following passages reveal the positive influence the Word of God can have in our lives when we are receptive to it. Make a list of all the things you can find that are benefits of being focused on and obedient to God’s Word.
Proverbs 2:1-10 (ESV)
1 My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, 2 making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; 3 yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, 4 if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, 5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, 8 guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. 9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; 10 for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Psalm 1:1-3 (ESV)
1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
2 Timothy 3:14-17 (ESV)
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
- Have you experienced any of these benefits in your life?
- What changes to your daily habits and routine could you make to experience even more of these benefits?
2. Another major source of “passion drain” in our race occurs when we try to pay God back for the grace He’s given us. Instead of seeing God’s grace as a loan that has to be repaid, the writer of Hebrews says that we should instead “be grateful” concerning the gift of grace we receive from God. When we try to turn God’s grace towards us into a business transaction, we will fight a losing battle. What insights can you glean from the following verses regarding how believers should approach the grace of God?
Romans 11:35-36 (ESV)
35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
Romans 15:18 (ESV)
18 For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed,
1 Corinthians 15:10 (ESV)
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.
- According to these verses, what actually our salvation, our service, our identity, and even our gratitude? Is it the grace of God or my own strength, wisdom, and goodness?
- Throughout all eternity, do you think we will ever reduce the debt “owed” to God or do you think we will just go ever deeper in debt to grace as we serve Him?
3. The author of Hebrews warns us to live with the proper reverence and awe because “our God is a consuming fire.” Likely, some of these believers had begun to take lightly their approach to worship and service because they lost sight of God’s holiness and wrath toward sin. They were forgetting how big God’s grace towards them really was. As a result, their passion for running the race before them was diminishing. Which characteristic of God found in the following passages do we too often lose sight of?
Revelation 6:10 (ESV)
10 They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”
Psalm 37:40 (ESV)
40 The LORD helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in him.
1 John 1:5 (ESV)
5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
- What do you think the writer of Hebrews meant when he said that “our God is a consuming fire”?
- How do the above verses help you understand God’s nature as it relates to His holiness? How does 1 John 2:2 encourage you in light of God’s holiness and judgment of sin?
TAKE IT HOME
1. Looking back at this week’s teaching and study, is there one thing you’d especially like to remember this week?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?