Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on November 10 , 2019
Passage: Hebrews 6:18-20
This Sunday, Mike reminded us that life is filled with storms and our soul will drift without a strong anchor. In Hebrews 6:18-20, we are encouraged to anchor our souls to the following truths: God is trustworthy, heaven is ahead, and Jesus is the way.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Are the storms of life beating against your soul to the point where your soul could be prone to drift from hope? If so, would you be open to share this with the group and receive the group’s encouragement and prayers?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In the New Testament, we see countless reminders that our hope for a better is anchored in the character and promises of Jesus. In Matthew 8:23-27, we see Jesus in a boat asleep while the storm rages above deck where His disciples were struggling and frightened. This story teaches us many things about our journey in this world as we head to our eternal home as believers in heaven. Read the story below and answer the questions below.
Matthew 8:23-27 (ESV)
23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
- In verse 23, were the disciples of Jesus doing anything wrong before they faced the storm? Do you think some believers think that obeying and following Jesus will result in a comfort-filled and stress-free life? Is that reality?
- In verse 24, the storm was raging but Jesus was quiet. Have you ever experienced a difficult time in life where it seemed that God was silent? Is it fair to equate God’s silence with a lack of concern or awareness on His part?
- According to verses 25-26, what was the overriding emotion of the disciples in the midst of the chaotic storm? What was the greater issue according to Jesus, the size of the storm or the size of their faith?
- According to verse 27, what question arose among the disciples after they experienced the storm and heard the words of Jesus? As a result, what do you think they learned about Jesus’ character?
- Compare the beginning, middle, and end of the voyage across the Sea of Galilee from the disciples point of view. How does their voyage compare to the journey that each of us as followers of Jesus are experiencing?
2. From the message this past Sunday, which truth does your soul need to anchor to the most right now in your life: God is trustworthy, Heaven is ahead, or Jesus is the way?
3. What can you learn from the following passage about how you should live knowing that you will go to heaven one day?
1 Peter 2:11 (ESV)
11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.
Hebrews 11:15-16 (ESV)
15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (ESV)
16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
Colossians 3:2 (ESV)
2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Philippians 3:14 (ESV)
14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is your biggest takeaway from this sermon and study?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?