Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on September 2, 2018
Passage: Hebrews 1:1-14, 2:1-4
QUICK REVIEW: This Sunday, Mike kicked off our journey through the book of Hebrews by teaching that following Jesus is worth it. Were there any parts of the message that especially challenged you, confused you, or caught your attention?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
1. When did you first come to the realization that following Jesus was worth it? Has your belief that Jesus is worth following ever been challenged?
2. Of the three pressures that Mike talked about – Internal (flesh, self), External (culture, acceptance), Life (tragedies, problems, relationships) – which tempts you the most to drift or detour away from following Jesus?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. This Sunday, Mike described how Jesus is God’s final word to us for life. While the Old Testament is true, it’s incomplete. The Old Testament contains types, ceremonies, and prophecies that pointed to the coming of Jesus Christ. What can we learn from the following verses about Jesus being the fulfillment of all the Old Testament promises?
Matthew 5:17 (ESV)
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
1 Peter 1:10-12 (ESV)
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.
Hebrews 1:1-3 (ESV)
1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
- A simple way to think of the Old and New Testaments is this: The Old Testament is promise; The New Testament is fulfillment. God revealed Himself to the Nation of Israel and then to all nations in progressive fashion. Without the Old Testament, the New Testament would be confusing. Without the New Testament, Old Testament would be incomplete. Why is Bible Study a frustrating venture if you don’t end up at the feet of Jesus?
- Based on the above verses, do you think that any new revelation or prophecy given by men or angels after the New Testament era had completed is valid? How does 2 Peter 1:3 and Galatians 1:7-9 help us answer this question?
2. The Jews held angels in high regard, even slipping into angel worship. The writer of Hebrews makes it clear that only Jesus is worthy of their worship. In the following verses, what is Jesus doing and what are the angels doing in each verse? What might your findings indicate about who and how we should worship?
Hebrews 1:13-14 (ESV)
13 And to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
Revelation 5:11-12 (ESV)
11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,
12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”
3. One of the strategies that the enemy uses to keep us from faithfully following Jesus is subtle distractions. How might the following passages help us obey Hebrews 2:1 which says, “we must pay careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard so that we do not drift away.” How can the following passages help us stay tethered closely to Christ each day?
Psalm 119:9-11 (ESV)
9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. 10 With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! 11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Psalm 119:15-16 (ESV)
15 I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways. 16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV)
24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Colossians 4:2-6 (ESV)
2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— 4 that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. 6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
- Which strategy are you currently using to help you stay committed to following Christ and not drifting?
TAKE IT HOME
1. What is one reason why you believe Jesus is worth following day by day?
2. Do you have any prayer requests for your group?