Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on November 11, 2018
Passage: Hebrews 8:8-13
This Sunday, Mike continued our series in Hebrews showing us how the New Covenant is better than the Old Covenant and how Jesus is a game changer for us.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
1. What was your worst subject in school? Did you ever have a tutor growing up for school?
2. What technology has become obsolete over your lifetime?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In the message Sunday, Mike talked about how Jesus makes obedience possible because we have the presence of the Holy Spirit in us. Read the following verses and answer the questions below.
Philippians 2:12-13 (ESV)
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
- According to verse 13, what is God currently doing in you as a believer? What new desires (“will”) has the Spirit given you since walking with Jesus? What tasks (“work”) within the church has the Spirit enabled you to do?
- What is the biggest change that has taken place in your heart so far since coming to know Christ?
2. In the New Covenant, Jesus makes God personal rather than distant. In verse 10, the author says, “I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” What do the following verses tell us about the personal nature of God now that Jesus has come ?
John 14:16-17 (ESV)
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
Romans 8:15-17 (ESV)
15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
- Does God always seem or feel close and personal to you? Do you think God ever distances Himself from you as one of His children?
- What habits have you installed in your life that show you have a personal rather than distant relationship with God?
3. When Jesus came, He made the forgiveness of God permanent for His children. How does 1 John 2:1-2 reassure you, especially when you are struggling with guilt over a sin you have committed?
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?