Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on January 20, 2019
Passage: Hebrews 10:19-25
This Sunday, Mike continued our series in Hebrews by showing us the importance of being connected to other believers.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Who is the biggest encourager in your life? Give an example of something they do that encourages you.
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In the message Sunday, Mike talked about the fact that God accepts me because of Jesus’ sacrifice rather than my performance. What encouragement can you draw from the following verses about God’s acceptance?
Colossians 1:21-22 (ESV)
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,
Romans 8:38-39 (ESV)
38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (ESV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
- Why do we sometimes feel like we have to earn our way into God’s favor and presence? How do the above verses challenge that way of thinking?
- Which of the these verses gives you the most encouragement whenever it comes to approaching God in prayer and worship?
2. In the message, Mike also talked about the influence that our closest friends have in our lives. What do the following verses say about their influence?
Proverbs 13:20 (ESV)
20 Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.
1 Corinthians 15:33 (ESV)
33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
Hebrews 3:12-14 (ESV)
12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.
- Can you think of a time when a good friend helped you make a good decision that you wouldn’t have made otherwise?
- Is peer pressure mostly good or bad in your life? What can you do to make sure that you keep positive peer pressure in your life?
3. All of us are busy to some degree. Each day we are faced with choices about what gets kept in our schedule and what gets squeezed out of our schedules. Receiving encouragement in our lives must be intentional because it doesn’t come naturally from the culture and world in which we live. What do the following verses teach us about our need for encouragement?
1 Thessalonians 5:14 (ESV)
14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (ESV)
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Proverbs 12:25 (ESV)
25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
- How are you intentionally encouraging others closest to you?
- Are you consistently placing yourself in environments where you are encouraged to follow Jesus? If not, what steps can you take to make that happen?
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?