Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on September 9, 2018
Passage: Hebrews 2:5-18
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
1. Have you ever started a diet program, educational pursuit, gym membership, or other worthwhile pursuit only to give up before you were finished? What cause you to stop?
2. The writer of Hebrews was writing to persecuted believers who were thinking about giving up on Jesus and going back to Judaism. In chapter 10, we will learn that many had lost their homes and possessions because of their commitment to Jesus. Has following Jesus ever cost you anything?
3. This Sunday, Mike continued our series in Hebrews by showing us reasons why we shouldn’t give up on following Jesus. Were there any parts of the message that especially challenged you, confused you, or caught your attention?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. This Sunday, Mike talked about our reward in the “world to come” for our faithfulness to Jesus in this present world. The writer of Hebrews explained that part of that reward will include ruling with Jesus over the world to come. What did Jesus, Himself, say in the following verses about rewards for serving Him faithfully and what did He say about when we would be rewarded?
Luke 14:13-14 (ESV)
13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
Luke 6:35 (ESV)
35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
Luke 12:33 (ESV)
33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.
Matthew 5:11-12 (ESV)
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
- Why are believers so easily tempted to look for reward in this life more than the world to come?
- What keeps you giving and serving Jesus faithfully even though you may not receive immediate rewards?
2. In Hebrews 2:10-17, the writer took several verses to explain the sacrifice and suffering that Jesus experienced in order to bring us into God’s family and give us a a new identity. What can we learn about our new identity in Christ from the following verses in the book of Colossians?
Colossians 1:13-14 (ESV)
13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
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,
Colossians 2:9-14 (ESV)
9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
- When are you most tempted to forget your identity as a child of God?
- What encouragement do you get from the fact that God can take Jesus’ suffering and use it for our good and His glory? What encouragement does that give you for what God can do for you in your troubles?
3. In Hebrews 2:18, the writer says that one of the ways that Jesus helps us stay faithful to Him in this fallen world is to assist us when we undergo temptation. What do the following verses say about we can endure temptation?
1 Corinthians 15:33 (ESV)
33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
Luke 22:40 (ESV)
40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
Psalm 119:11 (ESV)
11 I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
1 Corinthians 6:18 (ESV)
18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.
- What is the biggest piece of advice you would give a new believer for standing strong against temptation?
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?