Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on March 10, 2019
Passage: Hebrews 13:1-3
This Sunday, Mike continued our study through the book of Hebrews by looking at how we can utilize love to master our relationships within the church and with those outside the church.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
1. In one or two words, how would you describe the relationship you had with your brothers and sisters when you were growing up?
2. Who has been as close to you as a brother?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In the message Sunday, Mike talked about how we show demonstrate brotherly love to our fellow Christians and treat them as family. In what ways do each of the following verses describe how we should love one another within the body of Christ?
Ephesians 4:32 (ESV)
32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:2 (ESV)
2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
1 John 3:17 (ESV)
17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?
Galatians 6:1 (ESV)
1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
- What is difficult about carrying out these instructions regarding the way we are to love other believers?
- Why do you think it’s important that outsiders see our brotherly love towards each other in the body of Christ?
2. One of the dangers that comes with loving other believers is that we are tempted to become inward focused and forget about strangers. Describe the hospitality that Paul received in the passage below.
Acts 16:25-40 (ESV)
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, 26 and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bonds were unfastened. 27 When the jailer woke and saw that the prison doors were open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” 29 And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. 30 Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. 34 Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God. 35 But when it was day, the magistrates sent the police, saying, “Let those men go.” 36 And the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, “The magistrates have sent to let you go. Therefore come out now and go in peace.” 37 But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us publicly, uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and do they now throw us out secretly? No! Let them come themselves and take us out.” 38 The police reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens. 39 So they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and asked them to leave the city. 40 So they went out of the prison and visited Lydia. And when they had seen the brothers, they encouraged them and departed.
- Do you think hospitality is more about helping people or impressing people? Explain.
- What kind of excuses do we tend to come up with for why we can’t help a stranger during the routine of our day?
- In Luke 14:12-14, what did Jesus say about the kindness we should show to those we don’t know?
3. Mike described that we should also love those who have been marginalized and forgotten. The writer gives the example of the Christian who has been put in jail because of his faith. What did the Bible say about helping those who are often forgotten by society?
Matthew 9:35-38 (ESV)
35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
James 1:27 (ESV)
27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
Galatians 2:10 (ESV)
10 Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.
- Can you identify those in your community today who are similar to those listed in the verses above?
- Who can you help this week that you normally wouldn’t take time to help?
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?