Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on September 16, 2018
Passage: Hebrews 3:1-6
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
1. When was the last time someone talked you out of a poor decision? Care to share with the group what happened?
2. The writer of Hebrews was trying to talk his readers out of a poor decision. These new believers were thinking about going back to Judaism and giving up on Jesus because of the persecution they were facing. We all need the encouragement of others because life is hard. Who encourages you in your walk with Christ? How do they encourage you?
3. This Sunday, Mike continued our series in Hebrews by showing us how we can be encouraged to battle temptation in our lives. 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 importance of remembering our identity in Christ in order to fight temptation. If we forget what God says about us and how God feels about us, we will make ourselves more vulnerable to temptation. What do the following verses say about our identity as believers? Which verse gives you the most encouragement when facing temptation?
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV)
19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Colossians 3:1-3 (ESV)
1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Romans 8:1 (ESV)
1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
2. The writer of Hebrews wanted his persecuted readers to “consider Jesus” in their fight against unbelief. As Mike explained in the message, our thoughts are powerful. The more we set our mind on Jesus and His infinite worth, the weaker the temptations become in our lives. What do the following verses tell believers about the way they should think?
Colossians 3:2 (ESV)
2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Psalm 101:3 (ESV)
3 I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless.
Philippians 4:8 (ESV)
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
- Do these verses affirm you or challenge you based on your current thought life?
- What spiritual habits or disciplines have helped you keep Christ at the center of your thoughts throughout your day?
3. The writer of Hebrews encourages these embattled believers to “hold fast” or stay the course on their journey over the stormy seas of persecution. Their confidence shouldn’t be based on their current situation but in the sure, rock solid promises of Jesus that will come to fruition in the future. How do the following verses encourage us to stay faithful when we are tempted to give in or give up?
Galatians 6:9 (ESV)
9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
1 Peter 1:13 (ESV)
13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 11:24-26 (ESV)
24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.
- What promise of a future blessing is keeping you faithful in the present?
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?