Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on September 30, 2018
Passage: Hebrews 4:1-9
This Sunday, Daniel continued our series in Hebrews by helping us find our “rest” in God. Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything you heard for the first time or that caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
1. When it comes to sleeping at night, are you a … night owl, heavy sleeper, light sleeper, early riser?
2. This Sunday, Daniel talked about the things in our lives that allow worry and anxiety to creep in to our hearts. What did you worry about most when you were a kid? What about lately?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. One of the reasons the Israelites didn’t enter the Promised Land was their sin of self-sufficiency. They refused to trust God and what He had promised them. Instead, they trusted in their own ability to find rest, peace, and fulfillment in life apart from God. The Bible teaches that independence from God can never bring the rest that our hearts long for. What do the following verses teach about the connection between trusting the Lord and finding rest for our hearts?
Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV)
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Romans 15:13 (ESV)
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)
6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
- Can you think of a time when the Lord gave you peace during a stormy time in your life?
- Is there a promise found in the Bible that you sometimes struggle believing? What would change in your heart and life if you were able to fully trust in what God has promised you?
2. Another reason the Israelites didn’t enter the “rest” of their Promised Land was their rebellion against God. If they had chosen to obey, they would have entered their rest with the Lord. What do the following verses teach us about the benefits of obeying God?
Joshua 1:8 (ESV)
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
John 8:31-32 (ESV)
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
- When have you taken a step of obedience that resulted in unexpected blessings?
3. Possessing the peace of God requires that we first find peace with God. This is only made possible through a relationship with Jesus Christ. What do the following verses teach about how we receive the peace of God in our lives?
Isaiah 26:3 (ESV)
3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Romans 5:1 (ESV)
1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
John 16:33 (ESV)
33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
- What is something about God that you need to remember in order to keep your heart at peace?
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?