Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on October 14, 2018
Passage: Hebrews 6:1-3, 5:11-14
This Sunday, Mike continued our series in Hebrews by encouraging us to keep growing in our faith by learning to feed ourselves the Word of God and then feed (teach) others. 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. What stage of spiritual growth would you say you are currently at – Newer Believer – You feed me, Growing Believer – I’m learning to feed myself, or Mature Believer – I’m able to feed others?
2. Spiritual maturity has more to do with our actions than what we say. Who is someone in your life whose actions lead you to believe that they are spiritually mature?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In Hebrews 5:11-14, the writer talked about what spiritual maturity and spiritual immaturity look like. The following passage from Ephesians uses the analogy of the human body and sailing on open waters to describe spiritual immaturity and how we can grow to maturity. What do you think the writer meant when he called some of his intended audience “dull of hearing”? How do you think that happens? Can you identify some keys from this passage for growing spiritually and keeping our spiritual ears sharp?
Ephesians 4:11-16 (ESV)
11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
- What do you think has helped you most to mature in your faith since coming to know Christ?
2. The writer of Hebrews describes the mature believer as “those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” Spiritual maturity takes place over time when we discipline ourselves to think like Jesus and act like Jesus on a continual basis through the ups and downs of life. How do the following two verses describe two ways we are disciplined for growth?
Hebrews 12:7-11 (ESV)
7 It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8 If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
1 Timothy 4:6-8 (ESV)
6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.
- When do you think God has disciplined you like a loving parent? What did you learn and how have you grown from your difficult experiences?
- In what ways have you disciplined yourself to grow in your faith? In what ways do you need to become more disciplined in your daily spiritual habits and practices?
3. This weekend Mike encouraged us to pour into others who are less mature than we are in our faith. How do you feel about this? What do you think this might look like in your life? Is anything keeping you from teaching or passing along to others what God has done in your life and what you have learned from Him?
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?