Sermon Based Group Homework
For the message on October 28, 2018
Passage: Hebrews 6:12-20
This Sunday, Mike continued our series in Hebrews by encouraging us to make Jesus the anchor for our souls in this difficult and often stormy life.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU
1. Have you ever been on a sailboat or fishing boat on open seas? What effect did the waves or wind have on you? (Drift, crash into rocks, get sea sick, lose your balance, etc.) Did you ever drop anchor? What effect did the anchor have?
2. Why do you think it’s important to have an anchor for your soul?
LET’S GO DEEPER
1. In Hebrews 6:19, the writer says that believers have a “sure and steadfast anchor of the soul” because we hope in Jesus, our great High Priest. When on stormy seas, the tendency is to focus on the wind and the waves rather than on the Lord. That was Peter’s problem when Jesus called him out of the boat to walk on the water. Read the story again and record your observations as it relates to staying safe and strong in the storms of life.
Matthew 14:27-31 (ESV)
27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
- When did Peter start walking on the water? When did he start sinking?
- Have you ever “sank” in despair and doubt? What brought you up out of the water?
2. In Hebrews 6:15, the writer says of Abraham, “having patiently waited, obtained the promise.” Let’s look back to Genesis and learn more about Abraham’s example of faith and patience. As you read through these passages, write down a few of your observations regarding faith and patience as seen in Abraham’s life.
Genesis 15:1-6 (ESV)
1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2 But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” 4 And behold, the word of the LORD came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” 5 And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 6 And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
Genesis 21:1-7 (ESV)
1 The LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did to Sarah as he had promised. 2 And Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age at the time of which God had spoken to him. 3 Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore him, Isaac. 4 And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. 5 Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. 6 And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.” 7 And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.”
Genesis 22:1-19 (ESV)
1 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
4 On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. 5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. 7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together. 9 When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11 But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.” 15 And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16 and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, 18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” 19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beersheba. And Abraham lived at Beersheba.
- Did Abraham have an anchor for his soul that kept him steady during times of testing? What was it?
- Do you have a scripture verse or two that helps anchor your soul when times get tough?
3. This weekend Mike talked about the fact that God’s unchanging nature should encourage us in the storms of life. He mentioned three specific unchanging attributes of God. They are that …
- God is omniscient – He knows where I am in the storm.
- God is omnipresent – He is with me in the storm.
- God is omnipotent – He is able to bring me through the storm.
- Which one of God’s attributes stands out to you right now based on the current circumstances of your life?
- Write a prayer to God that includes one of His attributes in the prayer.
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?