Sunday, June 21st, 2015
Intro to Hebrews:
The theme of Hebrews is the absolute supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus Christ as revealer and as mediator of God’s grace. The prologue (1:1–4) presents Christ as God’s full and final revelation, far surpassing the revelation given in the OT. The prophecies and promises of the OT are fulfilled in the “new covenant” (or “new testament”), of which Christ is the mediator. From the OT itself, Christ is shown to be superior to the ancient prophets, to angels, to Moses (the mediator of the former covenant) and to Aaron and the priestly succession descended from him. Hebrews could be called “the book of better things” since the two Greek words for “better” and “superior” occur 15 times in the letter. (www.biblica.com)
Questions for this week:
- What does it mean for you to resist sin and how do you apply verse 4 of Chapter 12 to your life?
- In verse 7 we read that discipline from God shows us that we are His children. Do you embrace God’s discipline or reject it? Knowing that God disciplines us “for our good” how does this change or strengthen your view of the heart of God?
- The goal of discipline is righteousness (verse 11). Do you view your faith in Christ in the context of training? How does discipline play a role in your spiritual formation process in God’s economy?
- Read Matthew 5:9, Romans 12:18, Hebrews 12:14. What does “making every effort to live at peace with all men” mean to you? How does this affect your discussions on Facebook? At work? With your kids or your spouse? An ex-girlfriend or wife? Is this the same as being a pushover or weak? How is it different? Was Christ meek? Was Christ weak?
- Review Hebrews 12: 18-29. Though we know God as perfect love, a gracious father, a magnificent bridegroom, discuss instances in the Bible where God inspires terror and dread (as an example, read 1 King 19:9-13). God, by his essence, is a terrifying and overwhelming sight to behold. What is your reaction to not needing to be on the Mountain of Fear, but instead being on the Mountain of Joy? Why is it important to remember the Mountain of Fear while on the Mountain of Joy?