May 24, 2020

Let’s spend some time thinking together with God about this week’s message.   If you haven’t heard it yet, you can watch it online here. Throughout this exercise, be aware of what God might be saying to you and what you are going to do about it.

FOR GROUPS

READ

The Scripture for this week was Hebrews 11:1-12:3. Read the passage and spend three minutes of silence while you try to discern what God is saying to you through the passage. 

DISCUSS

Hebrews 11:1 is one of the most iconic New Testament passages.  It kicks off an epic catalogue of faith stories.  Now, in our culture, sometimes followers of Jesus are ridiculed for engaging in “blind faith.” What do you make of the term “blind faith” and what do you think critics mean by it? Do you think this Hebrews passage challenges that notion, and if so, how?

Drew’s Big Idea for the morning was “Followers of Jesus find hope as they remember the community of the faithful and the faithfulness of God.”  Can you think of someone in the community of the faithful, either in your life, church history, or the Scripture that you personally find hope in? Is there a specific work of God in your life where God demonstrated faithfulness and you regularly think on it and find hope? Share these stories with the Group!

Hebrews 12:3 acknowledges that the “race” of following Jesus can be wearisome and that we can lose heart.  There are things that hinder us and entangle us – internal opposition, and we are called to “throw them off.”  But there is also external opposition, from those who scorn us for our faith.  In both cases, the antidote given is to “fix our eyes on Jesus.”  Is there an aspect of your “race” that makes you most weary? How might fixing your eyes on Jesus bring you rest in that area?

Imagine an extra verse in the passage – and it’s about you! “By faith [Your Name]…..” What would it say? Is there a time in your life when you exhibited great faith? Share this with the Group to encourage them.  Surround each other as “a cloud of witnesses.”

PRAY

Spend three minutes asking the Holy Spirit to give you some thoughts about how to live differently in light of what was revealed to you through the Scripture and hearing from others in your Group. 

FOR individual Study

READ

The Scripture for this week was Hebrews 11:1-12:3. Read the passages and spend three minutes of silence while you try to discern what God is saying to you through the passages. 

CONSIDER

As you read through the passage, which name are you not very familiar with? (Mine was Barak!) Pick the one you know the least about and read the chapter of the Bible in which their story is told.  Search on Google “[Name] in the Bible” and you should be able to find it!  Did anything surprise you about that person’s story?

There are many curious statements about the figures in this list.  Take a look at the end of verse 4, “And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.”  What do you think this means? Is this something to interpret literally or figuratively? 

Notice in verses 13-16 that the author speaks of the idea of leaving a country and longing for a “better country – a heavenly one”.  Furthermore, the author writes that God has prepared a city for them.  What do you think the author means here? Is it about Jerusalem or New Jerusalem or something else? When you consider what a heavenly, better country might be like, what do you imagine?

PRAY

Spend three minutes asking the Holy Spirit to give you some thoughts about how to live differently in light of what was revealed to you through the Scripture.  

SHARE

Use what you learned to spark conversation with someone.  Ask what they think about some of these topics. 

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