March 15, 2015
This Week’s Take Home Truth:
“Remembering what God, through faith, has done for us and in us—the Gospel—fuels our endurance and prevents apostasy.”
This Week’s Resources:
- The Compass Bible Study
- Word Search Answer Key
- Sermon PowerPoint (scroll down past the worship slides)
- Lighthouse Discussion Guide
- Lighthouse Leader Study Guide
This week we bring to a conclusion our study of Hebrews 10. While this week’s text encompasses another warning passage (The Danger of Discarding), it also includes words of encouragement to stand firm in our faith.
In this week’s lesson, the text divides between two descriptions that bring into focus two types of people: those who discard the faith and come under the judgment of God, and those who stand firm in their faith and endure to the end.
Does God discipline his children? This is a question we look at briefly, and rely on several New Testament passages that describe how God disciplines people today, including His children. The point is simple: while we are forgiven completely by God’s grace and mercy, sin still has consequences for our life today.
We will also look at what it means to stand firm in our faith. Sometimes, believers wander far and wide from the Lord, and it can seem we have made a complete mess of our life. Is there any hope when we have wandered away? The answer is yes! This is the encouragement we find in the last part of Hebrews 10.
- Looking back at your notes from this week’s sermon, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
- When have you been confronted by someone’s stubborn, willful disobedience? How did you respond to it?
- How you ever found yourself shaking your fist at God and telling Him to leave you alone? What brought you to that point in your life?
Read the Text (Hebrews 10:26-39)
We have spent the last three weeks looking at Hebrews 10. In this chapter, the writer to the Hebrews is showing us how Christ is inviting us to enter the sacred place within our heart where the Holy Spirit resides. This invitation is based on the two facts found in verses 19-21: One, Jesus’ blood has opened the way; two, Jesus’ presence has filled the house. Emanating from these facts are three commands found in verses 22-24: Draw near, hold fast, look out. In this week’s passage we find a warning (vs. 26-31), followed by an appeal (vs. 32-38), and then a summary (v. 39). Read Hebrews 10:26-39.
- How would you describe the contrast the writer gives us in v. 39?
- Read Hebrews 10:26-31. What kind of person do these verses describe?
- Who does the “we” in verse 26 refer to?
- Read 1 John 5:16, Acts 5:1-10, 1 Corinthians 11:27-30, and 1 Corinthians 3:13-15. How does God judge His children who continue in deliberate disobedience?
- How can a person reverse the tragic consequences of deliberate sin?
- Read Hebrews 10:32-38. What kind of person do these verses describe?
- Based on these verses, how would you characterize those who stand firm in their faith?
- As a group, come up with one word best describes what is needed for the person described in verses 26-31 and one word that best describes what is needed for the person in verses 32-38.
In summarizing Hebrews 10:37-38, Chuck Swindoll notes,
It’s natural to want to rest when the going gets too rough, to retreat when the way gets too rocky. When the incline is steep and we stop for a breather, panting on the side of the road, we don’t need a kick in the pants; we need an encouraging word. And that’s what the writer gives in verses 37-38. He cheers us up the mountain, telling us to hang in there, that the hike is almost over. And he ends with an arm around our slumped shoulders, affirming us, telling us with an encouraging pat on the back that we’re not quitters.
- As you examine your life in light of this week’s lesson, do you find yourself trending towards shrinking back or standing firm in your faith?
- What will happen to your life a year from now if you continue in this path? Five years? Ten years?
- Read the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-24. What two things motivated him to return home to the father who loved him?