Thursday, November 04, 2021

Hebrews 6:13-20 | Small Group Questions

Coastline Bible Church just started a brand new sermon series called: "Greater." For the next several months we are going to look through the book of Hebrews together. The book of Hebrews was written to a Jewish audience living in the first century. They are likely experiencing persecution and thinking about abandoning their faith. The author teaches us how Jesus is greater than: the prophets, angels, Moses, Abraham, the Law, the old covenant, and the high priest. We learn that Jesus is greater than anything that has preceded Him. For this series I volunteered to write the small group questions that go along with each sermon. It seemed like a waste to leave them in a file on my computer and not share them with everyone.

Small Group Questions | Greater than Abraham | Hebrews 6:13-20

In the later part of Hebrews 6 we read about Jesus being greater than Abraham. The author reminds the early church about the patience of Abraham. God called Abraham from his home country and made him into a Nation. But it didn’t happen overnight. Abraham had to wait for God to fulfill His promises. The author gives us the example of Abraham because some of the believers were considering abandoning their faith. They needed to learn to wait patiently on the Lord and go through the maturating process. Sometimes we abandon things too early and miss out on what God is working in our hearts. Study these questions and make the hope of Jesus the anchor of your soul. 

1) Neal shared a story about trick-or-treating as a teenager and how his friend lacked patience. His friends inability to wait put him in an unwanted situation. Share a time that your inability to wait put you in an unwanted situation.  

2) Read Hebrews 6:13-15. God made a promise to Abraham about building him into a great nation. Abraham, having patiently endured clearly refers to the Isaac trial, as a result of which he obtained the promise. Where are you learning patience today? 

3) God made it clear that He would bless Abraham and give him many decedents. The goal of those descendants was to be a blessing to everyone (read Genesis 12:1-3). How can you be a blessing to others this week? 

4) We were given homework to find the promises of God in Scripture. If you found some this week share those with your group. If you haven’t had time to do that, take some time as a group to look for God’s promises in Scripture.  

5) Read Hebrews 6:16-18. The author subtly pulls in the Old Testament aspect of the cities of refuge (Deuteronomy 19:1-14). What are the similarities in the cities of refuge and find refuge in Jesus? 

6) For centuries Christians have put their hope in Jesus as the anchor of their lives (Hebrews 6:19-20). How do you keep your hope anchored in Jesus when difficulties come? Where are you feeling hopeless? (see Colossians 1:5, 1 Timothy 1:1)

7) Hebrews 6 ends with an image of Jesus as the forerunner of our hope. A forerunner is a person who has gone before another. Discuss the truth of Jesus being our forerunner in heaven and the impact of that (John 14:1-6, Colossians 1:16-20, Ephesians 1:20, and 1 Thessalonians 4:16). 

Close your time in prayer. Pray for strength to invite a friend to meet Jesus. 

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