This chapter is a continuation from chapter 3. The focus changes a little bit here though. The author continues to use the people of israel and Moses as an example to the readers. In these first four verses, we are told to fear missing the point. The promise of entering rest (salvation) in the Lord is offered, don’t minimize that or take it for granted. Praise King Jesus.

Evan

The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.

CONNECT

VISION + STORIES

Take time to be reminded of our shared vision- We are abiding in Christ that we might experience Gospel Transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.

+ Ask… What are you/we thankful to the Lord for? (e.g., how is he working in our community group or the lives of someone we are walking with to discover the gospel?)

+ What is one need in this circle/our Community Group and how can we meet it together?

SING + PRAY

Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER [ Hebrews 4:1-3 ] In Large group

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

1 Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. 2 For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, “As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest,’” although his works were finished from the foundation of the world.

+ What is “the promise of entering his rest” in verse 1? 

+ “Let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.” what is it that we are to fear?

+ Verse 2 and 3 are supporting the point made in verse 1 - what do you think their purpose is in supporting verse 1?

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?  (Below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., spend time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)