We started the book of Hebrews yesterday and the author begins by emphasizing Jesus as God’s Son, and the uniqueness of His character and role, mainly His supremacy over all other created things. We pick up in the middle of this train of thought today as we consider how Christ is the firstborn of all creation, the apex of all earthly and heavenly things, including the angels.
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.
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 1:6-7 ] 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)
6 And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God's angels worship him.” 7 Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.”
+ v.6 How does God describe Christ? What do you think that means? How can Christ be first when Adam and Eve were created first?
+ v. 6 The author of Hebrews quotes from Deuteronomy 32:43 from a triumphant song of praise to God, where Moses describes God as worthy of all worship and reverence, even the worship of heavenly beings: “Rejoice with him, O heavens, bow down to him, all gods.” Why would the author use this verse to describe Jesus? What is he emphasizing about Jesus’ nature?
+ v. 7 Pulling from Psalm 104:3-4, where the psalmist speaks of God’s power over all things, he says, “He (God) lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot; he rides on the wings of the wind; he makes his messengers winds; his ministers a flaming fire.” What is the contrast that the author of Hebrews wants to make clear between God and the angels?
+ What does this passage teach us about Jesus?, Power?, His Spirit?, or our calling as believers?
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)
+ Do I believe that Jesus Christ is truly above all things, One with the Father and the Spirit, the only way of reconciliation between God and man? How would my worship or perspective change if I lived more in this truth about who Jesus is?
+ 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)