Today's passage concludes the first chapter of Hebrews and its multifaceted proof that Jesus is greater than any and all angels. It also brings up a quote from Psalm 110, a Psalm referenced in last Tuesday's Daily, and one which will be referenced again a number of times throughout Hebrews. The quote itself will bring us full circle back to Hebrews 1:3--the picture of Jesus sitting at God the Father's right hand. Jesus, having accomplished the arduous work of making purification for our sins--through His humility to become man (a little lower than the angels), spending His life teaching God's message, being tortured and crucified, then rising again and returning to God the Father--now becomes the object of God the Father's affection. The Father set about glorifying Jesus above the angels by responding with His own act of love toward Jesus. Let the word of God show you the beauty of this powerful yet intimate loving relationship, a relationship that is to be echoed in our relationship to God and in various relationships between and among us as humans (marriage, family, church, etc.).
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 1:13-14 ] 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)
13 And to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
+ Who is speaking to whom in the quote of v13? [Reference Hebrews 1:1-4 and Psalm 110:1]
+ Who are the "ministering spirits" of v14? [Reference v13]
+ What purpose do these ministering spirits serve? [v14]
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)
+ In numerous places, God the Father's serving of God the Son is echoed: in Jesus serving his disciples, in the Apostles serving new Christians, in instructions to husbands to submit to their wives, in parents told to be diligently working on behalf of their children to train them up, etc. While there are hierarchies throughout scripture and life, God the Father demonstrates that leaders serve in love. Are you serving those whom you lead? How can you echo God more clearly to others?
+ 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)
+ Be diligent about seeking and discipling others. God is doing His redemptive work--how are you participating in His mission?
+ To whom can you demonstrate God's love?