Within the last few weeks we have transitioned from Summer’s bounty to the ushering in of Fall. Our family schedules have changed as school schedules evolve and daylight hours diminish. Change appears to be around us, and yet, there is One who controls these changes and in fact has set them in motion. There is One who anticipates the need for peace, stability, and freedom in each of our lives. There is One who never changes and provides the very thing each of us needs; salvation from our enemy - sin and death. The author of Hebrews points us continually back to Jesus. Jesus, the One who conquered our greatest enemy and sat down at the right hand of the Father. Jesus, the One who is the Creator and Perfecter of our faith. Jesus our Savior!
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 2:1-3 ] 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 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?
+ Notice that verse 2:1 refers to previous passages. If you missed Friday’s Daily, open it first. [Or read Hebrews Chapter One. Context is important!]
+ Who is the “We” in verse 1? What must “We” do? Verse 1a.
+ What adjectives are used to modify attention? Why might the author used such strong language?
+ To what must the reader pay attention in verse one? What is the large scale answer?[What is the immediate context from Chapter one?]
+ What could happen if this first warning is not heeded in verse one?
+ What does the word “drift” mean in general? What does it mean with regards to our faith?
+ What does verse two tell us about the message of angels? What happened if it was not obeyed?
+ What is inferred in verse 3 if “We” ignore the message of the Savior…
[The One superior to the angels…
The Annointed and Everlasting One…
The One who sits at the Father’s right hand…
The One is the exact representation of the Father…
The One worthy of our worship?]
+ What or whom is of such value that it should not be ignored in verse 3a?
+ Why might God’s people need this warning in this time? Why might they need four more warnings before the end of the letter?
+ What have you been reminded of as you read this Scripture today? What action is God leading you to take in response to this first warning?
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)