In Hebrews 2:5-9, the writer to the Hebrews has just finished declaring that Christ is superior to the angels. It is not to the angels that God has subjected the world to come, the author reminds us, but rather man, as the Psalmist says in the quotation given. But we know that man proved himself unworthy by his fall. We needed a new man. The author tells us that it is Jesus who, through his death, becomes the new man for us, and we will soon see all things in subjection to him. We are invited to rejoice in the supremacy of Christ through this passage.
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 2:5-9 ] 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)
5 For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. 6 It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him? 7 You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, 8 putting everything in subjection under his feet.” Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. 9 But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
+ To whom has God subjected the world to come?
+ Who is the Psalmist speaking of in the quoted verses, 6-8? (Compare Psalm 8:4-6)
+ What is the contrast the author is making in verses 5 and 6? What is the contrast the author is making in 8-9?
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)
+ Through divine accountability, what is the Lord calling you to confess of, share with your community, and ask for help and correction in?
+ How does this passage invite us to think about the supremacy of Christ?
+ 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)