After emphatically arguing for the deity of Christ in chapter one, the author of this epistle now states Jesus was fully human as well. This hypostatic union or the dual nature of Jesus is fundamental in understanding the Christian faith. The early church struggled with this concept; however, doctrinal statements such as the Nicene and Chalcedonian Creeds, written in the 4th and 5th century, confirm this clear Biblical teaching.
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 2:14-18 ] 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)
14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
+ Why is it important that Jesus was fully God and fully man, not only theologically, but personally?
+ How/why does the devil have the power of death? How did Jesus deliver us from the slavery of the fear of death?
+ Who are the offspring of Abraham and why do they carry that name? How does Jesus “help” them? (Another translation of “help” is “takes on” or “lays hold of”).
+ Why do you think the author added the adjectives "merciful" and "faithful" in verse 17? Compare and contrast the "worldly" definition of propitiation to what Jesus has done through His death for us.
+ What does it mean that Jesus "suffered when tempted"? How does Jesus practically help us in our temptation today?
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)
Author David Guzik writes "The High Priest wore a breastplate with stones engraved with the names of the tribes of Israel on both his chest and his shoulders. The High Priest was therefore in constant sympathy with the people of God, carrying them on his heart and on his shoulders. Jesus did not wear the High Priest’s breastplate. But the wound in His chest and the cross on His shoulders are even more eloquent testimony to His heart for us and work on our behalf – to make propitiation for the sins of the people". All praise to our merciful and faithful High Priest Jesus Christ, out Lord!!!
+ 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)