Today's passage picks up where we left off yesterday, with a reference to Psalm 95, which further references the story of the Israelites recorded in the books from Exodus to Deuteronomy. Throughout this third chapter of Hebrews, God exhorts us to learn from the Israelites' mistakes of hardheartedness and unbelief. Let the word of God encourage you to faith in action as you follow Him.
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 3:16-19 ] 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)
16 For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.
+ Who heard God's voice and still rebelled? [v16]
+ What did their rebelliousness and sin result in? [v17-18]
+ What were the disobedient and unbelieving Israelites unable to enter? [v17-18]
+ What does God want us to learn from the example He gives in this passage of the Israelites? [v19]
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)
+ It can be painfully obvious when reading the story of the Israelites how wrong they were? No sooner had God blessed them or saved them then they were doubting and defying Him again, and again, and again. It's often less obvious when we do that same thing. How have you been like the Israelites recently? What steps would God have you do to correct yourself or make restitution?
+ 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)
+ We all need help to diligently follow God. Who can you encourage to either begin or continue their walk with God?
+ How would God have you encourage, exhort, or uplift them?