Hebrews Week Six - The Certainty of God’s Promise
Congratulations, my sweet sisters in Christ! Today is a day for celebration. You have persevered through the first half of one of the most challenging books in all of Scripture. Thank you for your hard work, commitment, and faithfulness to comment and share your heart. My prayer has been these past six weeks and will continue to be that you are gaining a greater love for and understanding of your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We will take some time off over the next few weeks and return on Monday, January 9th. If you find you are behind, this will be a perfect time to catch up without being rushed. If you are caught up, then I pray you will use this time to spend with the Lord in His Word wherever He leads you.
I will be spending time with my family…especially Lauren as she will be home from UGA on Tuesday. I can hardly wait!! I may post a few times during the break, but you will always be able to find the lessons by scrolling down the posts. And please continue to leave comments because I would be so sad if I did not hear from you for three weeks!
Also, if any of you would like to leave a guest post during the break and share something special God has spoken to you during this study, please let me know by e-mailing me.
I will continue to pray for you and want you to know that this has truly been one of my favorite studies. Yes, because Hebrews is rich and wonderful. But also because you girls are such a blessing. I just love how you share and reach out to and pray for one another. It is a beautiful fellowship. I pray each one of you has a blessed and restful Christmas and that you will truly sense the deep and abiding presence of our Lord and Savior….Emmanuel…God with Us!!
Below please find our lesson for this week.
This Week’s Memory Verse: We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19a.
This Week’s Prayer:
Father, thank You for Your faithfulness to meet me in Your word each and every week. I especially invite You to be with me this week as I end the first half of my study. Father, give me an abundance of Your wisdom and knowledge, give me discernment to find the treasures hidden in this last chapter. Every week has been so challenging. I have struggled to understand, yet You have been faithful. Week after week, You are teaching me who Jesus really is. You are teaching me how to live a cross-centered life, one that focuses my heart and mind on Jesus… what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will. Keep me anchored in His Hope…never let me drift away.
Tender my heart to worship Him in the fullness of Who He is. Instill in me a desire to be still and truly know and feel His Presence. Give me rest in the midst of busyness. Give me peace in the midst of chaos. Father, empower me to live out all that I have learned. I ask this in Jesus’ Holy and Majestic Name. Amen.
Assignment: Read Hebrews Chapter Six
1. Read Hebrews 6:1-3.
- In Hebrews 6:1 we find the fifth “let us” verse (others are 4:1, 4:11, 4:14, 4:16). What does the author say we must do?
- List the elementary teachings to which he refers. When you are finished, rate your understanding of each of these teachings on a scale of 1 to 5.
- Think of a mature believer in your life. What is the evidence you see in his or her life that exhibits spiritual progress?
2. Examine your life over this past year.
- Have you made spiritual progress in this past year? If yes, share how. If no, why not?
- What steps will you take this next year to go deeper still in your spiritual growth? By the way, participating in a Bible study is a sure sign you are going deeper in your spiritual journey!
3. Read Hebrews 6:4-6.
- List the spiritual experiences of “those” spoken of here.
- Read Numbers 13:1-14:12. How is this passage similar to what we read today?
4. In verse 6, the author arrives at his next warning.
- Reread Hebrews 4-6 and write this warning in your own words.
- What is impossible and why?
- Do you read this to mean someone can lose their salvation?
The scholars, who teach that these verse speak to Christians, contend believers can lose their salvation.
- Read John 10:27-29 and Romans 8:35, 38-39. How do these verses speak to the argument that one can lose their salvation?
5. What do you think the author means when he writes it is impossible once a person has fallen away to return because it is “crucifying the Son of God all over again?”
6. Read Hebrews 6:7-12.
- The author’s illustration is that all those who hear the gospel are like the earth. Explain what it says in your own words. For a similar illustration, read Luke 8:4-15.
- Looking back at the two groups in Hebrews 6:7-8, to which group is the writer of Hebrews speaking in verses 9-10?
- To which group would you say you belong?
7. List evidence of a believer’s salvation…the fruit of her faith…found in verses 9-12.
- What word in verse 10 describes the motive behind a believer’s work?
- It is important to remember, it is not our works that save us or keep us saved. But they are evidence of our salvation. Read James 2:14-25. What does this passage add to our discussion?
There is a balance between God’s gift of grace and human effort. We cannot earn God’s favor. We cannot earn salvation. Yet at the same time, the entire New Testament contains clear teachings that how we live after salvation…what we do for the Kingdom…matters to God a great deal. Scripture teaches that He created us to do good works.
- Read Ephesians 2:8-9. What does it say?
- Read Philippians 2:12-13. What does Paul teach here?
8. In Hebrews 6:12 the author again speaks to the unbelievers in his audience. He again addresses laziness and directs them to examine the lives of the believers in their midst and imitate them. What two words does the author use to characterize believers?
Friend, the beginning of our faith journey, although important, matters not as much as how we live out our faith each and every day.
9. Read Hebrews 6:13-16. Scripture teaches us to trust in the Lord.
- Read Psalm 37:3-5 and Proverbs 3:5-6. What do they say about trusting the Lord?
- The author of Hebrews sets forth Abraham as a model of great faith to his audience. If you would like to go deeper on this subject, read Romans Chapter 4 where Paul speaks of Abraham’s example of faith in depth.
10. In this chapter, the author sets out to prove God is trustworthy because of Who He is. What proof does He set forth in verses 13 and 14?
- Everytime God makes a promise, He puts His character on the line. Read 2 Timothy 1:12, Titus 1:2, and James 1:17. What do these verses teach about God’s character?
- Every one of God’s promises is secured by His character. He is unchanging…the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do you have something for which you have been patiently waiting…something for which you need to trust Him today? Review the truths of this lesson and prayerfully surrender it to Him today. Trust Him to be faithful with that which you have given Him. [See 2 Timothy 1:12 for encouragement].
11. Read Hebrews 6:17-20.
- In Hebrews 6:18, what are the “two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie?”
- Read Plsam 102:25-27, Hebrews 1:10-12, Hebrews 13:8. How do these verses support the author’s teaching?
12. Read Hebrews 6:19-20. In these final two verses, the author of Hebrews says “be encouraged because Jesus is your hope.” He is the full assurance of hope.
- To what does the author compare hope in verse 19?
- Why does he use this comparison?
- When Jesus came, he ushered in a new way. Luke 23:44-46 speaks of the very moment Christ sacrificed his own life to make the last and final atonement for sin. Read it and share what it says. Read Mark 16:19, Acts 2:33, and Hebrews 1:3, 12:2 and share what they say.
13. How has Jesus been an anchor in your life?
14. Let’s review for a moment. Throughout the past six chapters, the author has methodically presented his case. He exhorts his audience to go on to maturity. He sees many of them as stagnant, not growing in their faith. As part of his message, he issued many warnings.
- Review and list the warnings (Hebrews 2:1-4, 3:7-13, 5:11-14)
- What is the best way to avoid all of these warnings? Hold firmly to the ______________.
- Read Romans 8:35-39. Write it below.
- How does it make you feel to know that God loves you unconditionally and to know that in Him your life is secure?
- What woud change in your life if you did not have that as your assurance?
Merry, Merry Christmas and a Most Blessed and Happy New Year!