Sermon Discussion “Better Than Angels” • Hebrews 1:2-14
To Leaders – In these discussion sheets that will be provided for the next three months, feel free to use whatever questions you want. Don’t feel obligated to use them all. As you get to know your group, you’ll get a sense for what kinds of questions generate good discussion and which don’t. So be free to personalize the material as suits your group.
We will usually start off with some general questions that most if not all can answer because they require little Bible knowledge. This is to get the group to open up & share. They will usually relate to the study in some way (but not always). Then we’ll move into more interpretive questions & ask how points can be applied to our lives today.
I recommend you pick up one of the discussion sheets as you come to service on Sunday and as you hear the message, jot down notes and potential questions you can share with your group. Okay, here we go …
INTRO / Warm Up
When and where did you first learn about angels?
If you were an angel, what would you like to do?
Have you ever inherited something? If so, did the process of inheritance set you at odds with other family members?
What do you think of when you hear the word “holy”?
What does it mean when it says Jesus is the ”heir of all things?”
How does this establish His superiority?
What does this verse say Jesus made?
Read John 1:1-3. What does v. 3 say Jesus created?
What does this tell us about Who Jesus is?
Does it say Jesus “reflects” God’s glory, or “is (being)” that glory?
Is He an example of God – or God’s “express image?”
Read Colossians 1:16-17. What does this tell us about Jesus on-going work regarding creation?
In light of all this – what & Who must Jesus be?
In these verses, what/who does the author compare Jesus to?
In summary, he says, “Jesus is better than _________________.”
A couple times in this chapter, the author shows Jesus in what posture?
In contrast, what are the angels doing?
The Incarnation of Jesus as the God-Man is a difficult doctrine for us to fully understand because we are made to consider how the infinite & finite can be united in one Person. How can the eternal be linked to the temporal. For generations, theologians have acknowledged that the Incarnation is one of those beliefs that contains an element of mystery. We can apprehend it but notcomprehend it. The key to remember is that in the Incarnation, Man does not become God; rather, God takes on humanity. The finite could never become infinite, but the infinite could certainly take on aspects of finitude without harm to itself.
Do you find the Incarnation to be a difficult doctrine or is it something you embrace easily?
How does what we find here in Hebrews 1 help refute the teaching of the cults that Jesus is not God?
Read v. 9 again. Note how the author says the Father anointed Jesus with the oil of gladness, because (therefore) Jesus loved righteousness & loathed lawlessness. In other words, happiness follows on holiness.
Do holiness and happiness seem opposed to each other to you?
How is true happiness really the product/result of holiness?
What negative emotions & consequences does a lack of holiness lead to?
In light of this, does your concept of holiness need to be edited?
How does the Holiness/Happiness reality affect the quality of our witness to the lost & even to other believers?