11 Mar Sermon Discussion – God Has Spoken – Hebrews 1:1-2a
Groups Discussion Sheet for
“God Has Spoken” • Hebrews 1:1-2a
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
In light of the heroes of faith Hebrews will bring out in Ch. 11 …
Who were your heroes growing up?
Do you have any “heroes” now?
What qualifies someone to be a “hero” for you?
How can having a hero help in dealing with challenges today?
Background on Hebrews
This letter was written as a treatise to Jewish Christian who were being pressed by both Jews & Romans to pick a side in the escalating tension between the 2 groups. As Jews, the temptation was to go back to Judaism and forsake following Christ.
So Hebrews was written to remind them of the superiority of Christ and how Judaism pointed TO Jesus who fulfilled it. Why go back?
What parallels to today can you see from the situation the original audience of Hebrews faced?
How are we under pressure today?
Where does this pressure come from?
What is the pressure to do?
How can the message of Hebrews help us resist & stay loyal to God?
What does it mean when it says, “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets”?
Where do we find this record of prophetic revelation?
What’s it called?
Prophetic revelation is called “Special” revelation because it’s the actual Word & words of God. Another form of revelation is called “General.”
What are some of the ways God has revealed Himself generally?
What can these general forms of revelation tell us about God?
What is the limitation of general revelation?
Which of the prophets of the Old (First) Testament is/are your favorite(s)?
V. 2 • How is Jesus the last or final revelation of God?
This doesn’t mean God no longer uses prophets. The New Testament makes several mentions of the role of prophets in the early church and in Ephesians 4, Paul says prophets are one of the offices of the church. So, how is prophecy “different” from the role of the OT prophet now?
What must the word of every prophet be measured against?
Since Jesus is the definitive Word of & from God, what role ought He play in our lives?
How does Jesus become central to every aspect of life?
The Holy Spirit inspired and inspires prophets to speak and write God’s Word. A pastor and/or preacher depends on the Holy Spirit as he studies in preparing the message and as he shares it. What ought those who hear/listen do to prepare as they make their way to church or group? What will ensure maximum fruitfulness in response to preaching and teaching?