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Hebrews, Session IV – The danger of drifting


Most believers usually know at least one person who at one time was strong in their faith, but now seem very far from God. In this session we looked at the real problem of drifting in your faith and the dangers inherent with it.  It’s so important to develop daily disciplines and strategies to keep our passion for Jesus strong.

Everybody say, “Don’t Drift!”

Fuel Bible Study

The Book of Hebrews: Session IV – The Danger of Drifting; More Power Truths Concerning Jesus

The Danger of Drifting

Heb 2:1  For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.
Heb 2:2  For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just penalty,
Heb 2:3  how will we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard,
Heb 2:4  God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.

More Power Truths Concerning Jesus


Heb 2:5
  For He did not subject to angels the world to come, concerning which we are speaking.
Heb 2:6  But one has testified somewhere, saying, “WHAT IS MAN, THAT YOU REMEMBER HIM? OR THE SON OF MAN, THAT YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT HIM?
Heb 2:7  “YOU HAVE MADE HIM FOR A LITTLE WHILE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS; YOU HAVE CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR, AND HAVE APPOINTED HIM OVER THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS;
Heb 2:8  YOU HAVE PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET.” For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him.
Heb 2:9  But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.
Heb 2:10  For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.
Heb 2:11  For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,

Heb 2:12  saying, “I WILL PROCLAIM YOUR NAME TO MY BRETHREN, IN THE MIDST OF THE CONGREGATION I WILL SING YOUR PRAISE.”
Heb 2:13  And again, “I WILL PUT MY TRUST IN HIM.” And again, “BEHOLD, I AND THE CHILDREN WHOM GOD HAS GIVEN ME.”
Heb 2:14  Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,
Heb 2:15  and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.
Heb 2:16  For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham.
Heb 2:17  Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Heb 2:18  For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.

Questions

Chapter 2:1-4 – The Danger of Drifting

  1. Verse 1 starts off by saying “for this reason…” or in some translations “therefore” To what is the writer referring to?
  2. We must “pay closer attention” to the Word of God, maybe now more than ever. Why? 2:1
  3. Do you know somebody who once displayed a strong love for the Lord who no longer calls themselves a Christian, or no longer has any evidence that they are a Christ follower? What do you think happened?
  4. Do you ever struggle with “drifting” in your walk with God?
  5. Have you developed any strategies or disciplines to help keep you from drifting?
  6. How can we “neglect” so great a salvation?
  7. Any further thoughts on verses 1-4?

2:5-18 – More “Power Truth’s Concerning Jesus

  1. What “world to come” do you think the writer is referring to in verse 5?
  2. Who is the writer referring to in verses 6, 7, and 8? (This is a bit of a trick question J)
  3. Think about the following statement – Jesus “tasted death” for everyone. What does that mean? What does that mean to you personally?
  4. Explain these two facts that seem contradictory but are actually complimentary
    1. Jesus is superior to angels and they are called to worship him 1:6
    2. Jesus has been made for a little while lower than the angels 2:7
  5. Explain these two facts that seem contradictory but are actually complimentary
    1. All things have been subjected to Jesus and are under his feet 2:8
    2. When you look at the world it is clear that currently, we don’t see all things subjected to Jesus and under his feet 2:8
  6. If you are a follower of Christ you are one of the “many sons brought to glory” What does that mean and how does that make you feel? 2:10
  7. Jesus is “not ashamed to call us his brethren” Why? 2:11
  8. According to 2:14 the devil has been “rendered powerless” How should this verse impact your life (One answer to this question is found in 2:15)
  9. 2:18 tells us that “since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.” What does that mean?

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