Fuel Bible Study
The Book of Hebrews: Session VI – Staying faithful, Part 2
- Hebrews 3:7–19 – Positive power of a negative example; Encourage one another to prevent hardening of heart; deceitfulness of sin
Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME, AS IN THE DAY OF TRIAL IN THE WILDERNESS, WHERE YOUR FATHERS TRIED Me BY TESTING Me, AND SAW MY WORKS FOR FORTY YEARS. “THEREFORE I WAS ANGRY WITH THIS GENERATION, AND SAID, ‘THEY ALWAYS GO ASTRAY IN THEIR HEART, AND THEY DID NOT KNOW MY WAYS’; AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, ‘THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.'” Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end, while it is said, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS, AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME.” For who provoked Him when they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief. (Hebrews 3:7-19)
- What is the main theme of chapter 3?
- How would you define faithfulness?
- There seems to be a crisis of faithlessness in our culture today? Why do you think that is so?
- In chapter 3 the writer uses 3 examples to make his point about staying faithful. Name 1 of the 3.
- What are your thoughts concerning the faithfulness of Moses as the leader of the Children of Israel during the time of the Exodus?
- In what way(s) was Jesus faithful during his life on earth?
- Can you think of a time when Jesus demonstrated his faithfulness to you? Encourage the people in your group by sharing it with them
- “To be forewarned is to be forearmed” How does knowing that you will experience times when you will be tempted to be unfaithful in your walk with Christ prepare you to resist the temptation?
- Have you ever been tempted to act in an unfaithful way towards Jesus? If you feel comfortable doing so, share your insights with the group
- Even when we blow it, when we come to God with a contrite heart, he is faithful to dust us off, clean us up, and continually work with us until we get it right. How has this worked itself out in your life?
- Another title of tonight’s message could be “The Positive Power of a Negative Example” or “Their Pain our Gain” Can you think of a time when somebody in your life (parent, sibling, friend, co-worker, etc…) displayed negative behavior, but when you saw the consequences, it influenced you to do the opposite?
- It is wise to learn from our own mistakes. Why is it wiser still, to learn from the mistakes of others?
- Proverbs 4:23 says “Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.” Break down the meaning of this verse with your group. Then share ways you can “keep your heart with all diligence.”
- Encouragement is in short supply in our world. It seems many people feel that they can elevate themselves by tearing others down. What are some creative ways we can encourage others in our circle or sphere of influence? (include both believers and non-believers)
- How can habitual sin deceive somebody and cause their heart to harden?
- As we finish chapter 3 answer the following questions
- Is there a promise to claim?
- Is there a warning to heed?
- Is there a takeaway to apply to your life?
- Is there something new (or something made fresh to you) concerning God in our last 2 studies?
Stay faithful, even when it’s hostile!