In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus gave what is known as The Great Invitation:
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest…”
There is rest for the weary soul of man. In this study, we explore obstacles to entering into God’s rest as well as practical help so that we do not miss all that God has for us.
Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it.
For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.
For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, “AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST,” although His works were finished from the foundation of the world. For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day: “AND GOD RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY FROM ALL HIS WORKS”; and again in this passage, “THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.”
Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience, He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS.” For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that.
So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
Fuel Bible Study – 3/1/2017
The Book of Hebrews: Session VII – The Rest of the Story
- Tonight’s session is the last one of the 1st Semester. We will take a 2-week break and pick back up on Wednesday, March 22nd
- FUEL podcast will launch this month. Covering the topic “Sense and Nonsense about Heaven and Hell”
7 benefits of studying Hebrews
- Helps believers stand strong during times of persecution
- Presents a Highly exalted picture of Jesus
- Helps us more fully understand the Old Testament
- Helps us more fully understand and appreciate the gospel
- Help us understand Jesus’ role as our High Priest
- Learning from its author
- Helps us learn how to navigate hard passages
- Using the list of the 7 benefits of studying the book of Hebrews, share one thing that has made a positive impact on you.
- When it comes to Bible study, what does it mean to say that “Context is King”?
- “The best defense against heresy is the whole counsel of God.” How does verse by verse study of the entire Word of God protect against teachings that take things out of context?
- Can you think of any verses commonly taken out of context?
- How does knowing the context of the book of Hebrews help us understand its message?
- Read Matthew 11:28-30. In this passage, Jesus offers the world “The Great Invitation” An invitation to find rest for our souls. Right now would you consider yourself resting in Christ or are you “laboring and heavy laden” – stressed out, worn out, and burnt out?
- According to these same verses, what is the remedy? How can we appropriate the rest that Jesus promised us, and then purchased on the Cross for us?
- Hebrews 4:1 states “Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it.” The word fear is from the Greek word phobeo [where we get the word Phobia from] what kind of fear should we have regarding not entering His rest?
- Entering God’s rest comes not from ceasing our activities but from ceasing from striving in our own strength and surrendering. Read Psalm 131:1-3. How does the illustration of a weaned child demonstrate how we enter into God’s rest?
- Hebrews 4:2 tells us that in order for the Word of God to profit us, it has to be mixed with faith in those who hear it. How do we “mix the Word with faith”?
- In verse 4:11 the writer uses the paradox “…Let us be diligent to enter that rest…” How can we be diligent in the way described and ensure we enter God’s rest?
- Read verses 4:12-13 – What are these verses saying about the Word of God?