Speaker: Rob Turner
Text: Heb 3:1-6
Date: July 11th-12th, 2015
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BIG IDEA: Our perseverance in faith is sustained by our relentless focus on Christ, and not idolizing his servants.
1. The identity of Jesus (v1).
2. The obedience of Jesus (v2).
3. The superiority of Jesus (v3)
- Perseverance involves both effort & focus. - Perseverance is a community effort.
- Perseverance is a gift of joy.
For conversation and prayer:
1. God gives His people gifts. One of them is faithful leaders. In the history of the church, no one is quite like Moses. For years, he was the one regarded by the Jewish people as pivotal over and against most of their lineage of the faithful. Many times in the NT he’s regarded as a figure of importance still. But the author of Hebrews makes it very clear what is substantive in creating growth and perseverance: “consider Jesus...” (v1). Moses was faithful as a servant, as were many leaders in the Church’s history, but Jesus is faithful as a son. While we remember the legacy and life of many brothers and sisters, we’re to consider Jesus.
- What are healthy ways for us to consider others throughout church history?
- What are unhealthy ways?
2. This text doesn’t exclude the role of remembering the faithful. Matter of fact, this text helps us consider them in a way that helps us consider Christ. Look through the text (vs1-6) and see what’s mentioned about Moses. As you look, consider how the author uses those moments to honor God’s faithfulness through the life of Moses, and use it to point to the life and faithfulness of Christ.
- Consider the lives of brothers and sisters that have encouraged you? Perhaps a church leader long ago, or a personal friend or elder. What about their lives encouraged you?
- How can God use their lives and legacy as a way to point you to Christ?
3. The author says our boast is our hope (v6). Our hope is Christ.
- What does it mean to boast in our hope?
- What other sorts of hopes do others boast in?
- How can we boast in a way that helps others see our hope in Christ?
An Exposition of Hebrews by AW Pink
Hebrews for Everyone by NT Wright