Speaker: Jason Wing
Text: Heb 2:1-4
Date: June 20th- 21st, 2015
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BIG IDEA: When you realize the greatness of your salvation, you’ll choose to be close to your Saviour.
￼￼￼1. Why is the message of salvation so great? vs. 3-4
2. How are we to respond to it? vs. 1-3
3. What happens if we don’t? vs. 1-3
For conversation and prayer:
1. The author of Hebrews begins to move from pointing to the history wide and cosmically large preeminence of Jesus, to how we ought to live in light of it. They write that we’re to “pay close attention to what we have heard...”.We often think the Gospel of Christ as the news that gets our foot in the door of the Christian life. Once we’re inside, we move onto other things. But the author here tells us to be close attention to what we’ve heard. We’re to be diligent and constant in our thinking through and on the Gospel. It isn’t something to pay intellectual homage to and move on.
- What sorts of things in life do you pay close attention to? - Why do we often think the gospel isn’t worth paying close attention to?
2. There’s a huge slippery slope that can begin if we don’t pay careful attention to the gospel. The author of Hebrews writes, “...lest we drift away from it.” The word drift gives us the image of a piece of wood, slowly floating away from shore. It isn’t sudden, but over time you find the wood farther and farther. We can be like that with the Gospel. If we allow other things and people to become good news, and stop meditating on the gospel, we can slowly, but surely drift away from the gospel.
- Given the danger of “drifting away”, how can community be essential in helping us not do this?
- In what ways is it easy for us, when we’re on our own, to drive away?
3. Lastly, the author reminds us of the source of the Gospel. Not only have angels pronounced it, but it was declared “first by the Lord...while God also bore witness by signs and wonders...” (vs3-4)
- What does it say about the author of the Gospel if we insist on not paying close attention to it?
The Doctrine of the Word of God by John Frame
An Exposition of Hebrews by AW Pink
Hebrews for Everyone by NT Wright