Supplemental Study Guide
For Restoration Church
September 23, 2018
Sermon Notes Hebrews 6:1-6 Merle Meyers 9/23/2018
Head: What did I learn?
Heart: What did I feel?
Hands: What will I do about it?
(Is there a sin to confess, an attitude to adjust, a wrong to be made right, a behavior to start, or a behavior to stop?)
The author of Hebrews (we don’t know who wrote it…) commands the readers in vs. 1-2 to not do some things when they ‘leave the elementary doctrine of Christ’; this does not mean abandon them, but to build upon them! What would your life look like if you were to build upon the basics of grace through faith? What are the marks of a growing and maturing disciple?
Can a person ‘fall away’ from God’s grace? This passage speaks of people who seem to be believers. (Matt 7:23) How can a believer know if someone is not truly believing and not just attempting to fit in? Why is it imperative we understand and apply God’s infinite grace rather than a works-based religion? (Ephesians 2:8-10) Why is it essential for the believer to remember God’s goodness and power? How does this affect the life of the believer? How does this affect a person who does not yet believe? What effect will this have on the Church?
Do Christians "count the cost" before making the decision to become believers? Luke 14:28-30
We know that grace does not require anything to be repaid, earned, or achieved for salvation. What does this passage say about salvation? How can we become better followers of Jesus based upon this passage? What would your life look like? What will it take for you to become this kind of disciple? Are you willing to be obedient to God’s leading and take the steps of obedience? How much is your responsibility? How much is God’s?
Hebrews is a difficult book. It is difficult to interpret, the Greek is sophisticated and nuanced, the theology is complex and deep. All of these factors contribute in making the translator’s job incredibly significant. The author is not known. Some people say Paul, others Peter, some just shrug and say an early follower (duh.), other say Silvanus. Silvanus was a lawyer and one of Paul’s ministry cohort that accompanied him on a few journeys. (2nd Corinthinians, 1st & 2nd Thessalonians)He was also connected as an amanuensis* with Peter (1st Peter 5:12. An amanuensis is a clerk who will transcribe on behalf of the author. Learning how the books of the Bible came to be written, assembled, and recognized as God’s word to us is important. You can find out some of these things , and more, in the book How to read the Bible for All It’s Worth by Fee and Stuart. (paperback available on online)
When Israel made a Covenant with God, they always wanted to go back to their Pre-Covenant way of life. This never worked out well. Upholding God's will for you as His child can be painful. Many try to escape the pain by being "Secret Agent Christians," and playing "footsie" with the World Kingdom.
“Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
- CS Lewis