March 29 & April 5, 2015
IMPORTANT: We are heading into Easter week at First Family. This lesson is for the next two weeks.
- If you are a non-Sunday Lighthouse, you are encouraged to not meet this week, and instead encourage your Lighthouse to participate in the Night of Worship on Good Friday starting at 7:00 pm.
- If you are a Sunday Lighthouse, you will meet March 29, but not on Easter Sunday.
As a result, I am providing one lesson for the next two weeks. If you have any questions, let me know.
This Week’s Take Home Truth:
“Jesus, as the perfect picture of endurance, models for us faithful perseverance.”
This Week’s Resources:
- The Compass Bible Study
- Sermon PowerPoint (scroll down past the worship slides)
- Lighthouse Discussion Guide
- Lighthouse Leader Study Guide
In this lesson we focus in on the first two verses of Hebrews 12. The writer admonishes us to stay in the race and point us to the example of Jesus as one who has run the race and finished it.
We will examine the seven phrases that make up verses 1 -2 and look at how we can apply these to our own lives.
Looking back at your notes from this week’s sermon, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
What attitudes or actions tend to slow or stop your spiritual growth?
Can you think of an example of someone who has persevered against great odds? Where do you think there strength came from?
Read the Text (Hebrews 12:1-2)
It is only fitting that the writer to the Hebrews would conclude his magnificent journey through the halls of faith in chapter 11 with an equally supreme conclusion in Hebrews 12. Starting with a signal word–therefore–he encourages his readers to look to Jesus as the founder and perfecter of our faith. Read Hebrews 12:1-2.
This week we will look at the seven phrases that make up Hebrews 12:1-2. In each case, the focus is on the race in front of us and how Jesus is the one we look to for hope and to finish strong.
1. The Race Set Before Us.
- How do you describe this race in your life?
2. Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
- In what areas of your life do you look to Jesus continually?
- In what ways do you consider Jesus to be the author of your faith?
- In what ways do you rely upon Jesus to be the finisher of your faith?
3. The joy that was set before Him.
- What gives you joy as you run your faith race?
- What rewards are you trusting God to give you as you endure the hardships of this life?
4. Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses.
- Who has inspired you by their faith-based experiences to trust in God and manifest your faith in a difficult or challenging time or circumstance?
5. Lay aside every weight.
- In what ways are you laying aside every weight today?
6. Lay aside . . . the sin which so easily ensnares us.
- Are you aware of your areas of weakness?
- What are you doing to avoid temptation in those areas?
7. Run with endurance.
- How are you developing endurance in your faith?
- What is God using to develop persevering power in you?
- In what ways are you relying upon the Holy Spirit for endurance in your relationship with Christ Jesus?
Hebrews 12:1 encourages us to “lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely.” Make a mental list of the weights and sins which are “clinging closely” in your life. Continue to ask God to take them from you each day.
As you run the race of faith, keep these words from Isaiah in mind:
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
–Isaiah 40:29–31 (ESV)