Jesus: Loud & Clear;
Front & Center (Hebrews)

The Danger of Selective Hearing (Part 3)

January 18, 2015

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January 18, 2015

This Week’s Take Home Truth: “The process of sanctification is not automatic with our salvation; for us to mature, we must draw our encouragement from our unchanging God and trust His promise to bring His people to glory.”

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Purpose: The focus of this lesson is the importance of biblical hope in the Christians life. True biblical hope is evidence of a mature believer, for even in difficult times, he believes in the God who promises him an inheritance that is eternal. The writer to the Hebrews seeks to encourage his readers with the testimony of Abraham.

In this lesson we will examine the promises of God to Abraham and how Abraham’s response demonstrated his faith. We will see how as Abraham’s spiritual children, we share in these promises, and that God is just as faithful to us in keeping His promises as he was to Abraham. The challenge for us in times of trials is to overcome discouragement, despair and doubt with faith that endures.

  • Looking back at your notes from this week’s sermon, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
  • Can you describe a time in your life when you were going through a difficult time? What gave you hope?
  • Can you describe a time when instead of hope, you struggled with doubt. What did you doubt? What caused you to doubt?

Read the Text (Hebrews 6:13-20)

Having given a stern warning to his readers in verses 1-12 to make their calling and election sure, the writer now seeks to encourage his readers by assuring them that God Himself has promised to see them safely home. To underscore this promise, the writer looks back to the covenant with Abraham and his experience in receiving the divine promises from God.

Chapter 6 ends with a ribbon of hope in an otherwise stormy passage. God’s pledge to Abraham is secure, and His pledge to us is secure. Read Hebrews 6:13-20.

Digging Deeper

  • Key to understanding the reason to hope in Hebrews 6:19-20 is to have confidence in the God of Abraham–our God–as a Promise Keeper. If you’re not familiar with the promises God made to Abraham, read these passages:
    • Genesis 12:1-2
    • Genesis 13:14-16
    • Genesis 15:4-6,18
    • Genesis 17:1-8,15-21
    • Genesis 21:1-12
    • Genesis 22:1-19
  • How did God guarantee His promise to Abraham?
  • What observations do you see as you review God’s promises to Abraham and Abraham’s response of faith?
  • What is significant to us about the observation made in Hebrews 6:15–“And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise.”
  • What is the significance of the writer to the Hebrews drawing on Abraham as an example the importance of God fulfilling his promises?
  • How do times of trials challenge our faith and belief in God?
  • How does Hebrews 6:19-20 offer hope in the midst of a storm?

Concluding Thoughts

  • What exhortations in Hebrews 6 have spoken to you the last three weeks? How do these help you live for Christ?
  •  How does Abraham’s example influence your hope?
  • What kind of hope do you have today? What concerns are you carrying today, and how can you apply Hebrews 6 to your life today?
  • Take a few minutes and write a simple prayer that draws from the promises of God spoken to you in times of despair. Thank Him for the hope of glory found in Jesus Christ.

If your life is anchored by the hope of future eternal life with Christ, you are an imitator of Christ, who looked to the resurrection when facing the cross. This is the hope that Abraham had when God directed him to sacrifice his only son, through whom the promise was to be fulfilled. In Hebrews 11 we will see that Abraham sustained his obedience because of his hope in the resurrection power of God. His hope was an anchor for his soul.

Biblical hope is sure and steadfast, based on the oath or promise of God, and rooted in the character of God, who cannot lie. This is the hope of Jesus, who entered within the veil, boldly approaching the throne of grace as a forerunner for us. If we believe that Jesus did this, then we must have confidence that we have what God promised us. We might not see the fulfillment of the promise yet, as Abraham did not see it when he left Ur and then Haran. But Abraham went where God called him, confident that God would lead him to what was promised. He had biblical hope, trusting in God, who cannot lie.

That’s what mature Christians are like. They live like Abraham. They have an unwavering confidence that God does not lie and that we are who He says we are, we have what He says we have, and we can do what He says we can do.–Kay Arthur