|Jesus: Loud & Clear;
Front & Center (Hebrews)
The Danger of Selective Hearing (Part 2)
|January 11, 2015|
January 11, 2015
Sermon in a Sentence: “The process of sanctification isn’t automatic with our salvation; for us to mature, we must demonstrate our diligent love for God and his people.”
This Week’s Resources:
- The Compass Bible Study
- Word Search Answer Key
- Lighthouse Discussion Guide
- Lighthouse Leader Study Guide
Purpose: The focus of this lesson is the importance of spiritual maturity. As the writer to the Hebrews warns, spiritual maturity is not just important, but it is essential, for it is the sign of a new life in Christ. Just as we look to maturity and growth as a sign of physical life, so we must look to maturity and growth as a sign of spiritual life. One who claims to be a true believer, but shows no signs of spiritual growth or maturity, is, in fact, not a true believer, but only one who professes Christ, but is not born again.
In this lesson we will examine the qualities of a mature believer and look intently at how we can perceiver towards spiritual maturity.
- Looking back at your notes from this week’s sermon, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
- What are some immature, childlike habits or actions that simply would not be tolerated if seen in an adult?
- Can you share an example from your own life of how your thinking has progressed on an issue that you now recognize was “wrong thinking” when you were younger?
Read the Text (Hebrews 5:11-6:12)
Hebrews 6 continues a thought that started in Hebrews 5:11. The chapter divisions in the Bible were added many centuries after the original writings and are man-made, not inspired by God. Sometimes we need to read the end of a chapter with the beginning of the next, ignoring the chapter break, to understand the flow of thought. Read Hebrews 5:11–6:12.
- What was the issue in Hebrews 5:11-14?
- How does Hebrews 6 relate to the end of Hebrews 5?
- What actions and attitudes would you expect to find in a mature Christian?
- As a group, look up the following Scriptures and note the signs of maturity described in these verses.
- Ephesians 4:17–24
- Philippians 4:8
- 2 Corinthians 10:5
- 1 Corinthians 7:35
- Isaiah 26:3
- Romans 8:6
- Romans 12:1–2
- 1 Corinthians 6:19–20
- 2 Corinthians 6:17–18
- How do self-discipline and determination contribute towards our spiritual maturity?
- How should we respond during the “arid times” of our spiritual walk with the Lord?What things can you do when the ground is dry to bring you through to the other side and continue your growth toward maturity?
- How would you rate your present level of maturity?
- What could you do in 2015 to advance one level this year? Take some time and write down a few things that will help you grow and mature as a believer.
- Do you sense (fear) you are falling away? Share this with your spouse or close Christian brother or sister so they can prayerfully keep watch over you and encourage you in your journey.