I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for – we have God’s love lavished on us, and that’s worth getting stoked about!
This Sunday we’ll be continuing our study in Hebrews, reading chapter 5:11-6:12. This is a passage that contains another of the “warning verses” of this letter. You will do yourself a great favor by reading this text in the Message version from the link I provided.
The writer of this letter is emphatic in saying that we are expected to mature in our walk with Christ. What do you think he means that we should be teachers by now? What do you think it means to be “skilled in the word of righteousness“? How do you think we can mature in those areas of our Christian journey?
In chapter 6, the writer begins describing what he considers baby-food – the elementary aspects of our faith. Do you consider them elementary? How would you paraphrase what these “foundational” truths are?
v4-8 have been scary warnings for people all throughout church history. Instead of being challenged, people get frightened of losing their salvation. As you read this in the Message version, you may get a clearer picture of what the writer is getting at. What do you think the writer is trying to say in this section? (we’ll unpack it more carefully on Sunday)
In what ways does the writer seem to indicate that we can avoid spiritual sluggishness (v12)? How do we balance the truth that we are saved by grace alone, yet we are called to good works?
This will be a challenging study, but one that’s well worth our time. Let’s submit our lives the the Living Word and see how we can enter into a greater sense of wholeness in God – cool? Hope to see you Sunday!