Greater – Part 2 – What’s got your attention?
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, June 9, 2019
In a world full of distractions, where we place our attention may be the more important decision we make.
Life Group Study Guide
How connected are you? Do you love those days you can leave your phone on the charging station, or do you panic when its more than a meter away from you? Do you spend spare time online, or unplugging?
1. Was there something in this week’s teaching that particularly struck you or got you thinking?
2. The information age is being eclipsed by the attention age… With the constant onslaught of marketing and instant information accessibility, it is getting harder and harder to stay focused on what really matters let alone helping others do the same. Most of the stuff that crosses our field of view and eats up our time is not important, but there are a few things that are. Today’s teaching is about the most important thing.
Read Hebrews 2:1-4. These verses contain a warning and a comparison. The comparison is between the old message (delivered through angels to Moses and the prophets, which carried severe consequences if broken) and the new message (delivered directly by God the Son and carrying even greater consequences if broken). How would you put the warning this passage contains into your own words?
Are there ways that we run the risk of ignoring this warning?
3. Read Hebrews 2:5-10. This teaches us that part of our future glory with God is that we will control the future world, under the authority of Jesus. Talk about this… how familiar are you with this concept? Does it invite you or repel you? Why?
4. We do not experience now the glory that will come, but all who are children of God will experience it in the age to come. We can count on it because Jesus suffered death for us and has earned the right to bring us into the full experience of our salvation. The whole point of the chapter, though, is a warning to those who may think they have become children of God but are not. What would you say to someone who says, ‘I’m afraid I might not be a child of God.’? What would you say to someone who says, ‘I am a child of God.’, but doesn’t give any evidence of it in their lives?
5. Read Hebrews 2:11-18. Jesus had to become a human being, not just to make it easier to relate to us, but because only by becoming fully human could Jesus both sympathize with us and pay the penalty for our sins. Only the perfect, innocent, sinless One could offer to die for your sins and mine; everyone else has their own to pay for. What does it mean to you to be in relationship with Jesus in this way?
Read Hebrews 2:1-4 again.
What can you do today to focus more of your attention on Jesus and the gospel? What can you do today to help the people you know and care about do the same?