Greater – Part 1 – Worth it?
Sermon by Greg MacRobbie – Sunday, June 2, 2019
Is it worth the risk to follow Jesus, especially when there are so many unknowns?
Life Group Study Guide
Have you ever experienced buyer’s remorse? Most of us remember making an impulse purchase or a significant decision that came back to haunt us… What is yours?
1. Was there something in this week’s teaching that particularly struck you or got you thinking?
2. Individuals considering faith in Jesus are often hesitant to take the step of committing because they wrestle with whether it is the best thing for them or not. Many followers of Jesus also wrestle at times with doubts over whether they made the right decision in choosing to follow Jesus, especially when experiencing pain or disappointment as a result.
The letter to the Hebrews was written to help answer both questions. It provides powerful reasons to put your faith in Jesus, as well as to stay committed to Jesus for life.
Read Hebrews 1:1-3. In the opening verses of this letter, some of the most profound reasons are summarized. The list looks something like this: Jesus is worth trusting because He is:
- GOD’S FINAL REVELATION
- HEIR OF ALL THINGS
- CREATOR OF ALL THINGS
- GOD IN HUMAN FORM
- ALL POWERFUL
- SOURCE OF PURIFICATION
- HONOURED AS GOD
Which of these do you find harder to grasp? Which of these do you find greater hope in?
3. Read Hebrews 1:4-14. In these verses, Jesus is shown to be greater than the angels in many ways. According to this chapter, Jesus ranks above the angels because He is:
- GREATER IN RELATIONSHIP
- GREATER IN VALUE
- GREATER IN AUTHORITY
- GREATER IN SPAN
- GREATER IN SERVICE
For us, that may seem a bit strange. To the original recipients of this letter, this was a huge deal! For them, the angels were the greatest, most powerful beings around, and they were used by God to communicate the law to Moses. Only God Himself was more powerful and more worthy of respect.
In these verses, Jesus is shown to be far greater than they, occupying a position and exercising authority that they could never have, and the author did it by using the very words communicated to them through angels. The point of it all is that the words and message of Jesus deserve and demand even greater acceptance and trust than the words of Moses and the prophets or any other religious or spiritual voice in the world.
What difference do the qualities listed here make for you in determining to what extend you will listen to and obey the words of Jesus?
Read Hebrews 2:1-4…
What is God saying to you from His Word?
What are you going to do about it?