Stay At Home Study Guide- Heavenly Calling

Stay-At-Home Study Guide: Hebrews 3:1

Background Information:

  • The author of Hebrews is writing to a church community that had endured great persecution

  • The author is writing in order to encourage this community to persevere in the faith

  • More specificallyin the midst of their many trials and tribulations, in the midst of

    intense confusion and chaosthe author of Hebrews is calling his audience to focus on Christ, “the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:2).

    Key Verses:

  • Heb 10:32-34: Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.

  • Hebrews 3:1: Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.

    Discussion Questions:

    1. What do you think it means to ground your identity in Christ? What does this entail? 2. How do you think focusing on Christ and grounding your identity in Christ help in times of crises and confusion? 3. How would you define our general heavenly calling? 4. How do we begin to put these things into practice right now?

    Cheat Sheet:

    (1) example: I am forgiven, reconciled to God, loved unconditionally, the apple of “God’s eye,” redeemed, adopted into the family of God, an inheritor of the everlasting, eternal gifts and benefits of God’s family, hidden in Christ, united with Christ, dead [to sin] and alive [to newness of life] in Christ, risen and exalted and glorified in Christ // (2) in the midst of temporal and fleeting trials and difficulties, it grounds us in something objective, absolute, unchanging, eternal, everlasting // (3) our calling is to be like Christ to endure suffering patiently, to carry our crosses, to persevere in faith and hope, to love people and love God, to forgive others in the same way that we have received forgiveness, to do the will of our Father in heaven and work for his pleasure alone, to promote justice, mercy, faithfulness, peace, and love in the midst of hostility, to preach the gospel, to make disciples, etc. // (4) subjective answer

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